Judge’s Note: There was some controversy this morning as a result of Dan Vinton selecting Colin Firth as a nominee for actor in a leading role, but labeling him as being in “A Single Man.” Because Colin Firth did not star in both films, it was clear to the judge, upon a second review of the results, what Dan Vinton meant. It is no more fair to let someone lose on a small mistake like that than to let someone win on a similar mistake. The intent of the pick was clear, given how easy it would be, when submitting a list of nominees, to surreptitiously mistake “A Single Man” for “A Serious Man,” especially when I made the mistake a few times while putting together the spreadsheet.
Both Dan Vinton of AndyAtTheMovies.com and Aaron Peck of Cache Magazine correctly picked 39/45 nominees in the big eight Oscar categories of Best Picture, Directing, the four acting categories, original and adapted screenplay…
SO WE GO TO A TIEBREAKER!!!!
The tiebreaker for the nominees was: How many total nominations will “Avatar” receive?
Well, the film received NINE nominations. What did our esteemed prognosticators guess, however?
Aaron Peck said…7.
Dan Vinton said…7.
So what do we do now? I refer back to my original e-mail to the contestants:
I’ll compile everyone’s picks, and whoever gets the most out of 45, wins. If there’s a tie, the tiebreaker will be as follows:
1) Total nominations for Avatar
2) Total nominations for Up in the Air
3) Total Best Picture nominees guessed correctly.
4) It’s just a damn tie.
Well, no one followed these rules except Harry, since I had to solicit tiebreakers from everyone post facto. I did not receive total nominations for “Up in the Air” from either Aaron or Dan, so we will mark them both as a ZERO.
That puts us at total best picture nominees guest correctly. Aaron Peck valiantly guessed 8 of 10 Best Picture nominees, but he was edged by Dan, who got 9 out of 10 correct, and by a NOSE HAIR, he will be named the 2010 KVNU OSCAR SMACKDOWN CHAMPION.
Peck, Vinton, Andy Morgan and Harry Caines all were challenged to select their picks for the nominees in the eight major Oscar categories of Best Picture, Directing, Actor in a Leading Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Writing (Original Screenplay), and Writing (Adapted Screenplay.)
Peck chose 8/10 Best Picture nominees and edged out Harry Caines and Andy Morgan to place a close second. Harry Caines finished third with 36 correct picks, and Andy Morgan brought up the rear with 32.
Some of the most common missteps from the competition: Everyone selected “500 Days of Summer” as a nominee for Original Screenplay, however it was not nominated.
There were two categories where none of the selectors correctly guessed one of the nominees. All four men missed “In the Loop” from the Original Screenplay category and “The Messenger” from Adapted Screenplay.