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2011 Oscars! And the Second Annual a2k Oscar Community Pool!

 
 
Reply Sun 20 Feb, 2011 07:03 pm
Welcome once again to Oscar season! On Sunday, 27 February 2011 17:00 PST/20:00 EST, the 83rd Academy Awards will be giving their awards for the best films of 2011.
http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/83/nominees.html

This year will be slightly different and hopefully more forgiving. And like this year's Super Bowl pool, or last year's World Cup pool, or last year's World Series pool, you don't need to have seen all or any of the films though that might help or actually hurt your chances depending on your luck and/or taste in movies.

To participate in the following contest: Pick your choices from the list below and list it in your post.

If you choose your ballot then wish to revise your choices before the deadline, then repost your entire list of guesses (educated or otherwise) then in the post write something along the lines that This is my my revised Oscar list and this new list will nullify your old ballot. Of course, once the deadline has passed, no revisions will be accepted.

TO simplify it, I will be exercising the short films and sound awards. I will also be giving points for getting the correct answers depending on the category.

VOTING WILL BE ALLOWED UNTIL 23:59 hours EST (NYC time) Saturday, 26th February 2011.

ONE POINT:
Art Direction
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“Inception”
“The King's Speech”
“True Grit”

Costume Design
“Alice in Wonderland”
“I Am Love”
“The King's Speech”
“The Tempest”
“True Grit”

Film Editing
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“The King's Speech”
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”

Makeup
“Barney's Version”
“The Way Back”
“The Wolfman”

Music (Original Song)
“Coming Home” from “Country Strong”
“I See the Light” from “Tangled”
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours”
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3"

Visual Effects
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“Hereafter”
“Inception”
“Iron Man 2”

TWO POINTS:
Animated Feature Film
“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Cinematography
“Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
“Inception” Wally Pfister
“The King's Speech” Danny Cohen
“The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
“True Grit” Roger Deakins

Documentary (Feature)
“Exit through the Gift Shop”
“Gasland”
“Inside Job”
“Restrepo”
“Waste Land”

Foreign Language Film
“Biutiful” Mexico
“Dogtooth” Greece
“In a Better World” Denmark
“Incendies” Canada
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria

Music (Original Score)
“How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
“Inception” Hans Zimmer
“The King's Speech” Alexandre Desplat
“127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
“The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

THREE POINTS
Directing
“Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
“The Fighter” David O. Russell
“The King's Speech” Tom Hooper
“The Social Network” David Fincher
“True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
“The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
“Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Winter's Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)
“Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
“The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
“Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
“The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

FOUR POINTS
Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”
James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
John Hawkes in “Winter's Bone”
Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter's Bone”
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

FIVE POINTS:
Best Picture
“127 Hours”
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“Inception”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King's Speech”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
“True Grit”
“Winter's Bone"

EXTRA POINT QUESTION: Will the reclusive graffiti artist, Bansky, show up to the ceremony?
Yes;
Yes but in a disguise;
No but he'll send in a prearranged speech/video to be aired during the ceremony;
No.

TIE BREAKER QUESTION:
How long in minutes will the ceremony run? Closest answer gets the point.

ANY QUESTIONS? Please feel free to PM me for clarification.

BONNE CHANCE!
 
View best answer, chosen by tsarstepan
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 20 Feb, 2011 11:25 pm
@tsarstepan,
I'll go first:
ONE POINT:
Art Direction
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”

“Inception”
“The King's Speech”
“True Grit”


Costume Design
“Alice in Wonderland”
“I Am Love”

“The King's Speech”
“The Tempest”
“True Grit”


Film Editing
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“The King's Speech”
“127 Hours”

“The Social Network”

Makeup
“Barney's Version”
“The Way Back”
“The Wolfman”


Music (Original Song)
“Coming Home” from “Country Strong”
“I See the Light” from “Tangled”
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours”

“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3"

Visual Effects
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“Hereafter”

“Inception”
“Iron Man 2”

TWO POINTS:
Animated Feature Film
“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet

“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Cinematography
“Black Swan” Matthew Libatique
“Inception” Wally Pfister
“The King's Speech” Danny Cohen

“The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
“True Grit” Roger Deakins

Documentary (Feature)
“Exit through the Gift Shop”
“Gasland”

“Inside Job”
“Restrepo”
“Waste Land”


Foreign Language Film
“Biutiful” Mexico
“Dogtooth” Greece
“In a Better World” Denmark
“Incendies” Canada
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria


Music (Original Score)
“How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell
“Inception” Hans Zimmer
“The King's Speech” Alexandre Desplat
“127 Hours” A.R. Rahman

“The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

THREE POINTS
Directing
“Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky
“The Fighter” David O. Russell
“The King's Speech” Tom Hooper

“The Social Network” David Fincher
“True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
“The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
“Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Winter's Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini


Writing (Original Screenplay)
“Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh
“The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
“Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

“The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

FOUR POINTS
Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”

Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”
James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
John Hawkes in “Winter's Bone”
Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech”


Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter's Bone”

Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”

Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

FIVE POINTS:
Best Picture
“127 Hours”
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“Inception”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King's Speech”

