Contests

This had to be one of the easiest Producers Guild races to call – we had a high number of perfect scorers. Find out who they were after the cut.

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Okay, Oscar watchers. We aren’t going to run a WGA contest, but we will run a Producers Guild top ten predictions contest. Do your worst!

Remember, if you choose to use the alternates to write in films you don’t see on the list, leave two slots blank in the pull-down menu selection.

The Producers Guild nominations will occur on January 4th, 2011.

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“What 2010 movies do film insiders love best?” That’s the premise of a year-end reflection at Salon.com, and I’d like to pose the same open question to our own distinguished insiders — the worldwide readership of Awards Daily. Here’s a chance to show some retrospective respect to the movie or filmmaker that touched you or thrilled you most deeply this year. (I’ll pick a reader at random to receive a DVD or Blu-ray of his or her choice).*

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Sorry this took so long, peeps. But we’re preparing for our Producers Guild Predict the Ten contest (coming some time today) and wanted to clear out the backlogs. And so, congratulations to our winner:

Megan McLachlan, who got an astonishing score of 9 correct answers out of a possible 14. The highest. Please send an email to awardsdaily@gmail.com, Megan, to claim your prize. The runners-up, after the cut.

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Rigorous wordplay
Turns adversity to verse;
Squabbles sound sweeter.

My favorite thing about haiku contests is how they ask that we carefully consider our wording so all the clashing opinions find the same rhythm in a harmonious chorus.

I was supposed to choose a few of the best Haiku to highlight when the giveaway winners were announced. But, you know, 95% of the entrants were so great I would’ve had to cut-and-paste dozens to effectively represent all the cleverness on display. Anyone who missed it can check out the whole post, and enjoy.

The winner and runnersup were chosen with the punch of a button at randomizer.org. No surprise that each random choice was outstanding in and of itself — because the odds were so low of randomly picking a dud from all your excellent efforts.

Winner: #53 (cineJAB)
Runnersuo: #18 (Tero Heikkinen) and #82 (Jacob)

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If you think you are ready to do your worst, you may enter our contest to predict the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics — ENTER NOW!

Meanwhile, we have a few conditions of our own….Here are our predictions, such as they are. Remember, a grain of salt. Simply predicting what they will vote for can impact what they will vote for. ‘Tis human nature. They will all say, of course, that nothing impacts the way they vote and maybe they are right. I have no idea. But I settle into my armchair and make outlandish presumptions nonetheless.

Our players are Erik Anderson (ICS), Damien Bona (Inside Oscar), Ed Douglas (Coming Soon), Craig Kennedy (Living in Cinema), Kris Tapley (In Contention), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) and AD, of course.

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The high scorers, getting 14 right:

Anessa Barbosa USA
Jeremy Brown USA
Andrew Rosenthal United States of America
Olivier D’Amour Canada
Billy (wegoldberg) USA

More winners after the cut.

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Enter Now

The first awards group out of the gate is almost always the National Board of Review. Because of this, their choices can sometimes reflect the earlier phase of the Oscar race. We only really have last year’s ten Best Picture choices to the NBoR to see how closely they were aligned. But prior to last year, it was the norm that at least three eventual Best Picture nominees would be represented.

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It’s all happening! The awards season is finally off. Next week, the National Board of Review will announce their winners and the films that they name will have an automatic head start. Does that mean they’ll be a close match with Oscar? Probably not. With five Best Pic contenders buried in their top ten, it was kind of easy. But with a ten by ten match-up, I predict it will be near impossible. I’m going to guess that the NBR matches Oscar about six out of the ten categories. Just a hunch. We also have the Globes, the Critics Choice and the AFI, not to mention the critics’ top ten lists. Click here to predict how the NBR will go. To check out the National Board of Review’s site, which shows how they voted last year (five foreign film runners-up, plus a foreign language winner), click here.

