Chris McLemore, a fellow Notre Dame 2L who is studying in London this year, won the second annual BrendanLoy.com Oscar Pool in dramatic fashion as Crash upset Brokeback Mountain for Best Picture.
If the heavily favored Brokeback had won, Vicki from NJ (Becky’s onetime USC roommate and our Trojan Hall buddy) would have won the pool. So, Notre Dame fans rejoice: finally, a Domer beats a Trojan in an upset. :)
This is the second consecutive year Vicki has been denied an Oscar Pool victory because she picked the wrong Best Picture. Last year, she was leading after 23 categories, but finished fifth because Million Dollar Baby beat out The Aviator for the top award. This year, she wound up in eighth place, behind seven people who predicted the Crash upset.
McLemore correctly picked not just Best Picture, but all of the major categories. He had 72 points out of a maximum possible total of 80, far better than anyone in last year’s pool managed.
He got 17 of the 24 categories right, one less than Vicki and fellow NDLS 2L Chris Aemisegger, who finished second with 67 points. But all of McLemore’s mistakes came in the categories that were worth only 1 or 2 points. He got Best Picture, Best Director, and the screenplay and acting categories correct across the board.
McLemore credits the “Oscar gods” with helping him, suggesting that perhaps they appreciated of the Oscar-related post on his blog yesterday. :)
After McLemore and Aemisegger, Derek Walden finished third with 64 points. “jj” finished fourth with 63, and Ruvym Gilman, “AMC” and Kristin (I believe that’s Kristin of NDLS 1L and fellow Gonzaga fan fame) tied for fifth with 62.
P.S. If Capote had won, C. Bassett would have won Best Picture. If Munich had won, McLemore would have shared the pool victory with Josh Britton. If Good Night, and Good Luck had won, McLemore would still have won, though with fewer points and by a slimmer margin.
UPDATE: You can now view all the picks of the Top 8 contestants.