Last night, we had our first ever “Sports Guys pick the Oscars.” So, I wanted to provide a quick Oscars recap for everyone that was following along.
To begin with, I went 5 for 6 on my picks. Tommy doesn’t even do that well with his sports picks. It was just an absolutely dominating performance. Like Carmello Anthony in the Olympics, it may not get much respect, but it’s impressive. Now, others may point out things that I’m not good at, like basic math or walking. But, they’re just haters.
Paul, Eddie, Serniak, and Maher – I’ll take my $5 via Venmo. Thanks, fellas!
Here’s our Oscars recap of the picks:
Overall Oscars recap of picks:
- Cavi – 5/6 – The undisputed champ.
- Paul – 2/6
- Eddie – 2/6
- Serniak – 3/6
- Maher (of Razzball and 4PhillySports) – 4/6
Nominees: Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight
- Cavi – Moonlight
- Paul – Hacksaw Ridge
- Eddie – La La Land
- Serniak – Hidden Figures
- Maher – Manchester by the Sea
This was an absolute nail-biter! I didn’t think I was right. I was confused, disappointed and already tweeting my concession to Eddie for his “good” pick of La La Land. But, then, it turns out that the Oscars and Warren Beatty just wanted to ruin some lives and make people cry. I respect the move. They were just setting me up for an even more dramatic victory and Moonlight’s win put the exclamation mark on my victory!
Nominees: Casey Afflect, Andrew Garfeild, Ryan Gosling, Viggo Mortensen, and Denzel Washington
- Cavi – Casey Afflect
- Paul – Denzel Washington
- Eddie – Casey Afflect
- Serniak – Casey Afflect
- Maher – Casey Afflect
Paul, was completely and absolutely wrong here. He was the only one. Casey Afflect. He’s an common man’s guy. He can act his face off and has a sweet Boston accent. No brainer.
Nominees: Isabelle Huppert, Ruth Negga, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep
- Cavi – Emma Stone
- Paul – Natalie Portman
- Eddie – Emma Stone
- Serniak – Emma Stone
- Maher – Emma Stone
Paul disappoints again. We all knew that Emma Stone was going to win this one. She’s risen form the awkwardly hot girl in Super Bad to a genuine Hollywood starlet. Come on, Paul, get with it. This is coming from the ultimate Kennedy guy, me. Natalie Portman? Come on, man.
Nominees: Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle, and Zootopia
- Cavi – Zootopia
- Paul – The Red Turtle
- Eddie – Kubo and the Two Strings
- Serniak – The Red Turtle
- Maher – Zootopia
This category was an absolutely “softball-lobbed-pitch-set-up-homerun” for everyone. At least that’s what I thought. I figured, I’d give it to them and everyone would at least get one right. Nope, apparently Paul and Serniak have a strange affinity for Japanese animation, they picked the dark horse of all dark horses, The Red Turtle. And then Ed goes with Kubo and the Two Strings. Ed, you know who saw Kubo and the Red Strings? The Oscar committee. That’s it.
Nominees: Damien Chazelle, Mel Gibson, Barry Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and Denis Villenueve
- Cavi – Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
- Paul – Damien Chazelle, La La Land
- Eddie – Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
- Serniak – Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
- Maher – Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Paul took his category home for himself. Eddie, Serniak and Maher went with the guy-pick and took Manchester by the Sea. I was working an outside straight draw and gambled on Moonlight. Paul took the vanilla, safe bet and it paid off. The man-child, Damien Chazelle took home best director with La La Land.
Nominees: Fire at Sea, I Am Not Your Negro, Life, Animated, OJ: Made In America, and 13th
- Cavi – OJ: Made In America
- Paul – OJ: Made In America
- Eddie – I Am Not Your Negro
- Serniak – OJ: Made In America
- Maher – OJ: Made In America
I honestly had no idea how this one was going to go. I watch “OJ: Made In America” and I thought it was great. My wife actually watched it with me too. So, I knew it had crossover, mass appeal. But, this category is always a wild card. We all went with “OJ” because it was sports related, I assume. Ed tried to take a gamble and make a pick that would pull him ahead early in the competition. It was a gamble that didn’t work out, but, I respect the move. I enjoy writing a article about the Oscars recap, when it involves me winning.