The Fourth Annual KohOscars

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The fourth annual KohOscars are here! With a brand new voting committee instated, this year’s awards capture a wide array of films and genres. Coming home with most nominations for a single film this year is Avengers: Infinity War, picking up fifteen nominations. A Star is Born came second with thirteen nominations, followed by Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse tying for third with twelve nominations. Disney was the studio with the most nominations with forty-one total nominations.

Best Picture:

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  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Creed II
  • The Favourite
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • A Quiet Place
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • A Star is Born

Best Actor:

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  • Christian Bale, Vice
  • Jeff Bridges, Bad Times at the El Royale
  • John Cho, Searching
  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
  • Michael B. Jordan, Creed II
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actress:

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  • Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
  • Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place
  • Toni Collette, Hereditary
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  • Lady Gaga, A Star is Born
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
  • Anna Kendrick, A Simple Favor

Best Supporting Actor:

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  • Mahershalla Ali, Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliot, A Star is Born
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Widows
  • Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
  • Sylvester Stallone, Creed II

Best Supporting Actress:

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  • Lucy Boynton, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Elizabeth Debicki, Widows
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Blake Lively, A Simple Favor
  • Zoe Saldana, Avengers: Infinity War
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Young Actor/Actress:

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  • Rohan Chan, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
  • Julian Dennison, Deadpool 2
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
  • Abby Ryder Fortson, Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace
  • Milly Shapiro, Hereditary
  • Millicent Simmonds, A Quiet Place

Best Director:

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  • Ryan Coogler, Black Panther
  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Drew Goddard, Bad Times at the El Royale
  • John Kraskinski, A Quiet Place
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Infinity War

Best Adapted Screenplay:

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  • Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, Avengers: Infinity War
  • Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther
  • Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, & Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Jungmi Oh & Chang-dong Lee, Burning
  • Jessica Sharzer, A Simple Favor
  • Rodney Rothman & Phil Lord, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, & Will Fetters, A Star is Born

Best Original Screenplay:

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  • Drew Goddard, Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade
  • Paul Schrader, First Reformed
  • Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie & Peter Farrelly, Green Book
  • Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, & John Krasinski, A Quiet Place
  • Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian, Searching
  • Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You

Best Cameo:

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  • Jeff Goldblum, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Stan Lee, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • Stan Lee, Teen Titans Go! to the Movies
  • Ross Marquand, Avengers: Infinity War
  • Brad Pitt, Deadpool 2
  • Ray Park and Sam Witwer, Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • X-Men, Deadpool 2 

Best Animated Feature:

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  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mary and the Witch’s Flower
  • Mirai
  • The Night is Short, Walk On Girl
  • Ralph Breaks The Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Best Comic Book Movie:

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  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Aquaman
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • Deadpool 2
  • Incredibles 2
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Best Sequel:

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  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Creed II
  • Halloween
  • Incredibles 2
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Paddington 2
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

Best Remake/Reboot:

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  • Bumblebee
  • Christopher Robin
  • The Predator
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • A Star is Born
  • Suspiria
  • Venom

Best Cinematography:

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  • Annihilation
  • Black Panther
  • The Favourite
  • First Man
  • Hereditary
  • Roma
  • A Star is Born

Best Film Editing:

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  • American Animals
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Green Book
  • Roma
  • Searching
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Best Production Design:

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  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Favourite
  • Hereditary

Best Original Score:

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  • Alan Silvestri, Avengers: Infinity War
  • Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther
  • Ludwig Göransson, Creed II
  • Justin Hurwitz, First Man
  • Nicholas Brittell, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place
  • John Powell, Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Original Song:

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  • “All the Stars,” Black Panther
  • “Is That Alright?” A Star is Born
  • “Maybe It’s Time,” A Star is Born
  • “Shallow,” A Star is Born
  • “Sunflower,” Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • “Suspirium,” Suspiria
  • “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Best Costume Design:

