Friday, December 14, 2012

Fantasy Oscar League + Golden Globe Nominees

This week I feel like I've gained a sudden understanding of sports fans.  A few of my friends and I have been indulging in a certain brand of nerdism for the past several years: we go through the process of nominating and voting in our own miniature version of the Oscars.  It's mainly an excuse for a party, but because we enjoy it so much the idea of a fantasy football style awards league has been thrown around for awhile.  This year, we actually decided to devise a system and go for it; not just with the Oscars, but with a whole calendar of awards show and end of the year top 10 lists.  Now, we're by no means the first people to ever do this, and our self-appointed "Movie Commissioner" (we'll just call her S.) went through the process of conducting the research on working methods, pulling up the data, and setting up one hell of a master spread-sheet.  She started with the process from the guys at Getchya Popcorn Ready, and we've adapted it from there.   

Last Sunday the five participating members of the newly established "Sweet Jesus, What Have I Done?" league (yes, in honor of and because we're so sick of seeing Hugh Jackman talk about his interpretation of that song) gathered to pick our draft picks and put the finishing touches on the rules.  This is how we went about it:

1. We decided on a snake draft and each drew a number.  Beginning with one, up to five, backwards back down to one, and continuing in an ouroboros.  

2. We would each pick TEN standard films, ONE documentary, ONE Academy eligible foreign film, and THREE purposely "shitty" picks. 

3. We decided we would be counting points for nominations and winners in each of the following awards shows.  The established and professional awards:  Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Spirit Awards, Critics Choice, BAFTAs, Producers, Directors', and Writers' Guild.  The two "wild cards":  People's Choice Awards (which we hadn't realized were already selected) and The Razzies.

4. We also decided to count four established Year End "Top 10" lists: Roger Ebert's, The Chicago Tribune's, The New York Times, and the American Film Institute's.  As the National Board of Review's had just been released the day prior, we opted to ignore it.

5. Any film nominated for the equivalent of a 'Best Picture' receives 5 points, if it wins it receives 25.  Technical, acting, and directing awards receive 2 points upon nomination, 10 points for a win.  If a film makes it on a top 10 list it receives an automatic 10 points. 

I won't share everyone's (I'll leave that up to them if they so desire), but here are my picks. Seeing as I was number three in the draft and smack in the middle, I'm pretty happy with the way it panned out:

Zero Dark Thirty
Silver Linings Playbook
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Moonrise Kingdom
Killer Joe
Holy Motors
The Promised Land
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
21 Jump Street
Queen of Versailles
The Third Half
Rock of Ages
Twilight: Breaking Dawn pt. 2
Dark Shadows

My strategy on the 'shit' picks (which I think several shared) was to pick a thing or two that could just as easily sneak into a People's Choice or random Globes category as it could into the Razzies. 
As this was a huge week for awards show nominations, the e-mails and texts have been flying with friendly, soon to be vicious competition (my favorite email thus far simply said "HOPE SPRINGS BITCHES").  The big contenders (Lincoln, Les Mis, Argo, Django, and Zero Dark Thirty) are spread across the league, so the claws will soon come out and it's anyone's game.  Since I'm feeling insanely ambivalent about the awards this year, I'm weirdly alright having a reason to cheer on the Kathryn Bigelow movie I'm not particularly excited about even seeing (honesty).  

Now, on to yesterday's Golden Globe nominations.  Hit the jump...

As per usual, some strange things turning up on the nomination list for the Golden Globes. Nothing horribly dreadful, but no happy surprises either.  The ceremony airs January 13 with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey at the helm...
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty    <----------------------------No The Master. Pity.
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen  <---------Seriously? Wasn't there anything else?
Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master  <-------------------At least he made it, though no Killer Joe?
Denzel Washington, Flight
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on the Hudson
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea  <------Just watched this. Why is it so boring?
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy
Best Director
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Quentin Taratino, Django Unchained
Chris Terrio, Argo
Best Foreign-Language Film
Amour (Austria)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
The Intouchables (France
Kon-Tiki (Norway)
Rust and Bone  (France)
Best Animated Feature Film
Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians  <--------WHAT ABOUT PARANORMAN and ARRIETTY?
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
"For You," Act of Valor, Monty Powell & Keith Urban
"Not Running Anymore," Stand Up Guys, Jon Bon Jovi
"Safe and Sound," The Hunger Games, Taylor Swift. John Paul White, Joy Williams & T Bone Burnett
"Skyfall," Skyfall, Adele & Paul Epworth
"Suddenly," Les Misérables, Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil
Best Original Score, Motion Picture
Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
Alexandre Desplat, Argo
Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Cloud Atlas
John Williams, Lincoln
Best TV Movie or Miniseries
Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields & McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals
Best TV Series, Drama
Boardwalk Empire
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Newsroom
Best TV Series, Comedy
The Big Bang Theory
Episodes  <----------------------SERIOUSLY?!? No Parks and Rec?
Modern Family
Smash  <-----------------NO. RESIST.
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Best Actor, TV Series Comedy
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Marguiles, The Good Wife
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrelson, Game ChangeToby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn.
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Cecile B. DeMille Award
Jodie Foster


  1. Here are my picks. It's going to be a close race between everyone. I heart this game :)

    S aka movie commissioner

    Les Miserables
    Life of Pi
    The Sessions
    Rust and Bone
    The Dark Knight Rises
    Safety Not Guaranteed
    How to Survive a Plague
    The Intouchables (France)
    The Three Stooges
    Wrath of the Titans

  2. Very cool. Having my draft tonight for just Oscars but I like this idea too.


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