Category: Friday Face-Off

The Friday Face-Off, The Ultimate List – Week #10

The Ultimate List Face-Off event has now begun. We will be using Google Forms to process these polls due to their extensiveness and the ease of creating the polls. For more information on how the game works, click here.

Here are this week’s batch: GOOGLE POLL.

The Friday Face-Off, The Ultimate List – Week #9

The Ultimate List Face-Off event has now begun. We will be using Google Forms to process these polls due to their extensiveness and the ease of creating the polls. For more information on how the game works, click here.

Here are this week’s batch: GOOGLE POLL.

The Friday Face-Off, The Ultimate List – Week #8

The Ultimate List Face-Off event has now begun. We will be using Google Forms to process these polls due to their extensiveness and the ease of creating the polls. For more information on how the game works, click here.

Here are this week’s batch: GOOGLE POLL.

The Friday Face-Off, The Ultimate List – Week #7

The Ultimate List Face-Off event has now begun. We will be using Google Forms to process these polls due to their extensiveness and the ease of creating the polls. For more information on how the game works, click here.

Here are this week’s batch: GOOGLE POLL.

The Friday Face-Off, The Ultimate List – Week #6

The Ultimate List Face-Off event has now begun. We will be using Google Forms to process these polls due to their extensiveness and the ease of creating the polls. For more information on how the game works, click here.

Here are this week’s batch: GOOGLE POLL.

The Friday Face-Off, The Ultimate List – Week #5

The Ultimate List Face-Off event has now begun. We will be using Google Forms to process these polls due to their extensiveness and the ease of creating the polls. For more information on how the game works, click here.

Here are this week’s batch: GOOGLE POLL.

The Friday Face-Off, The Ultimate List – Week #4

The Ultimate List Face-Off event has now begun. We will be using Google Forms to process these polls due to their extensiveness and the ease of creating the polls. For more information on how the game works, click here.

Here are this week’s batch: GOOGLE POLL.

The Friday Face-Off, The Ultimate List – Week #3

The Ultimate List Face-Off event has now begun. We will be using Google Forms to process these polls due to their extensiveness and the ease of creating the polls. For more information on how the game works, click here.

Here are this week’s batch: GOOGLE POLL.

The Friday Face-Off, The Ultimate List – Week #2

The Ultimate List Face-Off event has now begun. We will be using Google Forms to process these polls due to their extensiveness and the ease of creating the polls. For more information on how the game works, click here.

Here are this week’s batch: GOOGLE POLL.

The Friday Face-Off, The Ultimate List, Week #1

The Ultimate List Face-Off event has now begun. We will be using Google Forms to process these polls due to their extensiveness and the ease of creating the polls. For more information on how the game works, click here.

Although we previously had discussions on limitations per week (the winning tallies were 10 per category and 10 categories per week), the sheer volume of face-offs that would be needed to complete this series would take us more than 17 years to complete. As a result, to make this go a wee bit faster, we’ll be doing all of the categories every week with 20 face-offs per category.

There are presently 4,465 pairings for Best Picture alone. If we do 20 a week, it will take 223+ weeks, which is 4.29 years. That’s a benchmark we can likely meet without too much trouble. Once categories finish (Animated Feature will take significantly less time than Music), we’ll start pulling in the larger categories into 40 per week. The same number of polls will be conducted each week (400). Google Forms should also allow you to save your progress and finish at a later time, so while it may seem daunting, you’ll have plenty of time to submit at your leisure.

Now for this week’s batch: GOOGLE POLL.

The Friday Face-Off, The Lists: Foundation

Two weeks ago, I posted (link here: http://cinemasight.com/the-friday-face-off-interim-preview/) my intentions for this feature going forward and asked for everyone’s input on which categories we would follow. There was at least support for all of the categories except the documentary and short film categories. That’s likely because those winners aren’t always easy to find. Every other category batch had 2 or more selections out of 8 votes. Strangely, Best Picture only got 5 votes and Best Directing got 7. It’s a very strange discrepancy.

Since I don’t have a way to see the final breakdown, what I’m going to do is try and do all of the categories with at least one vote, but break them down so that we have different batches going at the same time so as to prevent category burn out. I will also give the feature another week’s rest while I create the list for tracking and ordering all of the contests so that if others are going to participate, they have a chance to vote as well.

This feature will take a very long time to complete. Do we do one category at a time or one from each category every week? How many contests per winner? These are important questions, so below are three more polls. Please note that in two of these, you can multiple them together to find out just how many polls will be done each week.