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  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
  • The Favourite
  • Mary Poppins Returns

Best Hair & Makeup:

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  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Black Panther
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Destroyer
  • The Favourite
  • Suspiria
  • Vice

Best Sound Design:

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • First Man
  • Halloween
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • A Quiet Place
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • A Star is Born

Best Visual Effects:

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  • Annihilation
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • First Man
  • Paddington 2
  • Ready Player One
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Stunts:

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  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Black Panther
  • Creed II
  • Hotel Artemis
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • The Night Comes For Us
  • Skyscraper 

Best Ensemble:

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  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Black Panther
  • Blindspotting
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Best Soundtrack:

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  • Black Panther
  • Blindspotting
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Creed II
  • Ready Player One
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • A Star is Born

Best Post-Credits Scene:

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  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • Deadpool 2
  • Paddington 2
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
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The Oscars 2019: My Picks

The Oscars 2019: My Picks

I. Best Picture:

  • Black Panther – Will Win
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody 
  • The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Green Book
  • Roma
  • A Star Is Born – Should Win
  • Vice

Winner: Green Book

II. Best Actor:

  • Christian Bale, Vice – Dark Horse
  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born 
  • Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody – Will/Should Win
  • Viggo Mortenson, Green Book

Winner: Rami Malek

III. Best Actress:

  • Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
  • Glenn Close, The Wife – Will Win
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born – Should Win
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Winner: Glenn Close

IV. Best Supporting Actor:

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book – Will/Should Win Win
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman – Dark Horse
  • Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell, Vice

Winner: Mahershalla Ali

V. Best Supporting Actress:

  • Amy Adams, Vice
  • Marina de Tavira, Roma
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk – Will/Should Win
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite – Dark Horse

Winner: Regina King

VI. Best Director:

  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman – Should Win 
  • Paweł Pawlikowski, Cold War
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma – Will Win
  • Adam McKay, Vice

Winner: Alfonso Cuarón

VII. Best Animated Feature:

  • Incredibles 2 – Dark Horse
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirari
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – Will/Should Win

Winner: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

VIII. Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Joel and Ethan Coen, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Should Win
  • Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman – Will Win
  • Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk – Dark Horse
  • Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, A Star is Born

Winner: BlacKkKlansman

IX. Best Original Screenplay:

  • Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite – Will Win
  • Paul Schrader, First Reformed
  • Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, and Peter Farrelly, Green Book – Should/Dark Horse
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Adam McKay, Vice

Winner: Green Book

X. Best Cinematography:

  • Łukasz Żal, Cold War
  • Robbie Ryan, The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Caleb Deschanel, Never Look Away
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma – Will Win
  • Matthew Libatique, A Star is Born – Should Win

Winner: Roma

XI. Best Film Editing:

  • Barry Alexander Brown, BlacKkKlansman
  • John Ottman, Bohemian Rhapsody – Will/Should Win
  • Yorgos Mavropsaridis, The Favourite
  • Patrick J. Don Vito, Green Book
  • Hank Corwin, Vice – Dark Horse

Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody

XII. Best Production Design:

  • Hannah Beachler & Jay Hart, Black Panther – Will/Should Win
  • Fiona Crombie & Alice Felton, The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Nathan Crowley & Kathy Lucas, First Man
  • John Myhre & Gordon Sim, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Eugenio Caballero & Bárbara Enrı́quez, Roma

Winner: Black Panther

XIII. Best Original Score:

  • Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther – Will/Should Win
  • Terence Blanchard, BlacKkKlansman
  • Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk – Dark Horse
  • Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
  • Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Winner: Black Panther

XIV. Best Original Song:

  • “All the Stars,” Black Panther – Dark Horse
  • “I’ll Fight,” RBG
  • “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Mary Poppins Returns
  • “Shallow,” A Star is Born – Will/Should Win
  • “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings,” The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Winner: Shallow

