THE BRIEF

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While all eyes were on the main stage at the Oscars this year, the winners were ushered backstage for their photo call before making their way into the press room. Every winner came through the room. Here are some highlight of the questions and answers from winners in every categories.

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Well, 2015 was fun. [brushes off bits of crusted blood and debris]

Now then.  Moving on… I’ll be building a wish list today for our annual Most Anticipated poll. Our good friend Chris Price has made the job easier this year by putting together a great list of over 115 titles.  So I’m sure he’s left out your own personal pipe dream.

For a few hours, we’ll feature Chris’s raw list and you’re all invited to suggest additions.  Then we’ll construct an unwieldy poll, and you can click 10 or 12 of the films that look most promising to you.   Most years when we’ve done this we can identify 5 or 6 of the year’s eventual BP nominees, sight unseen.  (Before we congratulate ourselves, consider how this knack is both impressive and oppressive. hmm…)

Check out Chris’s list after the cut and see if you can name a future Best Picture nominee that’s not on it.

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Winner

We had a small glitch with our forms early on – so if you think you scored 19, 20 or above and your name is not listed here, please send me your form. As long as you didn’t enter another form after that you can qualify.

Our winner is J Don Birnam, who scored 20 out of 24 correctly.

The runners up are:
Joshua Gannon
Dave L
Gordon Purcell
Caroline Hampton
J.D. Eisinger

Here are the winners of the major categories contest.

Jo Farrell
Ella Donald
Jared Morine
James K Chambliss
Holly Bullamore
Michael Meyers
Brian Caron

Please send us an email to claim your prize. Thank you!

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I don’t spend enough time thanking the many readers who have been coming here since the beginning. I occasionally still get emails from you thanking me for what I do, so I thought it was high time I thanked you in return for coming here every year for our annual Oscar party — what with the stats and the meltdowns and the disappointments and the celebrations. In short, you’ve been here for the good days and the bad days. It’s been a pleasure to engage with you for these many years, a quarter of our lives practically, by now. When people ask me whether I hate my job or love my job — there are obviously parts to hate and parts to love. But by far the best reason to stay in the game is and has always been about the readers — you guys — who come here every year to argue passionately about your picks and predictions. I remember each crazy year, believe it or not. We’ve all kind of grown up together.
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A week ago, Hollywood Blvd closed down to traffic as the greatest show on earth, the Oscars, was about to come to town. By Wednesday, the transformation was under way, the red carpet was being rolled out, press slots were being assigned to the world’s media, and upstairs at the Loews Hotel, we were being given a walk-through of  the press room. The Oscars is a black tie event, so even if you’re in the press room, you are required to dress up. It is MANDATORY that you wear formal attire. The Oscar publicity team stress this at the walk through and you’re reminded again of that dress code by email.

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Contender Tracker

FRONTRUNNERS

Best PicturEBirth of a Nation
Manchester by the Sea




Best ActorCasey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Nate Parker, Birth of a Nation



Best ActresS


Supporting ActoR


Supporting ActresS


Director
Nate Parker, Birth of a Nation
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea



Original Screenplay


Adapted Screenplay

Editing

CinematographY



Production Design


Sound Mixing


Sound Editing


Costume Design


Original Score



Foreign Language Feature



Documentary Feature


Animated featureZootopia
The Little Prince


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Song


Live Action Short

Animated Short


Documentary Short



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