Results: The Pajiba Academy Award Telecast Quiz and Contest
The quiz was a little more challenging than I expected. Here are some notable details from the evening related to the questions:
General Hospital was mentioned, but The Princess Diaries was not.
I threw out the Francis Ford Coppola question (which would not have made a difference in the final result regardless), as Coppola was brought on stage but not singled out for his Thalberg award. It's too bad; I was hoping for a Godfather montage to enhance the show.
The situation in the Middle East was not mentioned. Politics and social issues were off the table almost entirely, save for one moment of indignation directed toward unaccountable financial executives from one of the filmmakers from The Inside Job.
"Tweeting" was not mentioned once over the course of the evening. We did have that mildly amusing but jarringly out of place auto-tune montage, though.
Winners stumbled in their acceptance speeches, but no one explicitly mentioned forgetting someone.
Natalie Portman's acceptance speech lasted over two and a half minutes. The orchestra behaved itself in cutting people off for the most part.
To my great disappointment, Banksy did not make an appearance, even as Justin Timberlake told us that he is in fact Banksy.
On to the results ...
First, I'd like to give special recognition to the one and only Dustin Rowles! With three out of twenty correct, he had dead last place locked up!
This brings us to our winner.
The winner is ...C. Robert Dimitri!!!!!!!! Yes, with twelve answers correct and an uncanny tiebreaker of 197 minutes (the actual length of the show was 195 minutes), I am the supreme champion of my own Oscar predicting game! You are all but lacking competitors who must bow to my superiority! I'll be taking myself to the Kodak Theatre and very much enjoying my own company and unchallenged Academy Awards acumen.
Wait ... what's that? Oh. I can't win my own contest?
Someone else did answer twelve correctly (even if I did edge her out in the tiebreaker), and that person is Margrete. Congratulations to Margrete! As promised, you will receive an Oscar-related DVD (please email Mr. Rowles with your choice and address), or if you would like to hang out with me at the Kodak where I will spring for the official tour (but not the transportation to Hollywood), just let us know.
Thank you everyone for playing!
C. Robert Dimitri wouldn't mind making silly quizzes like this full-time. He did his share of live-tweeting during the Oscars, but he'll leave most of the snark directed toward the show to everyone else.