XV. Best Costume Design:

  • Maty Zophres, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Should Win
  • Ruth E. Carter, Black Panther – Will Win
  • Sandy Powell, The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Sandy Powell, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Alexandra Byrne, Mary Queen of Scots

Winner: Black Panther

XVI. Best Hair & Makeup:

  • Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer, Border
  • Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, and Jessica Brooks, Mary Queen of Scots
  • Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney, Vice – Will/Should Win

Winner: Vice

XVII. Best Sound Editing:

  • Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker, Black Panther
  • John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone, Bohemian Rhapsody – Dark Horse
  • Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan, First Man
  • Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl, A Quiet Place – Will/Should Win
  • Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay, Roma

Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody

XVIII. Best Sound Mixing:

  • Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor and Peter Devlin, Black Panther
  • Paul Massey, Tim Cavagin and John Casali, Bohemian Rhapsody – Will Win
  • Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis, First Man
  • Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and José Antonio García, Roma
  • Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow, A Star is Born – Dark Horse

Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody

XVIX. Best Visual Effects:

  • Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl, and Dan Sudick, Avengers: Infinity War – Will/Should Win
  • Chris Lawrence, Michael Eames, Theo Jones, & Chris Corbould, Christopher Robin
  • Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles, and J. D. Schwalm, First Man
  • Roger Guyett, Grady Cofer, Matthew E. Butler, & David Shirk, Ready Player One
  • Rob Bredow, Pat Tubach, Neal Scanlan, & Dominic Tuohy, Solo: A Star Wars Story

Winner: First Man

XX. Best Foreign Language Film

  • Capernaum (Lebanon)
  • Cold War (Poland) – Dark Horse
  • Never Look Away (Germany)
  • Roma (Mexico) – Will Win
  • Shoplifters (Japan) – Should Win

Winner: Roma

XXI. Best Documentary Feature

  • Free Solo – Will Win
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • Minding The Gap – Should Win
  • Of Fathers and Sons
  • RBG – Dark Horse

Winner: Free Solo

XXII. Best Animated Short

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Bao – Will/Should Win
  • Late Afternoon
  • One Small Step
  • Weekends

Winner: Bao

XXIII. Best Live Action Short

  • Detainment – Will/Should Win
  • Fauve
  • Marguerite
  • Mother
  • Skin

Winner: Skin

XXIV. Best Documentary Short

  • Black Sheep – Will/Should Win
  • End Game – Dark Horse
  • Lifeboat
  • A Night in the Garden
  • Period. End of Sentence.

Winner: Period. End of Sentence.

My Score: 17/24

Multiplex Entertainment Presents: Fandom Awards 2019

Multiplex Entertainment is a YouTube channel dedicated to making quality shows in the vein of the Movie Trivia Schmoedown, as well as none-trivia related content. Fandom Fight, the premier show of Multiplex, is an expanded Innergeekdom trivia league tailored to more geek and largely followed franchises. The show combines theatrics and storylines with legitimate knowledge and game skills to bring a unique experience. Now, Fandom presents their year end awards for the players, personalities and matches who stood above the rest this season. The Fandom Awards will be broadcast on January 5th, 2019, on Multiplex Entertainment’s YouTube Channel and hosted by Kaleb Koho and Cain McMillan.

Overall Player of the Year:

  • Kees Cornelisse
  • Paul Oyama
  • Robert Parker
  • Dominic Rizzi
  • Lucas Schildbach

Singles Player of the Year:

  • Kees Cornelisse
  • Jen Kempe
  • Robert Parker
  • Dominic Rizzi
  • Alex Worden

Team of the Year:

  • Arkham Knights
  • Kings of Winter
  • Nuclear Option
  • Silver Shamrocks
  • The Usual Suspects

Face of the Year:

  • Jeremy Adams
  • Jen Kempe
  • Robert Parker
  • Nico Suave Regoli
  • Dominic Rizzi
  • Sandy Robinson