This first poll is to determine how many contests for each winner every week.

How many comparisons each week should be done?

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This second poll is to determine how many categories we look at each week. Anything less than 19 will requiring rotating the categories out every few weeks.

How many categories should we do each week?

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This third poll is to determine whether we combine all of the writing categories together or if we break down by original and adapted screenplays. Please note that the

Should we break out original from adapted screenplays?

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The Friday Face-Off, Winners

After weeks of voting, we have a result:

Picture: Casablanca
Animated Feature: Spirited Away
Directing: Joseph L. Mankiewicz – All About Eve
Actor: Jack Nicholson – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Actress: Vivien Leigh – A Streetcar Named Desire
Supporting Actor: Joe Pesci – Good Fellas
Supporting Actress: Ruth Gordon – Rosemary’s Baby
Original Screenplay: All About Eve
Adapted Screenplay: Gods and Monsters
Music: Titanic
Song: “Moon River” – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Film Editing: Raging Bull
Cinematography: Lawrence of Arabia
Production Design: Gone With the Wind
Costume Design: My Fair Lady
Makeup: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Sound: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Sound Editing: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Visual Effects: 2001: A Space Odyssey
Foreign Language Film: Z

Please come back soon for our next in the series: ranking winners.

The Friday Face-Off, Interim Preview

Last week, I mentioned my plans for this feature once the final results are tabulated. Since I wanted to give both prior polls time to breathe, I thought I would dig into the idea a little more here and see what everyone thinks about doing it (and what categories they would like to see it done with).

Essentially, what I would do is take every winner of an Academy Award and pit them against another. Below is an incomplete sample. Essentially, depending on how many other winners each of them beat would develop the ranking. Ties would be settled based on how they fared against one another.

Here’s an example of how the match-ups would look:

Wings vs. The Broadway Melody
Wings vs. All Quiet on the Western Front
Wings vs. Cimarron
Wings vs. Grand Hotel

The Broadway Melody vs. All Quiet on the Western Front
The Broadway Melody vs. Cimarron
The Broadway Melody vs. Grand Hotel

All Quiet on the Western Front vs. Cimarron
All Quiet on the Western Front vs. Grand Hotel

Cimarron vs. Grand Hotel

This would be done for all 94 existing winners (and would be refreshed each time a new set of winners was announced).

Let’s say Wings wins 2 matchups, The Broadway Melody wins 0, All Quiet on the Western Front wins 4, Cimarron wins 1, and Grand Hotel wins 3. They would ultimately be ranked:

1. All Quiet on the Western Front
2. Grand Hotel
3. Wings
4. Cimarron
5. The Broadway Melody

Let’s say both Cimarron and The Broadway Melody came out of their 94 matchups with three wins a piece. In the above example, Cimarron beat The Broadway Melody, so it would be ranked above.

It’s a simple way to compare and contrast the winners without risking an unfair matchup (like a Sweet 16 Bracket might).

Now for the poll, which of the Oscar categories would you like to see this done with? I’d love to do all of them, but I understand that not all of them would be of interest. I’ve enabled a number of choices equal to the maximum number of categories, so you can choose as many or as few as you wish. Based on the end results, I’ll make the weekly polls work. I will still try to limit each week to no more than 25 polls. Answering 94 a week would get a bit tedious, after all. I’m also including four defunct categories. Three have been wrapped into existing categories and one has been set aside on its own.

Which categories?

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The Friday Face-Off, Winners Bracket, Round 7 #1

Rather than leave another week without some polls, I thought I’d also save us some time. Last week’s polls were essentially the last in every category except the music categories. So this week, we’ll play a little bet hedging. Without knowing which of last week’s two face-offs will be the final two, I’m going to put out four polls, one with each potential face-off. Next week, we’ll take another break, and then the following week, with all of the polls getting at least two weeks’ worth of votes, we will reveal all of the final winners that we’ve been working on.

After that, I’m not sure what to do next. I like the idea of the face-offs, but starting over to cover the last few years that weren’t included would be rather dull. However, I’ve thought we could possibly do face-offs for each winner versus every other winner. For example, Best Picture winner Wings would face-off against each of the other 93 Best Picture winners. Based on the number of films each of the titles beat, we’ll be able to put together a formal ranking of every Best Picture winner ever. Could even do it for other categories, but we’ll start off with Best Picture and see how it goes.

Now, back to the current polls:
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The Friday Face-Off, Winners Bracket, Round 6 #1

Below are our face-offs for this week. Choose the better winner in each category. For more information on how the game works, click here.

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