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Re: Oscar Contest 2018

Post by Randall » March 9th, 2018, 1:02 pm

Well, I totally get where she's coming from. Beating Tami is really the only motivation I have for even putting in a ballot anymore. I just don't follow films enough (or I'm just plain too clueless and un-intuitive) to stay competitive with the big guns.

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Re: Oscar Contest 2018

Post by James » March 9th, 2018, 3:45 pm

I saw 6 of the 9 Best Picture nominees... and came in 60th out of 69! So it's probably less about following films or being intuitive and more a bit of luck and a bit of seeing which way the wind is blowing the week before the show!

It'd be interesting to go back and see how late previous winners turned in their ballots.

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Re: Oscar Contest 2018

Post by James » March 10th, 2018, 11:54 pm

Just for fun, went back and looked at the last six years worth of winners. The earliest any of them turned their ballot in was six days before the contest. Lesson is to wait I guess! Freaks me out a bit though when no one has entered as the deadline approaches!

2018 Deadline: 3/2
-- winner entered 3/2
-- winner entered 3/2

2017 Deadline: 2/24
-- winner entered 2/23

2016 Deadline: 2/26
-- winner entered 2/25

2015 Deadline: 2/20
-- winner entered 2/18
-- winner entered 2/17

2014 Deadline: 2/28
-- winner entered 2/28
-- winner entered 2/28
-- winner entered 2/27
-- winner entered 2/25
-- winner entered 2/25
-- winner entered 2/25
-- winner entered 2/24
-- winner entered 2/24
-- winner entered 2/23
-- winner entered 2/22

2013 Deadline: 2/22
-- winner entered 2/21

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Re: Oscar Contest 2018

Post by jamesjohn70 » March 14th, 2018, 1:43 am

I am so bad at this contest. I end up at the bottom every year. This year was extra hard. So many big movies in best picture. Oh well it's the fun of guessing that counts.
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Oscar Contest 2019 - 15th Anniversary!

Post by James » February 14th, 2019, 9:14 pm

Animated Views is giving away $50 worth of movies — your choice of either an Amazon gift card or a Fandango gift card — during our 15th Annual Oscar Event! All you have to do is predict who is going to win at the 91st Annual Academy Awards (to be held on Sunday, February 24th, and televised on ABC). The person with the most correct picks will win!

Make your prediction in each category using this form. Don't forget to fill in your Animated Views forum username and password (check your profile if you have forgotten and to confirm that your email address is still correct). Not a forum member? Registration is free and easy so why not sign-up now!

The reason we require forum registration is because it's an easy way for us to confirm your email address and to weed out spambots — you never have to actually use the forum if you don't want to and, other than a message to confirm your address (and another if you win!), we do not send forum members emails.

All entries must be received by Friday, February 22nd, at 11:59pm ET. One entry per person please. If you send more than one entry, only the first one received will be counted.

And our Oscar Event will continue with live chat during the telecast! We'll talk about the people, the fashions, the story-lines, and the awards. We'll also be keeping track who is winning our contest in real time! Results will also be posted online as the awards are announced.

NOTE: I made some changes to the code this year. Let me know of any issues as soon as possible!

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Re: Oscar Contest 2019 - 15th Anniversary!

Post by James » February 14th, 2019, 9:15 pm

Here are a few links that might be useful.

- This is the contest page with the ballot and rules: http://animatedviews.com/oscars/2019/

- This is a list of all the people who have entered. On Oscar night this link will keep a live running score of who is winning the contest: http://animatedviews.com/oscars/2019/results.php

- This link will allow you to review what you picked and give you the option to download/print a PDF file of all the nominees with your picks highlighted: http://animatedviews.com/oscars/2019/review.html

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Re: Oscar Contest 2019 - 15th Anniversary!

