The Oscar race is over, thank merciful Jared Leto. We’re all still trying to get over it, and hopefully will soon. I just want to give a shout out to those who made this year so much better. In truth, you readers have always been the real reason this site endures, for better or worse. Your enthusiasm for the writing here and our efforts, the letters we receive, the engagement in our ideas is just exceptional. So first, thanks you regulars like Al and Bryce and Wayman and Bob, Claudiu, steve50 and daveinprogress … too many to mention.
To Marshall for bringing back Statsgasm, building the prediction charts when we were down to the wire and for having AwardsDaily’s back when we were unfairly maligned.
To Dora who once again flew in and saved our ass in the FYC gallery, putting it back together again each and every time we change servers. What a mensch.
To Rob Y for the great tweets that help to salve the wounds on occasion but also for the site’s most requested feature, the simulated ballot.
To our writers new and old Jazz Tangcay, Ryan C. Showers, Jordan Ruimy, Brian Whisenant. The awesome Paddy Mulholland who shares our pain.
To the Academy for extending a ticket to the big show for the first time.
To Ginsberg/Libby for the Spirit Awards invites.
To all of the great publicists we’ve worked with all year long for whom these Oscars should be partly shared. Trust me on this. No winner you saw up there on stage was there by accident. Each win represents the hard work all season long by publicists who have to deal with assholes on a regular basis, who fight hard for each of their contenders, who make sure those names show up where they’re supposed to.
To Craig Kennedy and Ryan Adams for participating in the podcast as often as possible and for being great friends all around.
To Ryan again for being the main reason AwardsDaily runs smoothly – the best proofreader, the best advocate, the kindest person in the world.
The new season starts way too soon.