Sunday, March 27th, 2022

16th Annual Academy Awards Contest

We have 15 years in the books. The standings are:

Bill 11-3-1
Susan 3-11-1

Here is a listing of the annual winner and the corresponding Best Picture winner.

2007: Susan / The Departed
2008: Bill / No Country for Old Men
2009: Tie / Slumdog Millionaire
2010: Susan / The Hurt Locker
2011: Bill / The King's Speech
2012: Susan / The Artist
2013: Bill / Argo
2014: Bill / 12 Years a Slave
2015: Bill / Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
2016: Bill / Spotlight
2017: Bill / Moonlight
2018: Bill / The Shape of Water
2019: Bill / Green Book
2020: Bill / Nomadland
2021: Bill / Parasite

Yes, I do have a nine-year winning streak on the line this evening. Thank you for noticing.

We have a simple competition. So how does it work? The prior year's winner selects first. We alternate categories and cannot share the same pick. Best Picture is always the final category. Obviously, we have not seen all of the nominated films, so some picks are based solely upon reputation, media hype and a blogger from our old Saturday morning cycling class discussions in the pre-pandemic world. For this awards show, I've seen far more of the nominated films than in recent years. For a while, it appeared as if the only films I'd see were those that starred Zendaya. But that list expanded (with a little cramming in the last 24 hours) to seven and included Dune; Spider-Man: No Way Home; The Power of the Dog; Being the Ricardos; Tick, Tick Boom!; Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised); and Audible.

So without further ado, here are our selections and the winner:

Best Picture
Licorice Pizza (S)
Winner: N/A

Best Actor
Denzel Washington (S)
Andrew Garfield (B)
Winner: N/A

Best Actress
Kristen Stewart (S)
Olivia Colman (B)
Winner: Title

Supporting Actor
Ciaran Hinds (S)
Troy Kotsur (B)
Winner: Title

Supporting Actress
Kirsten Dunst (S)
Judi Dench (B)
Winner: Title

Animated Feature
Encanto (S)
Flee (B)
Winner: Title

The Power of the Dog (S)
Dune (B)
Winner: Title

Costume Design
Cruella (S)
West Side Story (B)
Winner: Title

Kenneth Branagh (S)
Jane Campion (B)
Winner: Title

Documentary (Feature)
Flee (S)
Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (B)
Winner: Title

Documentary (Short Subject)
The Queen of Basketball (S)
Audible (B)
Winner: Title

Film Editing
King Richard (S)
Tick, Tick ... Boom! (B)
Winner: Title

International Feature
The Worst Person in the World (S)
The Hand of God (B)
Winner: Title

Makeup and Hairstyling
House of Gucci (S)
Cruella (B)
Winner: Title

Music (Original Song)
Down to Joy (S)
Dos Oruguitas (B)
Winner: Title

Music (Original Score)
Parallel Mothers (S)
Dune (B)
Winner: Title

Production Design
The Power of the Dog (S)
West Side Story (B)
Winner: Title

Short Film (Animated)
The Windshield Wiper (S)
Affairs of the Art (B)
Winner: Title

Short Film (Live Action)
Ala Kachuu (S)
The Long Goodbye (B)
Winner: Title

West Side Story (S)
Dune (B)
Winner: Title

Visual Effects
Dune (S)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (B)
Winner: Title

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Dune (B)
Winner: Title

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Belfast (S)
Don't Look Up (B)
Winner: Title

Tags:  Movies
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