“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
“True Grit”
“Winter's Bone"


EXTRA POINT QUESTION:
No but he'll send in a prearranged speech/video to be aired during the ceremony;

TIE BREAKER QUESTION:
205

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McGentrix
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 09:59 am
@tsarstepan,
ONE POINT:
Art Direction
“The King's Speech”

Costume Design
“True Grit”

Film Editing
“The King's Speech”

Makeup
“The Way Back”

Music (Original Song)
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3"

Visual Effects
“Inception”

TWO POINTS:
Animated Feature Film
“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

Cinematography
“Inception” Wally Pfister

Documentary (Feature)
“Inside Job”

Foreign Language Film
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria

Music (Original Score)
“The King's Speech” Alexandre Desplat

THREE POINTS
Directing
“The King's Speech” Tom Hooper


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

Writing (Original Screenplay)
“The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

FOUR POINTS
Actor in a Leading Role
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale in “The Fighter”

Actress in a Leading Role
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”

FIVE POINTS:
Best Picture
“The King's Speech”

EXTRA POINT QUESTION: Will the reclusive graffiti artist, Bansky, show up to the ceremony?
No.

TIE BREAKER QUESTION:
How long in minutes will the ceremony run? Closest answer gets the point. 198

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djjd62
 
  2  
Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 10:11 am
@tsarstepan,
i'm going to use the alphabetical order method of choosing first category i choose a title with A, the second category i choose a title with the next available letter and so on

ONE POINT:
Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland” (A)
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“Inception”
“The King's Speech”
“True Grit”

Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland” (C)
“I Am Love”
“The King's Speech”
“The Tempest”
“True Grit”

Film Editing
“Black Swan”
The Fighter” (E)
“The King's Speech”
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”

Makeup
“Barney's Version”
“The Way Back”
The Wolfman” (L)

Music (Original Song)
Coming Home” from “Country Strong” (M)
“I See the Light” from “Tangled”
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours”
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3"

Visual Effects
Alice in Wonderland” (N)
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“Hereafter”
“Inception”
“Iron Man 2”

TWO POINTS:
Animated Feature Film
How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (O)
“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet
“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Cinematography
Black Swan” Matthew Libatique (S)
“Inception” Wally Pfister
“The King's Speech” Danny Cohen
“The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth
“True Grit” Roger Deakins

Documentary (Feature)
Exit through the Gift Shop” (T)
“Gasland”
“Inside Job”
“Restrepo”
“Waste Land”

Foreign Language Film
Biutiful” Mexico (U)
“Dogtooth” Greece
“In a Better World” Denmark
“Incendies” Canada
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria

Music (Original Score)
How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell (W)
“Inception” Hans Zimmer
“The King's Speech” Alexandre Desplat
“127 Hours” A.R. Rahman
“The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

THREE POINTS
Directing
Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky (A)
“The Fighter” David O. Russell
“The King's Speech” Tom Hooper
“The Social Network” David Fincher
“True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin (C)
“Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
“Winter's Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh (E)
“The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
“Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan
“The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
“The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

FOUR POINTS
Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges in “True Grit” (F)
Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”
Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”
James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale in “The Fighter”
John Hawkes in “Winter's Bone” (H)
Jeremy Renner in “The Town”
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”
Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right” (I)
Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter's Bone”
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech” (L)
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

FIVE POINTS:
Best Picture
“127 Hours”
Black Swan” (N)
“The Fighter”
“Inception”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King's Speech”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
“True Grit”
“Winter's Bone"

EXTRA POINT QUESTION: Will the reclusive graffiti artist, Bansky, show up to the ceremony?

No.

TIE BREAKER QUESTION:
How long in minutes will the ceremony run? 8,640 (6 days)
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parados
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 10:37 am
@tsarstepan,
Art Direction
“Inception”

Costume Design
“Alice in Wonderland”


Film Editing
“Black Swan”


Makeup
“The Wolfman”

Music (Original Song)
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3"

Visual Effects
“Inception”


TWO POINTS:
Animated Feature Film
“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Cinematography
“True Grit” Roger Deakins

Documentary (Feature)
“Exit through the Gift Shop”


Foreign Language Film
“Biutiful” Mexico


Music (Original Score)
“Inception” Hans Zimmer


THREE POINTS
Directing
“The King's Speech” Tom Hooper

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“Winter's Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)
“The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

FOUR POINTS
Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”


Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale in “The Fighter”


Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”


Actress in a Supporting Role
Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”


FIVE POINTS:
“The King's Speech”


EXTRA POINT QUESTION: Will the reclusive graffiti artist, Bansky, show up to the ceremony?
No.

