Upset pick helps winner

Keedysville woman wins Oscar picks contest

Keedysville woman wins Oscar picks contest

March 01, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

KEEDYSVILLE - Of the major movies associated with the Academy Awards this year, Karen Adams saw just one - "Little Miss Sunshine."

She loved it so much she picked Alan Arkin to be the upset winner for the supporting actor Oscar. That decision helped her win The Herald-Mail's fourth Oscar picks contest.

"Oh, thank you. That's exciting," Adams said upon learning the news Monday. "That's wonderful news, and it's my birthday today so that's even a double whammy."

Adams guessed correctly for nine of the 10 categories. No one else had that many correct in our contest.

The only one she got wrong was best foreign language film, where another upset winner, "The Lives of Others" from Germany, prevailed. Adams, as many of our contest participants did, thought the winner would be "Pan's Labyrinth" from Mexico.


Thirty-one people entered the contest this year, with many of them picking Eddie Murphy from "Dreamgirls" to win the best supporting actor award.

"Arkin, I thought he was hilarious, a throwback to my flower child background. I always liked him, so I thought, let's go for him," said Adams, 56, of Keedysville.

Adams said she went with her gut for the six major awards - picture, director and the four acting awards.

"I just tended to think it was Martin Scorsese's year," she said. Scorsese won his first best-director Oscar with his sixth nomination in that category.

For winning, Adams will receive $50. She's not sure how she'll spend the money, but she might use it to go see or rent some of the movies honored at the Oscars.

Adams is a big movie fan. She also judges horse shows and teaches dressage out of Plantation Valley Stables in Middletown, Md. She retired in 2003 from her job as assistant to the director of data at the World Bank.

Her favorite movies are "Lawrence of Arabia," which amazed her as a child, and the anti-establishment "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

The Oscar winners in the 10 contest categories are ...

1. Best Motion Picture: "The Departed"

2. Director: Martin Scorsese, "The Departed"

3. Actor: Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"

4. Actress: Helen Mirren, "The Queen"

5. Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine"

6. Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"

7. Adapted Screenplay: William Monahan, "The Departed"

8. Original Screenplay: Michael Arndt, "Little Miss Sunshine"

9. Animated Feature Film: "Happy Feet"

10. Foreign Language Film: "The Lives of Others," Germany

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