Friday, February 22, 2013

Our guide to the 85th Academy Awards (via other guides)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 1:21 PM

This Sunday, the great powers of Godless Babylon will descend on Los Angeles, where liberal heathen Hollywood will celebrate their orgiastic lives with false idols of accomplishment. This is also known as the 85th Academy Awards.

As with recent years, the major categories have so many Oscar nominees that it is almost entirely unlikely that you've seen all of them, unless you've lived in a movie theater for the past six months. Like, for example, you probably haven't seen Amour, which should win every single award but probably won't. We've compiled this guide to the best guides about the nominated films, acceptance speeches, predictions, and everything else you need to know about the 2013 Oscars.

Georgia Tech grad student Rebecca Rolfe

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  • Screengrab via Thank the Academy

Rebecca Rolfe is getting a graduate degree from Georgia Tech, which means you probably shouldn't trust or be interested in her taste in film. You should, on the other hand, be interested in her abilities with interactive infographics for organizing obscure, minute data. For good reason, her breakdown of Academy Award acceptance speeches has gone somewhat viral in recent days. Want to know which producer has been thanked more than any other over the years? The answer is Harvey Weinstein. Want to know whether men or women blather on longer at the podium? The answer, for most years, is men. When your mind is going numb during yet another over-long acceptance speech on Sunday, just think about all the data Rebecca Rolfe is gathering and how much fun it will be to click on it later.

Richard Lawson


Since his days at Gawker, where he wrote thousands upon thousands of words that sort of had to do with television shows, Richard Lawson has established himself as the most important new young person writing about popular moving images. At the Atlantic Wire, he's been compiling a list of who should win all of the Oscars and also put together a list of who probably will. Trust Richard. He knows what he's talking about.

Vulture

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  • Screengrab via Vulture

Want to win some money for making good guesses? New York Mag's Vulture blog is giving $500 bucks to the reader who predicts the most winners in their interactive ballot. They're also showing the results of readers' picks, which is a quick way to find out what movies are the crowd favorites.

David Carr and A.O. Scott

The New York Times' leading "guys who argue about stuf in the office breakroom" David Carr and A.O. Scott will be offering live video commentary throughout the ceremony. Carr is always sharp-tongued, and Scott is deeply informed, which makes for good tension. They also like to slouch around and eat bags of potato chips, which is a pretty good antidote to all of the forced glamor that dominates the Oscar festivities.

Nate Silver

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  • Screengrab via FiveThirtyEight
The man who understands numbers better than you ever will, and who predicted basically everything about the last Presidential election, has thrown his hat into the Oscars prediction ring. He has made some charts on the topic, too. Forget everything else. Nate Silver is never wrong.

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