Posts tagged “85th Academy Awards

Oscars 2013 by Statistics

All right. I did this, I think, two years ago, for the first time. It was one of those random ideas I had while thinking up articles, and since I was basically unemployed at the time, had nothing else to do and had a lot of free time on my hands, I wrote it up. I wrote up a lot of articles that year.

But essentially what it was — I love random statistics, and have a real love/hate relationship with them. As in, I don’t always buy into statistics as the be-all, end-all way to figure something out. After a while, it just comes down to gut feeling and intangibles, and all that immeasurable stuff you just can’t calculate. But, on the other hand, they are fun, and when they work out, they are things you can point to, like, “Well, I mean, look at the numbers.”

Anyway, the idea I got was — “If we listed all the nominees in the major categories, how many times has each position won?” You have your Best Picture list every year. How many times has the first alphabetical film won? How many times has the last alphabetical film won? And so on.

It means nothing. Absolutely nothing. But, I love statistics, so I did it, and I keep doing it. Because it’s fun. And I’m doing it again today. (more…)


Oscars 2012 Recap

Another year is in the books, and so is another Oscar ceremony. The 85th Academy Awards were handed out last night, and we have our winners. This was an even better year than the last two years were, and I liked the last two years. I thought 2012 was a better year for movies and a better year for Oscar movies than the previous ones. Which is always a nice thing to be able to say.

Overall, I think the show was terrific. It clocked in at something like 3 hours and 35 minutes, which is terrific. Nothing really slowed it down, and they did a lot of things right. So I’m a fan of that. I kind of wish they did a bit more with MacFarlane as host. It felt like they went broad with a lot of the jokes, and some of them were a bit too… childish. Like the song about boobs. But whatever. I love that it was a tribute to musicals.

Anyway, let’s just get into the recap, that’s what we care about here anyway: (more…)


85th Academy Awards Results

The winners at the Oscars tonight were (in the order they were give out):

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Animated Short: Paperman

Best Animated Feature: Brave

Best Cinematography: Life of Pi

Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi (more…)


Oscars 2012: The Quick Picks

In case you wanted something easier to reference than my 2012 Oscar Picks article.

This is just a (mostly) abbreviated list of all my predictions for the Oscars (which are happening within the next hour, hour and a half).

The way this works is, I’m going through each category, listing my personal choices for each one, listing what I think you should take on your ballot (as well as an alternative choice of what’s most likely to win if not the one I’m telling you to take), listing what I’m taking on my ballot, actually saying what will win if my pick doesn’t (just to show you that even if I’m wrong, I’m usually right there on every category but the real shockers), and then giving you very brief (compared to the other article) analysis of the category so you can fill out your ballot and such and not have to refer to the clusterfuck that is that predictions article.

So here they are. Good luck, everyone (go beat all those fucks you’re watching with): (more…)


Oscars 2012: Picks, Votes, Analysis, Rankings

Oscar night is upon us.

I must say, I am proud of myself this year. I went through this season without reading much of anything other than who won the precursors. I only started checking the Oscar blogs and such after I finalized these picks, and I have to say — I’m glad I didn’t read them. People get bitter real quick and start campaigning for shit. The whole thing is littered with subjectivity and negativity. It’s disgusting.

Anyway, what I’m gonna do here is what I do every year — try to get as close to 24/24 as I can. My average is around 16-18, depending on the year. If I get at least 16, then I consider myself as having been successful in picking. I’ll go through every category, list my personal preferences (like I did in all my Oscar Quest articles), then talk about which nominee I think is most likely to win, which is that film’s main competition, and which film has the potential to upset and win the category. Then I’ll finish by telling you what is the smart choice, what I think you should have on your ballot (if you want to win your Oscar pool. From 2006-2010, I had a contest with my friends, telling them that if any of them outguessed me, I would buy them dinner. I never paid for one dinner. You’re free to do what you want, and I assume we’ll have at least a few differences of opinion anyway, which is why I’m only suggesting what the smartest course of action is), and what I have on my ballot. (I’ll also, just before the show, post a Quick Picks version of this article for reference purposes.) I also color-code everything, to make it as easy to read (and as colorful) as possible.

So let’s get right into it: (more…)


My Favorite Moments in the 2012 Best Picture Nominees: Zero Dark Thirty

We complete our articles today with Zero Dark Thirty.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Zero Dark Thirty:

Zero Dark Thirty - Title Card (more…)


My Favorite Moments in the 2012 Best Picture Nominees: Silver Linings Playbook

Our next Best Picture nominee is Silver Linings Playbook.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Silver Linings Playbook:

Silver Linings Playbook - Title Card (more…)