Post by James » February 14th, 2019, 9:19 pm

PREVIOUS WINNERS
(and the number they predicted right out of the 22 categories we count)

2005 - DarrenBest (18)
2006 - dgaspar (18), Mercury52 (18)
2007 - Jim Figley (14)
2008 - MrDy83 (16)
2009 - MileHighCinephile (20), Bobbleheadbuddha (20)
2010 - Jafar (19), reeg2223 (18)
2011 - rmh (20)
2012 - Bobbleheadbuddha (18), Soraly (18)
2013 - leonorab (20)
2014 - rgross3, brobr6, djp2000, GeorgeMonkey, instlouis, Jafar, leonorab, ripkenkid843, WalkingDisaster, Joe Kenobi (21)
2015 - dgaspar, Unbreakable Samurai (19)
2016 - Msonsky (18)
2017 - dmccd777 (17)
2018 - woodsbaker, jwvaughn007 (21)

RECORDS

- Most wins: 2
Bobbleheadbuddha (2009, 2012)
Jafar (2010, 2014)
leonorab (2013, 2014)
dgaspar (2006, 2015)

- Most consecutive wins: 2
leonorab (2013, 2014)

- Most correct picks (out of the 22 categories we count): 21
tie between ten people in 2014 and two people in 2018

- Easiest year to predict: 2014
ten winners correctly predicted 21 of 22 categories

- Toughest year to predict: 2007
one winner correctly predicted 14 of 22 categories

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Re: Oscar Contest 2019 - 15th Anniversary!

Post by Dacey » February 15th, 2019, 12:47 am

Almost no frontrunners this year, so this is going to take a lot of guessing!
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Re: Oscar Contest 2019 - 15th Anniversary!

Post by Bill1978 » February 15th, 2019, 5:08 am

For the past few years I've been boring and just picked the winners from each Guild. This year I'm throwing caution to the wind and just gonna vote for my actual favourite (or who I want to win) in each category. It's not like the guilds have ever helped me win, so why not just go with potluck

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Re: Oscar Contest 2019 - 15th Anniversary!

Post by Dacey » February 16th, 2019, 11:04 pm

Of the Best Picture nominations I've seen, A Star is Born is the one I loved the most. Profoundly moving and raw, but it's looking like its award chances have slimmed over the past few weeks.

Still, fingers crossed. Who knows? My votes might just improve its chances. ;)
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Re: Oscar Contest 2019 - 15th Anniversary!

Post by ohmahaaha » February 17th, 2019, 1:02 pm

Thanks for doing this again, James - always fun! :)

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Re: Oscar Contest 2019 - 15th Anniversary!

Post by gaastra » February 17th, 2019, 3:51 pm

I do so awful every year at this but have fun so I do it anyways! Wow last year went by so fast.

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Re: Oscar Contest 2019 - 15th Anniversary!

Post by Ben » February 18th, 2019, 10:37 am

You need to see Judy Garland and James Mason, Dacey. Like, desperately. :)

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Re: Oscar Contest 2019 - 15th Anniversary!

Post by EricJ » February 18th, 2019, 10:48 am

Ben wrote:You need to see Judy Garland and James Mason, Dacey. Like, desperately. :)
Anyone (like, opportunistically culture-parasiting singers with little guy-eyes and big guy-shoulders) who think it began with a 70's Barbara Streisand movie about rock singers, needs to. ALSO desperately.

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Re: Oscar Contest 2019 - 15th Anniversary!

Post by Dacey » February 18th, 2019, 2:13 pm

Ballot submitted!

And I've actually seen all four versions, having seen the first three films years ago. The Garland version is heartbreaking, of course, though sadly the so-called "original version" is apparently lost as it was shortened by a studio that was concerned over it being overly long (so the DVD I saw the film on at least has some "original scenes" in terrible condition or including audio only, but maybe that's changed in the years since? I'm a little sketchy on the details regarding how this happened, but it is a darn shame).

For my money, I was a little let down the Gaga version didn't include the moving final line (which actually originates from the 30's version), but her "curtain call" is such an emotionally exhausting moment that I also think it works fine without it. And there's a terrific (and haunting) nod to the Garland film early on with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" being used briefly by Gaga over the opening titles, and her voice has such great classical range that I almost thought it was like a demo track of Garland singing at first!

(And no one thinks it "began" with the Streisand film)
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