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Oscar contest winner's guesses were picture perfect

March 03, 2013|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com
  • Amanda Hann, a photographer from Fayetteville, Pa., won The Herald-Mail's Oscar contest. She was one of only a few contestants who picked Ang Lee to win Best Director for "Life of Pi."
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By all accounts, Amanda Hann was having a bad Monday.

She had broken her toe.

But before 5 p.m., Hann’s day was looking up because she was $100 richer thanks to her perfect score entry in The Herald-Mail Oscar Picks contest.

Of the 106 qualified entries, Hann was the only person to name all 10 categories correct.

Hann, 31, of Fayettesville, Pa., said this is the first year she entered the contest.

A movie-lover, Hann said she didn’t get to many of the nine films that were nominated for Best Picture this year. Of the movies she did watch, Hann said she opted to rent.

“I watch a lot of stuff from home,” she said.

Hann, who is owner of her own photography studio, Hann’s On Portraits, said her secret to naming all the winners was simply following previous awards shows, especially The Golden Globes.

“I watched (the Globes) and I think what really got me was that Adele won for Best Song,” she said.

Adele’s Oscar-winning “Skyfall,” piqued Hann’s interest in the James Bond movie of the same name.

And that interest, she said, started her looking into other nominated movies such as “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

She found “Zero Dark Thirty” to be a bit of a bore.

And although she correctly identified “Argo” as the winner, Hann said she “absolutely loved” “Lincoln.”

Hann said she still has a list of the other flicks she’d like to see — namely Best Picture winner “Argo” and Best Original Screenplay winner “Django Unchained.”

Her favorite movies are of the action sci-fi genre, but she also said she does likes biographical films as well. That’s why “Lincoln” received high marks from her. Her favorite movie is “Glory.”

She said she liked that in “Lincoln” they showed that the 16th president as a man. It didn’t hurt that her favorite actor, Daniel Day Lewis,  portrayed Lincoln in the movie.

“He’s such a great actor,” she said. “He’s able to get into the role and really become the role.”

Hann was one of the few who correctly guessed Ang Lee as the winner for Best Director. Unfortunately, she hasn’t seen that movie yet, either.
And don’t ask Hann what she thought of Seth MacFarland’s turn as host for the Academy Awards. She missed the show because she was coming back from a photography job.

As for what she’s going to do with that $100 prize? It won’t be going to the medical bills for her toe.

“I would normally say photo props for the business,” she said. “But I think I might treat the family out to a dinner. But I don’t know. Something nice, definitely. It’s pretty cool. I’ve never won anything like this.”


Academy Award Winners

Best Picture: “Argo”

Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis for “Lincoln”

Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained”

Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway for “Les Miserables”

Best Director: Ang Lee for “Life of Pi”

Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio for “Argo”

Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained”

Animated Feature Film: “Brave”

Original Song: “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

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