A little over a month ago, Andrew and I got together to talk through the Oscar nominees and do a small contest to see which of us could pick the most Academy Award winners. This was especially hard because neither of us had seen most of the movies that had been nominated. Last night was the 86th Academy Awards show. Here, today, is our recap of our previous picks, and some minor frustration at just how many we got wrong!
A: So, American Hustle got creamed.
T: Hahaha apparently.
A: Best actor: neither of us got it.
T: I see that haha
A: I’ve developed more respect for McConaughey after watching True Detective, but Dallas Buyers Club just had no appeal for me… You got supporting actor because I don’t like Jared Leto.
T: I got supporting actor completely by accident. I just pulled that out of thin air.
A: He’s one of those actors that I just don’t enjoy, no matter what they’re doing… We both struck out for best actress and I have no idea what Blue Jasmine is about. We also both missed out on supporting actress, mostly because we both picked Jennifer Lawrence.
T: Well I mean how were we supposed to know?? We thought she was Hollywood’s golden girl. I didn’t realize we had cause to think otherwise.
A: Before this conversation I was enjoying pictures of Jennifer Lawrence. LOL
T: I’m sure that you were hahahahaha
A: Animated feature…apparently Frozen is a huge deal and I completely missed that one. It looked really dumb to me.
T: It looked dumb to me too, but I keep hearing about adults that went and saw it three and four times in the theaters and memorized that dumb song at the end of it. What was it called? “Let It Be?”
A: IDK. People start talking about it and I stop listening.
A: On we go. Cinematography: we both nailed Gravity. Not a hard call.
T: Hahaha, yeah, I feel like that movie was made JUST ON PURPOSE to win that particular Oscar.
A: Costume design goes to you in a tough decision category.
T: I DID call Costume Design!!! (BTW the site I’m looking at has the films in the wrong order and it’s annoying.)
A: I’m telling them to you in the order that we had them. Of the three major awards 12 Years a Slave got, directing was not one of them. Given that, I’m wondering why they’re making quite as big a deal about it being directed by a black director. I get that it’s the first film by a black director to get best picture, but they obviously didn’t think enough of his work to also give him best director
T: Odd. That’s… not what either of us expected.
A: Yeah. There are times the academy only goes so far… Documentary feature goes to yours truly for Blind Luck.
T: Haha fine, I’ll give you that one
A: I’m also glad to see they figured out who to nominate.
T: Hahahahaha yeah
A: Documentary short was a miss for both of us.
A: The magic eight ball lied to me. Ggggrrrrrrrrr… We both got film editing, again for Gravity, a no brainer
T: I’m still trying to figure out how this order goes. The way they have the winners highlighted is confusing.
A: You won foreign language film.
T: Always go with the southern European film. It’s a sure thing.
A: I think they’ve actually be going with Asian films lately.
T: Also, The Lone Ranger was ROBBED on makeup.
A: I don’t know about that, but it was a terrible category. They deserve an award from making Jared Leto look like a bad queen? I know people who could do a better job for $50.
T: Yeah, that was a poor pick. And Gravity winning for the best original score is dumb.
A: We both missed original score and original song. I think Frozen won this because Idina Menzel performed it. I can’t really judge Gravity’s score without having heard it. It might be awesome.
T: It might… /in a tone that is heavily doubtful/
A: Scifi movies often have killer scores…. Anyways, best picture we both nailed. Kind of saw that one coming.
T: Production Design!! Yeah, we got that one right.
A: Also not a hard one. Especially given the other choices.
T: Out of the park, baby!!
A: Gatsby was betting on its look.
T: Well it certainly paid off!
A: Ok, now to short films; and yes, we both suck at animated short film guessing.
T: Apparently. Although, to be fair, our reasoning wasn’t very solid to begin with in this category haha.
A: Not at all. BTW, they took the easy way out so nobody had to try and pronounce those names.
T: Bahaha! That was probably on purpose… I got the live action category right, though!
A: Sound editing and sound mixing… I still don’t know what the difference is and we got both wrong.
T: Dammit! I was so sure I had a solid pick there–I was hoping at least one of those two would be right.
A: We suck from here on out. Just to let you know. Visual effects, writing adapted screenplay and original screenplay all were misses.
T: Gravity cleaned up the Oscars overall!! I’m not convinced that it deserved all of those…
A: I don’t know about that. They’re all technical awards, and I’ve heard pretty amazing things about the technical aspects. Also, Her won original screenplay? The movie just looks creepy!
T: Ok, so what are our final scores?
A: You win 8 to 5.
T: WOAH! Really?? I rock at this game
A: I got let down by American Hustle. I’m just impressed that they didn’t get any of the ten awards they were nominated for.
T: Yeah, that’s pretty bad. It looks like Martin Scorsese has been snubbed again.
A: He’s already got his token award.
Sadly, I realized after my sweeping victory that Andrew and I had neglected to establish the prize for the winner of our Oscars pick game. I will remember to get that settled up front for future games!!
Did you watch the 86th Academy Awards last night? Were you impressed with the decisions or were there undeserving winners or perhaps deserving losers who were snubbed? Let us know your opinions in the comments! Also, all of the nominees and winners for each category can be found here.