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No doubt you will discover some films not on the list. You have two places to add those I neglected to add. But if you find that I have left off more than you can jot down, please email me and let me know. Otherwise, give it your best shot. We will have a couple of interesting prizes to choose from, to be announced later. And if you want to see deep background, check out this post on the NBR with past winners and nominees.

We’re trying something new here at Awards Daily that we’ve never done. We’re starting the contests early and you can have bragging rights for knowing best how the NBR will go. They announce on Thursday, so enter now . I’ve added the animated feature category as well because it isn’t a guarantee it will be Wall-E – it might be Waltz with Bashir.

Who but Awards Daily readers could do this better? Cinematical is asking for captions (looks like a Moviefone advertising tie-in) to this photo:

I’d like to win this bike. Is that the His or the Hers? Maybe this is the Hers.

Ever wonder how someone gets a 20 out of 24 score on Oscar predictions? We here at Awards Daily do. This year’s winner, Brandon Jones, tells us the secrets of his success:

AwardsDaily: What made you choose both Cotillard and Swinton?
BJ: Swinton, I think, gave one of the best performances of the past few years. She is also an actress that is consistently good (and one of my favorites.) I picked her because I had convinced my little brain that they wouldn’t let Michael Clayton go home empty handed. It was such a good film, (I loved it) and it was critically well received.  Unfortunately, the film was always nominated in categories with heavy, heavy favorites. Supp. Actress was the only category that had a window of opportunity. And when she won the BAFTA, that sealed the deal.

I picked Cotillard because of Tilda Swinton. She also gave an INSANELY amazing performance. I had a strong hunch that the Oscars were going to mirror the BAFTAs in most ways (except for Picture.) I think Marion‚Äôs reaction at the BAFTAs was too cute to pass up in the USA. Also ‚Äî for some oddball reason, I always think the Academy loves to have a ‚Äútheme‚Äù for its voting. I could be wrong ‚Äî and have no true substantial evidence — but having 4 foreigners win seemed likely this year. (I know Christie is a Brit but she lost to Marion at the BAFTAs and was also a previous winner.)

Do I sound crazy??
[AD: Are you kidding? Not in a mil]

AD: How did you go about making your choices? Were they based on hunches or what?
BJ: I usually make my choices based on the Guild & Critic Award wins. Also, based on hunches. The Globes only come into play in my mind when it’s a tie breaker. Other categories are based on a general consensus from critics. I have no idea what differentiates a movie with great sound editing vs. a movie with good sound editing.

AD: Are you always a good Oscar predictor?
BJ: I generally fair pretty well. Better than my friends ‚Äî but that‚Äôs simply because I am obsessed. It‚Äôs kind of embarrassing…ha ha. Awards Daily is really a source for a lot of my predicting material. (It‚Äôs my secret weapon for Oscar Pools.) This year, however, I did win the movies.com Oscar contest as well. And a few years ago finished in a close 2nd on that contest, too.

AD: Is this your best record?
BJ: This ties my best record. The year of Million Dollar Baby, I got 20/24 but missed Best Pic and Best Director (I went with Aviator/Martin S.) . But I consider this my best. I generally score between 14-17, though.

AD: Have you entered our contest before?
BJ: Yes. It is usually the first contest I enter during the year. so my scores have never been too good. But I have to say it is my favorite contest to enter.

That’s what we like to hear! You can take a gander at Brandon’s picks after the cut.

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Adam Bernstein
Alice Villalobos
Brandon Weinbrenner
Brian Erickson
Clint Tsao
Gene Springs
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Congratulations to AD reader Brandon Jones for correctly predicting 20 categories at this year’s Oscars. This makes him our grand prize winner.

Runners up, with a whopping 19 were Arun Welandawe Prematilleke and Daniel Gardabie

Finally, those with 18 were:

GrÈgory BRINGAND-DEDRUMEL
Kevin Reed
Marlonn Della Bruna
Sarah Cassone
Thomas Sentina
vincent cusimano

Nice job, everyone.

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