Oscar postmortem: a slight improvement

8 March 2010

Last year, when I made my picks for the Academy Awards, I managed to get 16 out of 24 correct.  This year … 17 out of 24, the first time I’ve ever cracked 70%.  I got all of the acting awards right, and eight of the ten technical trophies.  I even scored on one upset pick (Logorama over Wallace and Gromit for Animated Short).  So, not bad, right?

But, in my not-exactly-relentless pursuit of perfection, I thought it might be more interesting to look at the seven I whiffed on than the 17 I nailed.  Care to wallow in the details for a bit?

(Oh come on, just nod and agree with me.  I’m not asking for much.)

(That’s better.  Thank you.)

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Putting the “Hurt” on Oscar predictions

6 March 2010

As promised, and for the second straight year, here are my predictions for tomorrow night’s Academy Awards.  I did pretty well with my picks last year – 16 out of 24, comparable with some of the low-end movie critics.  This year … I’m going for the sweep!  (Just kidding; no chance of that happening.  But let’s see if I can build on my previous record.

(A warning for those with sensitivities regarding language: several times in this post, I will be forced to type the word “basterds.”  I didn’t really want to, but calling Quentin Tarantino’s film “Inglourious Mispellings,” as I do in normal conversation, would just get confusing.  It can’t be helped, folks.  Sorry.)

A few things to bear in mind before I roll into the actual predictions:

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Almost seven months later …

3 March 2010

August the thirteenth, 2009.  That’s the date on my last entry here.  It’s been almost seven months since I’ve been in this space.  Almost seven months since I’ve been able to be in this space for longer than a few minutes.

It has been la vida loca at Chez Anselmo for that long.  Things have happened that we didn’t think we would ever have to bear, that we would never have thought we could bear, and we’ve borne them nonetheless.  So many things, in fact, that there is no way I could get all the pertinent details into a single blog post and not give up a good chunk of sleep.  (Lost enough of that lately as it is.)  But I wanted to give you all at least an overview, and I can expand on any or all of them at later dates.

That work for you?  Okay, strap yourselves in, and please keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times.  Here we go …

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