Row Three (Last Minute) OSCAR POOL!

Because of popular demand, we’ve put together a fun little Oscar Pool for you this year. We’re doing things a little bit differently this year. We’ve put together a point system based on various Oscar prediction sites, Vegas odds and a little of my own inklings of arbitrary.

Here’s how it works. Based on “difficulty”, each answer is worth anywhere from one to five points. Best picture is worth a whopping ten points because… well, it’s best picture and that’s the way I did it. No answer is required but there’s no penalty for getting it wrong (other than you don’t get the points), so you might as well guess. Person with the most points wins! You may re-submit your responses at any time (last set of responses will count as your official entry). Pool closes sometime Sunday afternoon; so get your picks in ASAP!

Prizes will be dished out to the first and second place winner. Thanks to Corey Pierce and CriticalMassCast for sponsoring this contest and providing the DVD prizes. All RowThree contributors are encouraged to participate for fun but are not eligible for the prize pack. For official rules, please call 1-800-figureitoutyourself.

Not every single official category is here but to make up for it I added some of my own categories. I hope you’ll approve. Let the games begin…



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Goon
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Note on prizes, since we put this together at the last minute, I’m giving away a few of the long pile of slightly used DVDS (and a few blu rays) I have in my closet.

Better than nothing! It’s not just stuff I couldn’t sell or give away to other people, some good titles in there.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Here is how you pick OSCAR winners. (Thanks to Ryan McNeil for the heads up on this article):

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/oscar-voters-brutally-honest-ballot-422546

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

OH, and for the record, my (amended by last nights Cinecast discussion) picks:

BEST MOTION PICTURE:
Lincoln

DIRECTOR:
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

ACTOR:
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

ACTRESS:
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Django Unchained

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Life of Pi

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Amour

ANIMATED FILM:
Brave

PRODUCTION DESIGN:
Anna Karenina

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Skyfall

COSTUME DESIGN:
Mirror Mirror

DOCUMENTARY:
Searching for Sugar Man

DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
Open Heart

EDITING:
Zero Dark Thirty

HAIR & MAKE-UP:
The Hobbit

ORIGINAL SCORE:
Life of Pi

ORIGINAL SONG:
“Skyfall” from Skyfall
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

SOUND EDITING:
Skyfall

SOUND MIXING:
Skyfall

VISUAL EFFECTS:
Life of Pi

ANIMATED SHORT:
Paperman

LIVE ACTION SHORT:
Curfew

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

But what do I know, that’d make SKYFALL be winning the most Oscars of the night with the low number of 4; followed by Lincoln (3) & Life of Pi (3)…

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

In terms of picks. I got 14 right. Not a terrible batting average on a night where everything went a little off-kilter.

Ryan McNeil
Guest

I got 21.
That and a token get me on a subway.

Japeman
Guest

I voted 🙂

Matthew Fabb
Guest

For the best Visual Effects, ILM has been releasing cool behind the scenes Avengers videos that I imagine are the help them win votes (since none of this cool stuff was on the DVD/blu-rays).
Like this one pointing out that the majority of the shots in New York city were actually digital with ILM mapping out the city with these photo spheres and recreating the city:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6NNQ3VAb3w
This combined with the work they did on the Hulk (check their account they have other videos on YouTube) I think might help them win. These kind of videos seem to be all about winning more Oscar votes.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

ILM has the Prometheus mapping tech? I hope they don’t touch the alligators in the New York City sewers….

rot
Guest

if you fill this out do you get an email copy of your picks? Otherwise will need to write out ahead of time and then input.

Goon
Guest

You don’t. It’s just a game, unless these are your SUPER SERIOUS picks I’d just fill it out on the fly. Besides, this pool has some odd questions.

rot
Guest

I do nothing on the fly, I am the grandmaster of this shit. Just I have a bad memory.

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Matthew Fabb
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By the way, I looked up how many tweets other events got and the Golden Globes got 1.3 million while the Grammys got 2.1 million.

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