Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Contest Coming

I have to do this earlier than planned, only because Mike is going to be visiting Mordor next week. I don't know if there is wi-fi at Helm's Deep.

What he doesn't know is that one does not simply walk into Mordor! psssssst..... don't tell him.

A week or two ago, Mr. SAST painted me into a corner, in a certain respect, when he thought he could best me in picking winners for the Academy Awards.

...and I quote:  I will challenge you to a contest -- who can pick the highest number of Oscar winners? Winner gets to gloat, loser must admit failure.

I think you all know me well enough to know that even if I don't win, I will not admit failure. If things don't go my way, I'll just blame the folks at PriceWaterhouseCoopers or Ernst & Young for wrong-doing.

As any good account should ask, "what do you want the number to be?"

That said, I'm game for a contest and am opening it up to beyond just Mike and myself. Clearly, you have to comment with your selections at least 24 hours before the broadcast - I think that's fair.

I don't see any prizes more than the ones Mike has laid out because besides not admitting failure, you all know I'm cheap as hell.

I will post the categories below, which will not be all inclusive for the entire Oscar race. I am not getting into sound editing or best lighting design. C'mon - that's a bigger crap shoot than the rest of the awards.

I have zero idea about most of these, even if I've seen most of these. Mine are educated guesses, at best. I believe Mike might be gloating upon his return from Mt. Doom.

Best Picture - the Descendants

Best Director - Alexander Payne (the Descendants)

Best Actor - Jean Dujardin

Best Actress - Meryl Streep  (it will go to Viola Davis, but it should be Meryl Streep)

Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Plummer

Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer

Best Visual Effects - Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Pt 2

Best Adapted Screenplay - the Descendants

Best Original Screenplay - Midnight in Paris

Good Luck to all.   And more to the point - Good Luck to me!

Song by: Michelle Shocked


Birdie said...

New Zealand is my dream trip. The husband hopes someday to take me there.

I'd jump in your contest, but I've seen only two of the contending movies. Maybe I could fit in some more while I lie around the house. I can't wait to hear your acceptance speech (regardless of the outcome).

BosGuy said...

I didn't even go to the movie theater in 2011. In 2010, I went to the movies once (bringing my nephews to see "Yogi Bear 3-D"...

Are you going to NZ? Just getting caught up now that I've returned from vacation. If so,have a wonderful time and take lots of photos.

Ur-spo said...

According to Fodor's, Mordor has no 3 star restaurants, and the speed traps are killers; no fun to visit.

Erik Rubright said...

Instead of walking, it's faster to fly an Eagle INTO Mordor. That would have saved me like 8 hours of my life instead of watching all those damn movies.

As for the contest, I'll pick:

Best Picture: "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" (Because the title reminds me of a night with the Husbear after eating Mexican...)
Best Director: "The Artist" (Because we all know how hard it can be to direct artists...)
Best Actor: George Clooney in "The Descendants" (Because he's freakin' George Clooney! Duh!)
Best Actress: Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (Just because it has "tattoo" in the title.)
Best Supporting Actor: Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn" (Because he's kinda cute when he has facial hair.)
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids" (Who doesn't like wedding poop in the street humor?)
Best Visual Effects: "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" (Duh! Freakin' Giant Fighting Robots!)
Best Adapted Screenplay: "The Ides of March" (I got nothing for this pick, other than a flashback to high school and reading something that had that reference in it.)
Best Original Screenplay: "Bridesmaids" (Again, because poop humor should win an Oscar!)

Of course, the only one of these I have seen was Transformers....

Mike said...

Well, well, well, Blobby -- without even seeing your post first, I went ahead and selected my guesses for Oscar winners on my blog tonight. But -- ahem -- i went all out - and DID select for all of the categories. But that's OK - we all do what we can do...

I'm not saying I'm gonna win, cuz as you point out, it's a crap shoot. But i WAS winner of the Oscar pool at the office a few year's running. Just sayin'

May the best man win...