SHEEPDOG DAVID GRANT’S FIFTEENTH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS CONTEST

Hey, Kids!

2012 was a rather eventful year in many contrasting ways.  There was good and bad.

The Bad:
In October of 2011 I scheduled a store meeting for my employees at GameStop.  One of my employees came to the off-hours meeting under the influence of alcohol, and I decided to deal with the problem myself.  My former boss and the human resources department decided that I showed poor judgement and decided to terminate my employment.  I spent the entire year seeking out new opportunities.  The market is pretty rough, and it’s taken until December for me to find anything.  I now work a part-time, entry level, barely above minimum wage job at a movie theater.  I’m very worried about how ends shall meet, and I am still seeking out something more.

The Good:
So far, I actually really enjoy the new job.  The people are great, the work is helping me regain lost confidence, and the fact that it’s at a movie theater and allows me to see free movies has reignited the fire I have for movies.  I started writing movie reviews on my blog (http://www.wolfinwool.wordpress.com), and they’ve already helped generate more interest.

Chalkskin released it’s first album as a full out rap group (my second album as MC Chalkskin).  It’s gotten nothing but positive reviews and has gotten universal praise from the leaders in the nerdcore hip hop subgenre.  If you haven’t already had the chance to check it out, you can listen to “PayDay” for free right now!  http://www.chalkskin.bandcamp.com

I released two episodes for a new sketch comedy web series I like to call “The Sheepdog Show.”  The first episode had Kariem Marbury (D.J. Pop’N’Fresh, Are You Scared?) as our special guest.  The second featured Ashley Bank (Monster Squad, prolific child actor).  You can check out the show at http://www.youtube.com/thesheepdogshow

This month, nerdreactor.com will premiere two new series from Wolf In Wool Productions.  In Chalkskin 10, MC Chalkskin interviews prominent celebrities.  In Gamer_Bob (starring Dominique Gilbert, who is best known as El Gun Legro; co-produced by Angela Englert) takes on passionate nerdy issues.

I’ve become dedicated to getting a book ready for publishing by the end of 2013.  I don’t want to go into too many details, but if you’re interested in checking out the prologue and give me your feedback, you can do so on my blog.  https://wolfinwool.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/prologue-would-you-read-this-book/

I’m now in a committed relationship with a wonderful girl named Stella.  If you’d like to see more of her, she’s actually a cast member on “The Sheepdog Show.”  She’s the one with the mustache and sunglasses!

HOW ABOUT YOU?
I always love this time of year, because it’s my chance to catch up with so many people that are so very important to me.  Please let me know what’s been going on in your neck of the woods!!

THE RULES:

1. The winner is the person who chooses the most winners overall. There are no bonuses for picking any one category.

2. Submissions must be turned in to me through e-mail (PaulSquall@gmail.com) . . . or snail mail, if you’d like … but it must be in written form for verification purposes) before the award ceremony begins (Sunday, March 7th, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET ). Entries arriving after that time will be discarded.   I will reply to your e-mail to let you know that I’ve received it.

3. No one may “reply to all” under any circumstances. I don’t care how happy you are about winning or ticked off you are about coming in last or turned on you are about someone’s name in the list. Please do not write to anyone on the list who you do not know. And please do not use this as an opportunity to snag that addy for your ex so you can finally tell them off.

4. Please don’t get mad at me for writing this e-mail as a mass e-mail or even just for sending this to you. I look upon this contest as a gesture of friendship in an effort of fun. If you are on this list, I have put you on it for a reason. Either I like you, respect you, think you’re keen, or misspelled someone’s e-mail address (or all of the above).

5. Multiple selections within the same category may not be made.

6. In the event of a tie, a tie breaker question will be asked to all participants in the tie. This will continue until a clear winner can be found.

