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!
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