TIE BREAKER QUESTION:
How long in minutes will the ceremony run? 201
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 11:50 am
@parados,
Thanks everyone for bringing a great start to the pool! Very Happy
parados
 
  1  
Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 08:40 pm
@tsarstepan,
I think I should have waited a week before I filled out my ballot.
tsarstepan
 
  1  
Reply Mon 21 Feb, 2011 09:07 pm
@parados,
Parados... you can still change your ballot before the deadline.
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fbaezer
 
  2  
Reply Tue 22 Feb, 2011 06:52 pm
(Not my personal preferences, I just want to win this pool)
ONE POINT:

Art Direction
“The King's Speech”

Costume Design
“Alice in Wonderland”

Film Editing
“The Social Network”


Makeup
“The Way Back”
(wild guess, haven't seen any of the nominated)

Music (Original Song)
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours”


Visual Effects
“Inception”


TWO POINTS:
Animated Feature Film
“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich


Cinematography
“Inception” Wally Pfister


Documentary (Feature)
“Exit through the Gift Shop”

Foreign Language Film
“Incendies” Canada (Great drama, but I'm actually trying to jinx it).

Music (Original Score)
“The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

THREE POINTS
Directing
“The Social Network” David Fincher


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

Writing (Original Screenplay)
“The King's Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

FOUR POINTS
Actor in a Leading Role

Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”
(Bardem deserves it... again)

Actor in a Supporting Role
Geoffrey Rush in “The King's Speech”


Actress in a Leading Role
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”


Actress in a Supporting Role
Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”


FIVE POINTS:
Best Picture
“The Social Network”


EXTRA POINT QUESTION: Will the reclusive graffiti artist, Bansky, show up to the ceremony?
No I mean, if he's reclusive.

TIE BREAKER QUESTION:
How long in minutes will the ceremony run? 196 mins.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 22 Feb, 2011 07:21 pm
@fbaezer,
That's the fighting spirit fbaezer!! Twisted Evil
tsarstepan
 
  1  
Reply Wed 23 Feb, 2011 02:50 pm
@tsarstepan,
Three more days before the Oscars. Get in the action! Possibly win metaphysical prizes! Very Happy
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engineer
 
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Reply Wed 23 Feb, 2011 03:42 pm
@tsarstepan,
Art Direction
“Alice in Wonderland”

Costume Design
“True Grit”

Film Editing
“Black Swan”

Makeup
“The Wolfman”

Music (Original Song)
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3"

Visual Effects
“Inception”

TWO POINTS:
Animated Feature Film
“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Cinematography
“True Grit” Roger Deakins

Documentary (Feature)
“Gasland”

Foreign Language Film
“In a Better World” Denmark

Music (Original Score)
“Inception” Hans Zimmer

THREE POINTS
Directing
“Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
“The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

Writing (Original Screenplay)
“The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

FOUR POINTS
Actor in a Leading Role
Colin Firth in “The King's Speech”

Actor in a Supporting Role
Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”

Actress in a Leading Role
Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”

FIVE POINTS:
Best Picture
“Black Swan”

EXTRA POINT QUESTION: Will the reclusive graffiti artist, Bansky, show up to the ceremony?

No.

TIE BREAKER QUESTION:
How long in minutes will the ceremony run? Closest answer gets the point.
180

tsarstepan
 
  1  
Reply Wed 23 Feb, 2011 06:41 pm
@engineer,
Your ballot has been taken and noted.

Just curious... did you get to see the documentary Gasland? Or are you guessing the category? Either way, it's an excellent and effective crisis doc.
tsarstepan
 
  1  
Reply Thu 24 Feb, 2011 06:01 am
@tsarstepan,
2 days and 17 hours until the deadline. Get your ballot in!
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engineer
 
  1  
Reply Thu 24 Feb, 2011 07:13 am
@tsarstepan,
I heard a radio program interviewing the makers and discussing the documentary, so that's the only one I know. I've seen several of the pictures this year which is very unusual for me, so I thought I'd get my vote in.
tsarstepan
 
  1  
Reply Thu 24 Feb, 2011 11:54 am
@engineer,
I'm glad to have you aboard. Hopefully more people will hold courage to their chest and will join in as well. The price of the ballot is only a single kidney. Quite cheap considering the hefty grand prize one gets to win if they win the pool: The bragging and boasting rights of being the champion of the a2k Oscar Community pool. Cool

The most prestigious metaphysical prize one can earn here at a2k! Surprised
Irishk
 
  1  
Reply Thu 24 Feb, 2011 01:15 pm
@tsarstepan,
Is there a metaphysical booby prize for the one (me) who gets zero points? Mine's almost done, but -- typical woman -- I keep changing my mind on a couple.
tsarstepan
 
  1  
Reply Thu 24 Feb, 2011 06:26 pm
@Irishk,
Times are tough. Let me think about the metaphysical booby prize and I'll post it soon enough. Razz
tsarstepan
 
  1  
Reply Fri 25 Feb, 2011 12:27 pm
@tsarstepan,
Couple of days left on the ballot deadline. Come on everybody! Get into the Academy spirit! Very Happy
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 26 Feb, 2011 01:19 pm
@tsarstepan,
Ok, ok. I just was reading in a local news outlet that True Grit was shot in New Mexico. (I'm the last to know these things..) Besides, I've long adored Jeff Bridges including his acting.

So now I'll sign up to vie for last place given I don't know much of nothing or anything on this year's nominees, though I used to be an avid movie goer/cineast/early Kael fan.

I'll likely choose for a variety of silly reasons, which I'll try to explain.

Back when I chart my choices.
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