If you'd kindly take your seats and put away the Hickory Farms cheese samplers included in your gift baskets, I'd like to welcome you to the Kodak Theater. We've got just enough time before Billy Crystal defiles the stage yet again to wrap this up.
I'd like to take this time to thank everyone who participated. This is my first TD and, mostly, I think it went pretty well. Even Question 13, which, despite the horrific overhead, worked out about like I hoped. I have a newfound respect to those who run these, finding questions, dealing with the rules, loopholes and scoring, and knowing full well that (especially with this crowd) they WILL find, despite your best efforts, what you overlooked.
So give yourselves a round of applause.
And now, our Honorable Mentions:
28. amorris525 - 77.5
27. debramc - 67.5
26. oddsox - 64.5 (After a -1 adjustment for Liz Taylor)
25. ayeembored - 59
24. Bamaman - 55.5
23. Rackme32 - 54
22. Woof - 51.5
21. Woppy T - 48
20. econgator - 47.5
19. barandall800 - 46 (Pete Postlethwaite providing -6, moving up 3 spots)
18. cheezguyty - 44 (-1 for Liz Taylor)
17. WRV - 42.5
16. fowlerism - 40
15. seaborgium - 39
14. Paucle - 38.5 (Cliff Robertson's -7 giving a good jump of around 4 spots)
13. opusthepenguin - 38 (The tie breaker putting you 4th of 4 among the 38s)
12. Vanya - 38 (-1 for Liz Taylor, 3rd best tiebreaker between the 38s.)
11. Turd Ferguson - 38 (-1 for Liz Taylor, 2nd best tiebreaker between the 38s.)
10. gamawire - 38 - (While taking +5 for Dennis Hopper, the best viewership guess between the 38s keeps you at 10th.)
9. mitchparov - 31 (-1 for Liz Taylor)
8. xxaaxx - 31 (Pete Postlethwaite with -6 and a better tie breaker guess slides you into 8th.)
7. billy pilgrim - 30
For those keeping track, not only are there six places left to announce, there's still six bonuses left to assign!
Coming in at 6th...teapot37 (30)
Using the double whammy of Liz Taylor and a better tiebreaker guess to take our first rewarded spot. You'll be joining Aaron Sorkin on stage, presenting the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. One important note: no Sports Night jokes. He'll release David Fincher on you. You do not want that.
Following you both on the award podium and on stage, in 5th place...Peggles (27)
A singleton on Peter Falk giving a 7 point drop made you a shoe-in. Standing alongside Christopher Nolan, you'll be handing out the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. (Handing it directly to him is an option as well; we'll have smoke bombs ready to cover your escape.)
In 4th place...MarkBarrett (25)
Your responce of Liz Taylor just wasn't enough to maintain your lead. Hopefully assisting last year's Best Actress Natalie Portman hand out this year's Best Actor in a Leading Role trophy will be consolation enough.
And in 3rd...
Lighting the way with Sidney Lumet for 6 points off, you'll be with last year's Best Actor Colin Firth to present this year's Best Actress in a Leading Role. Don't stutter!
The penultimate award goes to 2nd place finisher...
Handing out an award your final answer, Sidney Lumet, never got in real life, you'll be next to Peter Jackson as the last holder of the Best Director statuette before the winner gets it.
Finally, proving most expertly the Hollywood adage of "It's not what you know, it's who you know"...RandyG (22)
Norman Corwin, an acquaintence of our winner for years, his sole nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1956 (Lust for Life...that title sounds familiar...) provided a 7 point drop for RandyG all the way into First Place. There will be many others on stage helping you hand out the Best Picture statuette, but you'll be the most important since between you and The Muppets, there are only two dexterous hands! I just hope you don't mind being upstaged by green felt.
And again, thanks to everyone!
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did running it. Oh, hey, you got me something too! What is that, a hook? Oh you shouldn't ha*hurk*