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Epilogue: I picked 8 out of 11 correct! 73%! My theories are sound and my game is grand.

Another year, another crop of Oscar predictions. Can you whip it?

Last year I went bananas (B-A-N-A-N-A-S), and picked 10 out of 11 correctly. Ten, I say!

That’s unbeatable in the history of ever, so this year my goal is to accidently get at least four right.

I’m not that impressed with this year’s yield of movies. YAWN.

Boyhood? No. The Grand Budapest Hotel? Later. Foxcather? Ugh.

 

Best Picture – Ho hum, nothing special. So I’m voting for the movie I want to win, not the one I think will win.

  • Whiplash
  • Birdman (Actual Winner)
  • Boyhood
  • American Sniper
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Selma
  • The Imitation Game (My pick)

 

Best Actor in a Leading Role – Batman wins!

  • Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
  • Bradley Cooper (American Sniper)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
  • Michael Keaton (Birdman) (My pick)
  • Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) (Actual Winner)

 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Whip it. Whip it good!

  • Robert Duvall (The Judge)
  • Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
  • Edward Norton (Birdman)
  • Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
  • J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) (Winner!)

 

Best Actress in a Leading Role – Didn’t see Still Alice, but I got a feeling.

  • Morion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night)
  • Felicty Jones (The Theory of Everything)
  • Julianne Moore (Still Alice) (Winner!)
  • Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
  • Reese Witherspoon (Wild)

 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – No clue, so…Patricia wins because her role took YEARS to perform.

  • Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) (Winner!)
  • Laura Dern (Wild)
  • Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
  • Emma Stone (Birdman)
  • Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)

 

Adapted Screenplay – Maybe American Sniper has a chance, but not my pick!

  • American Sniper
  • The Imitation Game (Winner!)
  • Inherent Vice
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

 

Original Screenplay – I can’t imagine any of the other choices winning. Lock.

  • Birdman (Winner!)
  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Nightcrawler

 

Best Animated Feature Film – Didn’t see any of these, so I’m going with Disney because they will crush your dreams if you don’t vote for them.

  • Big Hero 6 (Winner!)
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Song of the Sea
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

 

Best Director – Same theory as Original Screenplay.

  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman) (Winner!)
  • Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
  • Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
  • Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
  • Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game)

 

Cinematography – Crashing in the vast ocean and being eaten by sharks always wins. Or at least it should.

  • Birdman (Actual Winner)
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ida
  • Mr. Turner
  • Unbroken (My pick)

 

Best Foreign Language Film – Eeny, meeny, miny, moe…

  • Ida (Winner!)
  • Leviathan
  • Tangerines
  • Timbuktu
  • Wild Tales

 

Keep that whip cracking!

Oscars

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Last November, a friend and I started writing a blog about life in Washington, D.C.

It’s called Parklife DC. (Site: www.parklifedc.com or Twitter: @ParkLifeDC)

The goal is to report on and review what’s happening in DC. From concerts, to restaurants, to events, to fun activities, to sports and anything in between.

The name Parklife comes from the Blur song of the same name, and refers to how DC is dotted with green parks and neighborhoods with ‘park’ in the name. Neighborhoods like Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, LeDroit Park and Glover Park, to name a few.

It should be an interesting endeavor, and not nearly as random as this blog, which I will continue to post to (sorry, you’re not getting rid of me!).

Here is a sampling of posts I’ve written:

Music Park: The Concert for Valor takes over the National Mall — 11/11/14

 

Food Park: Copycat Co. Enters the H Street Fray

 

Submitted For Your Approval: Little Free Libraries in DC

 

 

‘All the people
so many people
they all go hand in hand
hand in hand through their parklife’ – Blur

This is DC

This is DC

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Not to let misery dredge up more misery, but this is a real conundrum.

Seattle sports fans. Wow.

I have nothing to say.

I’ll say something anyway.

 

Every possible way we can lose, we’ve seen it. Every permutation of heartbreak, we’ve lived it.

As the biggest underdog, we’ve fell short by the tiniest of margins.

As the odds on favorite, we’ve failed to live up to expectations.

 

Where does the Seahawks loss in the Super Bowl rank in the pantheon of Seattle sports heartbreak?

 

I contend it’s the 3rd most frustratingly heartbreaking post-season defeat in Seattle sports history.

 

I’m only listing from around 1990 to present, because that’s what I experienced.

 

Honorable Mentions

Sounders losing to the Timbers in the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals

Seahawks losing to the Bears in OT in the 2007 Divisional playoff game

 

Top Ten

10. Mariners losing to the Indians in 1997 Division Series

9. Seahawks losing to the Falcons in the 2012 Divisional playoff game

8. Sounders losing to the Galaxy in the 2014 MLS Western Conference Championship

7. Mariners losing to the Yankees in the 2000 ALCS

6. Seahawks losing to the refs in Super Bowl XL

5. Sonics losing to the Suns in the 1993 Western Conference Finals

4. Sonics losing to the Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals

3. Seahawks losing to the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX

2. Mariners losing to the Yankees in the 2001 ALCS

1. Sonics losing to the Nuggets in the 1st round in 1994 (first time a #1 seed lost to a #8 seed)

 

What do you think?

 

losing

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