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2014 Gazette Oscar Contest: And the winner is ...

Friday, March 7, 2014
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This year, for the first time ever, I correctly picked every winner in the Gazette Oscar Contest. I’ve always dreamed of having a perfect ballot. Well, my dream finally came true.

Nine of the 300-plus entrants in the contest also picked every winner and got the tiebreaker question (Which film will win the most Oscars?) correct.

From this pool of perfect ballots, we randomly selected this year’s contest winner: Timothy Carroll of Ballston Lake.

For those who have never entered before, the contest is pretty simple: I try to predict who will take home Oscars in nine categories; entrants try to outguess me.

Carroll filled out his ballot with the help of his son Sean, and gave Sean credit for his perfect ballot.

At 17, Sean is too young to enter the Oscar contest — entrants must be at least 18. And though Carroll enjoys the movies, it sounds like Sean is the real film buff in the family.

“He’s just incredible,” said Carroll, 61, who works as a manager at a local Hannaford. “Ever since he was a real little kid, he’s had a passion for movies and TV.” At Shenendehowa High School, Sean has made videos for his courses, and is considering studying film when he attends college.

“He wants to get into the business,” Carroll said. “He’s working on two projects right now. He’s writing scripts and storyboards. He’s got a library of movies, ranging from comedy to drama. He likes the classics.”

This is the first year Carroll has entered the Oscar contest.

He said he watches the Oscars every year with his family, and has seen many of the Oscar-nominated films, including “American Hustle,” which he loved, and Best Picture winner, “12 Years a Slave,” which he also thought was very good. He said that Sean really enjoyed “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and that he planned to watch “Dallas Buyers Club,” which landed acting awards for stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, on DVD soon.

“Sean subscribes to Entertainment Weekly,” Carroll said. “He knew that momentum was building for Matthew.”

Other big winners were Cate Blanchett (Best Actress), for her work as the socialite wife of a disgraced businessman in “Blue Jasmine,” and Lupita Nyong’o (Best Supporting Actress) for her searing portrayal of the slave Patsey in “12 Years a Slave.”

Alfonso Cuaron took home the prize for Best Director for helming “Gravity,” while John Ridley picked up an award for Best Adapted Screenplay for “12 Years a Slave” and Spike Jonze won Best Original Screenplay for “Her.” “Frozen” won Best Animated Film.

Carroll’s prize is two movie tickets and a $100 gift certificate to a local restaurant.

Congratulations to Timothy and Sean, and thanks to all of the participants.

Reach Sara Foss at 395-3193 or sfoss@dailygazette.net.

 

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