I Rule The Oscar Pool!

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

I usually do well in these things, but this year I did exceedingly well.

I got all the "major categories" right: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director.

I also got right: Best Cinematography, Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary, Best Original Screenplay, Best Makeup, Best Art Direction, Best Live Action Short Film, Best Sound Mixing

But I got wrong:  Best Song, Best Score, Best Foreign Film (not "Pan’s Labyrinth"?  What gives?), Best Costumes, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Animated Short Film, Best Documentary Short

That’s 14 out of 24 (more if you weight the bigger categories).  I usually get 10-11.

Sadly, I didn’t participate in any pools or sweepstakes.

In retrospect, I really should have pegged "The Departed" for Best Film Editing, and gone with popular sentiment by picking "The Departed" for Best Adapted Screenplay.  Other than that, I don’t have any second thoughts about my picks.

Best Oscar telecast moment:  You know, there really weren’t any.  I like Forest Whitaker’s speech.  The orchestra cutting off Gore’s "important announcement" was kind of funny, although Al Gore really can’t do comedy.  Could have done with out the weird shadow dancers and gospel choirs.  And waaaaay too long.