The Gold Knight: Oscar gets in on the MadnessWritten by James A. Molnar | The Gold Knight | firstname.lastname@example.org
The madness may have ended for this year’s Academy Awards; however, Oscar is starting his own madness this March, in tribute to the NCAA tournament.
Called Oscar Madness, the motion picture academy is sponsoring a public poll to determine the best, Best Picture. On one side of the bracket are 16 Best Picture winners. On the other side are 16 Best Picture nominees. Ultimately, the championship poll will pit the most-voted winner with the most-voted nominee.Fans can vote on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Facebook page.
The tournament began on March 12 and the two films vying for the championship matchup will be determined by March 22. Currently, movies are vying for the Elite Eight. Matchups among Best Picture winners include “The Sound of Music” vs. “Forrest Gump” and “Crash” vs. “American Beauty.” On the nominees side of the bracket, matchups include “The Shawshank Redemption” vs. “Mary Poppins” and “Pulp Fiction” vs. “The Color Purple.”
Since it began, each poll has received between 600 and 1,500 votes, according to the Academy’s Facebook page. “The Sound of Music” trailed “Forrest Gump” on Monday, during voting, with 455 votes to 1,095 votes.
The Academy is also providing colorful commentary on its site, reviewing each day of matchups: “Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson—for putting up a valiant defense against one of the most popular movies ever made by one of the most celebrated filmmakers of all time. The Sweet 16 continued as Mike Nichols’s ‘The Graduate’ went head-to-head with Martin Scorsese’s ‘Goodfellas.’ Both films feature young men making questionable life choices. And both are wildly exuberant, but more than tinged with uncertainty and regret.” Read more here.
Toledo Free Press Lead Designer and Film Editor James A. Molnar blogs about all things Oscar at TheGoldKnight.com.