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FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE OSCAR CONTEST

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 Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard

Welcome to

The Friday Night Movie
Annual Oscar Contest

Oscar Night was
Sunday, February 28, 2016


The ballots have been tallied and the 88th Academy Awards are over. There was a lot of love for Mad Max: Fury Road with 6 Oscars. The Best Picture race was tight this year, but I'm glad to see that my top choice--Spotlight--took home the golden statuette. There were two notable upsets with Best Supporting Actor going to Bridge of Spies' Mark Rylance over Sly Stallone who was favored. And the little sci-fi movie that could--Ex Machina--beat out both Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the aforementioned Mad Max: Fury Road for Best Visual Effects.

Thanks to all for taking part in my 14th annual Oscar contest. The top winners this year were tied for first place. Congrats to three-time winner Nelson Wong who tied with first-time winner Erik Keller, both with 18 out of 21 right in the feature-length categories. The shorts tie-breaker didn't help this time since both got 1 of the shorts categories right. Second place went to Tim McAnany with 17 right and third place to Jimmy Orsag with 16, who found my contest on the Interwebs years ago and has played every year since.

Check out the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) Awards Central for more details on this year's Oscars.

Thanks for participating. See you on the red carpet next year.


And the Oscar goes to...

Best Motion Picture of the Year
   The Big Short
   Bridge of Spies
   Brooklyn
   Mad Max: Fury Road
   The Martian
   The Revenant
   Room
   Spotlight

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
   Bryan Cranston in Trumbo
   Matt Damon in The Martian
   Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
   Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs
   Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
   Cate Blanchett in Carol
   Brie Larson in Room
   Jennifer Lawrence in Joy
   Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years
   Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
   Christian Bale in The Big Short
   Tom Hardy in The Revenant
   Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight
   Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies
   Sylvester Stallone in Creed

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
   Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight
   Rooney Mara in Carol
   Rachel McAdams in Spotlight
   Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl
   Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs

Best Achievement in Directing
   Lenny Abrahamson for Room
   Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for The Revenant
   Tom McCarthy for Spotlight
   Adam McKay for The Big Short
   George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
   Bridge of Spies
   Ex Machina
   Inside Out
   Spotlight
   Straight Outta Compton

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
   The Big Short
   Brooklyn
   Carol
   The Martian
   Room

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
   Anomalisa
   Boy and the World
   Inside Out
   Shaun the Sheep Movie
   Wehn Marnie Was There

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
   Embrace of the Serpent
   Mustang
   Son of Saul
   Theeb
   A War

Best Achievement in Cinematography
   Carol
   The Hateful Eight
   Mad Max: Fury Road
   The Revenant
   Sicario

Best Achievement in Editing
   The Big Short
   Mad Max: Fury Road
   The Revenant
   Spotlight
   Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Achievement in Production Design
   Bridge of Spies
   The Danish Girl
   Mad Max: Fury Road
   The Martian
   The Revenant

Best Achievement in Costume Design
   Carol
   Cinderella
   The Danish Girl
   Mad Max: Fury Road
   The Revenant

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
   Mad Max: Fury Road
   The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
   The Revenant

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
   Bridge of Spies
   Carol
   The Hateful Eight
   Sicario
   Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
   "Earned It" from Fifty Shades of Grey
   "Til It Happens to You" from The Hunting Ground
   "Manta Ray" from Racing Extinction
   "Writing's On The Wall" from Spectre
   "Simple Song #3" from Youth

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
   Bridge of Spies
   Mad Max: Fury Road
   The Martian
   The Revenant
   Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
   Mad Max: Fury Road
   The Martian
   The Revenant
   Sicario
   Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
   Ex Machina
   Mad Max: Fury Road
   The Martian
   The Revenant
   Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Documentary, Feature
   Amy
   Cartel Land
   The Look of Silence
   What Happened, Miss Simone?
   Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom

Short Categories (used for tie-breaker only)

Best Documentary, Short Subject
   Body Team 12
   Chau, Beyond the Lines
   Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
   A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
   Last Day of Freedom

Best Short Film, Animated
   Bear Story
   Prologue
   Sanjay's Super Team
   We Can't Live Without Cosmos
   World of Tomorrow

Best Short Film, Live Action
   Ave Maria
   Day One
   Everything Will Be Okay
   Shok
   Stutterer
   

Contest Participants
with # of correct guesses
(Number after decimal point is for # of correct shorts for the tie-breaker)


18.1 Erik Keller
18.1 Nelson Wong
18.1 Kevin Tyrrell
17.0 Tim McAnany
16.1 Entertainment Weekly
16.0 Jimmy Orsag
15.2 Patricia Morris
15.0 Rick Rosenblatt
15.0 Trish Mistric
15.0 Erik Hobbs
13.2 Barbara Matteau
13.0 John Huerta
13.0 Katie Wallace
12.0 Matt McGovern
12.0 Kathy Gallagher
11.1 David Van Stone
11.1 Meredith Charles
10.0 Erica Machut
9.0 Jed Shumsky
8.2 Barnert. Bill Barnert.
8.1 Pragati Gupta
8.1 Tim Wholey
8.1 Ursula Boyle
7.2 Jennifer Petitt
7.1 Philip Roberts
7.1 Paul Hoffman
7.1 Favorite Sister-in-law Mary Ellen
7.0 Peter Zalewski
6.2 Rob Bowen
6.1 Ben Krebsbach
6.1 Lisa Smallwood
6.1 Brenda Van Damme
6.0 Paul Bielawski
5.1 Julie Duddy
5.1 Margaret O'Connell
4.2 Scott Sughrue
4.0 Isaac Pittman
3.2 Eric Karnowski
3.0 Leslie Baker