Hagerstown man credits luck with his consecutive wins in Oscar Picks contest

March 04, 2012|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE |
  • Michael Day of Hagerstown won the Oscar Picks contest this year with eight out of 10 categories correct.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

Michael Day, 60, of Hagerstown thought it was all over even before the 84th annual Academy Awards had barely begun.

Different from years past, the first category during the Feb. 26 broadcast was Best Cinematography.

Day was hoping that "Tree of Life" would win. Instead, the Oscar went to "Hugo."

"I was 0 for 1 and I thought this wasn't going to be my year," he said.

 But this wasn't Day's first time at the Oscar Picks podium. He nabbed the coveted prize last year, and spent the $50 prize by taking his wife, Carol, out to dinner.

Last year, he said, he had nine out of the 10 correct. This year, he named eight out of the 10.

Of the 34 entrants this year, Day and one other contestant had given the most correct answers. Day won by a random drawing.

Day, who is a Drupal administrator, said he was excited when The Herald-Mail contest decided to drop the Best Foreign Language Film category and added Best Animated Feature.

He got the Animated  Feature category right saying that "Rango," which featured the voice of Johnny Depp, would win.

Day said he liked it a lot because "it wasn't a kid's movie."

He referenced two scenes in "Rango" with bats — one that gave a nod to the flying monkeys in "Wizard of Oz" and the other acting as the famous fight scene in "Star Wars" — that was more for adults than kids.

One of the most commonly incorrectly guessed categories was for Woody Allen for Best Original Screenplay for "Midnight in Paris."

Day correctly picked the Allen flick. He said he enjoyed the movie, although guessed a movie-goer had to "probably have a art history degree or a degree in English literature" to understand it.

His other incorrect guess was Viola Davis for "The Help." But it was Meryl Streep who walked away with the Oscar for her turn as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady."

Asked if he watched all nine Best Picture nominees this year, Day laughed.

"What? Are you crazy?"  he joked. "That's an awful lot of movies."

Instead, he watched more DVDs. He also credits his correct answers to keeping abreast on what's going on in the entertainment world.

"Luck had a lot to do with it," he said.

Oscar winners

Best Picture: "The Artist"
Best  Actor: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Best Actress: Meryl Streep,"The Iron Lady"
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, "The Help"
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, "The Descendants"
Best Cinematography: "Hugo"
Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"
Best Animated Feature: "Rango"

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