Wednesday, February 29, 2012

And the Oscar (contest) goes to....

Congratulations to Mike Tedesco, the winner of the annual Quivering Pen Academy Awards Prediction Contest.  Mike was one of three entrants to correctly predict 20 out of the 24 winners of this year's Oscars (all three names were then entered into a blind drawing).  He'll soon be enjoying his prize package of the books Moneyball, The Hugo Movie Companion, Albert Nobbs, The Iron Lady, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, plus the DVD of Days of Heaven from my personal collection.  Well done, sir!

Overall, Quivering Pen readers did a good job of predicting this year's Academy Award winners.  Here are the percentages of the voting results:

Best Picture: The Artist (88%)
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin for The Artist (55%)
Best Actress: Viola Davis for The Help (74%) Actual Winner: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady (16%)
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer for Beginners (89%)
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer for The Help (91%)
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist (76%)
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris (80%)
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton, and Jim Rash for The Descendants (78%)
Best Animated Feature: Rango (79%)
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation (84%)
Best Original Score: The Artist (79%)
Best Original Song: "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets (81%)
Best Achievement in Art Direction: Hugo (76%)
Best Achievement in Cinematography: The Tree of Life (57%)  Actual Winner: Hugo (20%)
Best Achievement in Costume Design: The Artist (50%)
Best Documentary Feature: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (41%)  Actual Winner: Undefeated (15%)
Best Documentary Short Subject: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (39%)  Actual Winner: Saving Face (34%)
Best Achievement in Film Editing: The Artist (63%)  Actual Winner: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (8%)
Best Achievement in Makeup: The Iron Lady (59%)
Best Animated Short Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (57%)
Best Live Action Short Film: The Shore (43%)
Best Achievement in Sound Editing: Hugo (60%)
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing: Hugo (71%)
Best Achievement in Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (62%)  Actual Winner: Hugo (24%)

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