Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 16, 2014

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Oscar nominations came out and another obsession of mine is touched upon during The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.

This year’s Oscar race could be wide open, much like the 2014 American League.

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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – January 16, 2014

How Chase Headley reminded me of the Oscar nominations

I know connecting San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley to the announcements of the Academy Awards sounds like a tenuous connection. Trust me, it makes sense.

Headley had been rumored to be traded all over the map. The Dodgers and the A’s seemed like the most likely target for the hot corner man with power.

The Padres, far from contention this year, decided to hang on to Huston Street and Carlos Quentin for next season, so Headley seemed like the best candidate to help infuse some young blood into the squad.

Plus, third baseman Jedd Gyorko continues to clean up in Triple A Tuscon. With a .341 average, 17 homers and an OPS of .981, he has earned the right to have a spot in the big leagues.

When the flurry of trades took place on the 31st, I was at work and had a hard time keeping track of where everyone landed.

The next day, I was listening to the Padres game on my MLB app on my iPhone. And I heard Chase Headley get a basehit. And I thought “Wait… Headley didn’t get traded? How did that happen?”

Which brings me to the Oscar nominations. There are a few times that there was a lock for a nomination that did not come through. I’m not saying these were the most deserving, but going into the nomination period, these seemed like they had all of the momentum.

Barbra Streisand as Best Director for Prince of Tides, Philadelphia as a Best Picture nomination, Ron Howard as Best Director for Apollo 13, Paul Giamatti for Best Actor in Sideways, Dreamgirls as a Best Picture nomination, and of course me, my brother Ted and Sean McPharlin being snubbed for Best Original Screenplay for I’ll Believe You.

When they announce the nominations, it is done early in the morning with each major category rattled off very quickly without much time to digest who was not called out.

And in the case of those instances above, it did not occur to me until much later that certain people did NOT get the nomination.

And there would be a moment where I stop and say “Wait a second. Dreamgirls wasn’t nominated? I thought that was going to win.”

And this the Headley connection.

He wasn’t traded. Ron Howard wasn’t nominated for Apollo 13.

I could not have predicted either one.

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The Sully Baseball Official Oscar Picks for 2012

I am taking a break this weekend from my baseball obsession to feed my other addiction:

The Academy Awards.

Now usually, I am super prepared for the Oscars. I’ve made it a point since the mid 1980s to see all the Best Picture Nominees before the telecast and most of the acting and writing picks as well.

In fact I’ve seen every Best Picture winner ever and every nominee since 1948.

Until this year.
I haven’t been able to get out to the movies at the clip that I would have wanted to this year. And while I’ve seen 6 of the 9 nominees (which I am betting is more than you’ve seen!) I am going into this year without seeing either one of the front runners.

Nope, I haven’t seen The Artist yet.
Nor have I seen Hugo.

So while I made to the end of that awful Tom Hanks/Sandra Bullock Sept. 11th movie and a feature length movie about the A’s winning where they barely mention Mulder, Zito and Hudson, I am woefully unprepared by my own standards.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t make my predictions! My predictions are based upon who I think will win, not based upon any merit.

So here’s my picks, submitted for your approval:

BEST PICTURE: The Artist
BEST DIRECTOR: Michel Hazanavicus, The Artist
BEST ACTOR: George Clooney, The Descendants
BEST ACTRESS: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Octavia Spencer, The Help
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: The Artist
BEST ART DIRECTION: Hugo
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: The Artist
BEST SOUND MIXING: Hugo
BEST EDITING: The Artist
BEST SOUND EDITING: War Horse
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
BEST MAKE UP: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
BEST MUSIC SCORE: The Artist
BEST SONG: Man or Muppet from The Muppets
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Rango
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: A Separation
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Pina

And of course the categories that NOBODY knows but we bet on them anyway.

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: La Luna
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM: Tuba Atlantic
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Basically “When in doubt, pick The Artist!”

I am going to watch the show and I am unapologetic, I enjoy it.

And I tend to be very bad in predicting winners.
I just hope Billy Beane is in the crowd.

Enjoy the show and enjoy listening to me talk about my Oscar obsession.

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