The prize:
Okay.  It’s time I face the facts.  DVDs are pretty much dead.  Besides, I suck at getting out a physical prize, and I’m broke.  So the prize will simply be bragging rights.  But I think that fifteen years of history gives a lot of reason to want to win!

http://oscar.go.com/mypicks

THE NOMINEES:

Best motion picture of the year

  • “Amour”
    Nominees to be determined
  • “Argo”
    Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
    Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
  • “Django Unchained”
    Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers
  • “Les Misérables”
    Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers
  • “Life of Pi”
    Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
  • “Lincoln”
    Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”
    Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”
    Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
  • Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables
  • Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
  • Denzel Washington in Flight

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Alan Arkin in Argo
  • Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln
  • Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained

Achievement in directing

  • “Amour” Michael Haneke
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Benh Zeitlin
  • “Life of Pi” Ang Lee
  • “Lincoln” Steven Spielberg
  • “Silver Linings Playbook” David O. Russell

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
  • Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
  • Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Naomi Watts in The Impossible

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in “The Master”
  • Sally Field in “Lincoln”
  • Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables”
  • Helen Hunt in “The Sessions”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Brave” Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
  • “Frankenweenie” Tim Burton
  • “ParaNorman” Sam Fell and Chris Butler
  • “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” Peter Lord
  • “Wreck-It Ralph” Rich Moore

Adapted screenplay

  • “Argo” Screenplay by Chris Terrio
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
  • “Life of Pi” Screenplay by David Magee
  • “Lincoln” Screenplay by Tony Kushner
  • “Silver Linings Playbook” Screenplay by David O. Russell

Original screenplay

  • “Amour” Written by Michael Haneke
  • “Django Unchained”Written by Quentin Tarantino
  • “Flight” Written by John Gatins
  • “Moonrise Kingdom” Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
  • “Zero Dark Thirty” Written by Mark Boal

Achievement in cinematography

  • “Anna Karenina” Seamus McGarvey
  • “Django Unchained” Robert Richardson
  • “Life of Pi” Claudio Miranda
  • “Lincoln” Janusz Kaminski
  • “Skyfall” Roger Deakins

Best foreign language film of the year

  • “Amour” Austria
  • “Kon-Tiki” Norway
  • “No” Chile
  • “A Royal Affair” Denmark
  • “War Witch” Canada

Best documentary feature

  • “5 Broken Cameras”
    Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
  • “The Gatekeepers”
    Nominees to be determined
  • “How to Survive a Plague”
    Nominees to be determined
  • “The Invisible War”
    Nominees to be determined
  • “Searching for Sugar Man”
    Nominees to be determined

Best documentary short subject

  • “Inocente”
    Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
  • “Kings Point”
    Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
  • “Mondays at Racine”
    Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
  • “Open Heart”
    Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
  • “Redemption”
    Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Achievement in film editing

  • “Argo” William Goldenberg
  • “Life of Pi” Tim Squyres
  • “Lincoln” Michael Kahn
  • “Silver Linings Playbook” Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
  • “Zero Dark Thirty” Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Achievement in costume design

  • “Anna Karenina” Jacqueline Durran
  • “Les Misérables” Paco Delgado
  • “Lincoln” Joanna Johnston
  • “Mirror Mirror” Eiko Ishioka
  • “Snow White and the Huntsman” Colleen Atwood

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • “Hitchcock”
    Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
  • “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
    Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
  • “Les Misérables”
    Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “Anna Karenina” Dario Marianelli
  • “Argo” Alexandre Desplat
  • “Life of Pi” Mychael Danna
  • “Lincoln” John Williams
  • “Skyfall” Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
    Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
  • “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”
    Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
    Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
  • “Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
    Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
  • “Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
    Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Achievement in production design

  • “Anna Karenina”
    Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
  • “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
    Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
  • “Les Misérables”
    Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
  • “Life of Pi”
    Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
  • “Lincoln”
    Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Best animated short film

  • “Adam and Dog” Minkyu Lee
  • “Fresh Guacamole” PES
  • “Head over Heels” Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
  • “Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” David Silverman
  • “Paperman” John Kahrs

Best live action short film

  • “Asad” Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
  • “Buzkashi Boys” Sam French and Ariel Nasr
  • “Curfew” Shawn Christensen
  • “Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)” Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
  • “Henry” Yan England

Achievement in sound editing

  • “Argo” Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
  • “Django Unchained” Wylie Stateman
  • “Life of Pi” Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
  • “Skyfall” Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
  • “Zero Dark Thirty” Paul N.J. Ottosson

Achievement in sound mixing

  • “Argo”
    John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
  • “Les Misérables”
    Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
  • “Life of Pi”
    Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
  • “Lincoln”
    Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
  • “Skyfall”
    Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

Achievement in visual effects

  • “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
    Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
  • “Life of Pi”
    Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
  • “Marvel’s The Avengers”
    Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
  • “Prometheus”
    Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
  • “Snow White and the Huntsman”
    Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael DawsonImage
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