Heel of the Year:

  • Jim Green
  • Kaleb Koho
  • Cody Newberry
  • Paul Oyama
  • Ryan Permison
  • Lucas Schildbach

Face Team of the Year:

  • Arkham Knights
  • Arrowverse Champions
  • Ranger Force
  • Team 80’s
  • The Usual Suspects

Heel Team of the Year:

  • Kings of Winter
  • Knights of Hydra
  • Nuclear Option
  • Pat Out of Hell
  • Silver Shamrocks

Rookie of the Year:

  • Tim Brzakala
  • Kees Cornelisse
  • Chris Dohmen
  • Jen Kempe
  • Dominic Rizzi
  • Sandy Robinson
  • Lucas Schildbach

Manager of the Year:

  • Jeremy Adams
  • Michael Campbell
  • Cody Newberry
  • Ryan Permison
  • Nico Suave Regoli

Surprise Player of the Year:

  • Tim Brzakala
  • Eli McCaig
  • Kaleb Koho
  • Paul Oyama
  • Lucas Schildbach

Singles Match of the Year:

  • Alex Worden vs Jim Green
  • Alex Worden vs Kaleb Koho vs Eli McCaig
  • Cain McMillan vs Jeremy Adams vs JD West vs Matthew Rosa
  • Jim Green vs Nico Suave Regoli
  • Kaleb Koho vs Eli McCaig
  • Kees Corneliise vs Dominic Rizzi vs Jen Kempe
  • Robert Parker vs Kees Cornelisse

Team Match of the Year:

  • Arkham Knights vs Knights of Hydra
  • Arkham Knights vs Nuclear Option vs Silver Shamrocks
  • Kings of Winter vs Team 80’s
  • Nuclear Option vs Silver Shamrocks
  • Ranger Force vs The Odd Couple
  • Siver Shamrocks vs Usual Suspects
  • The Usual Suspects vs The Odd Couple

Entrance Song of the Year:

  • “Go The Distance,” Nico Suave Regoli
  • “Happy Halloween,” Silver Shamrocks
  • “Immigrant’s Song,” Cain McMillan
  • “The Show Must Go On,” Eli McCaig
  • “Victorious,” Kaleb Koho

Promo of the Year:

  • Kaleb Koho – Alex Worden vs Kaleb Koho vs Eli McCaig
  • Kings of Winter – Kings of Winter vs Team 80’s
  • Cody Newberry – Arkham Knights vs Smartacus
  • Silver Shamrocks – Arkham Knights vs Nuclear Option vs Silver Shamrocks
  • Silver Shamrocks – Killer Nerd Squad vs Silver Shamrocks

 

Schmoedown Awards 2018-19: My Picks

The nominees have been officially announced and here are my predictions for who will win, as well as a dark horse pick and my own personal choice.

I. Singles Entrance of the Year

  • William Bibbiani vs Jeff Sneider (Clue) – Will/Should Win
  • William Bibbiani vs Marc Andreyko (MST3K)
  • Brianne Chandler at Free4All 2 (Buffy)
  • Andrew Ghai as Free4All 2 (as Dan Murrell) – Dark Horse
  • Jeannine The Machine vs Ben Bateman (Misty Knight)

Winner: Andrew Ghai

II. Teams Entrance of the Year

  • Critically Acclaimed & MODOK (Bill & Ted)
  • Self-Righteous Brothers & Take the Cannoli (Hellraiser & Logan) – Should Win
  • Shirewolves vs Sick in the Head (Thor: Ragnarok) – Dark Horse
  • Shirewolves vs Who’s The Boss (Girls Run The World) – Will Win
  • Wait, I Know This vs Founding Fathers (Jurassic Park)

Winner: The Shirewolves (Thor: Ragnarok)

III. Innergeekdom/Star Wars Player of the Year

  • Rachel Cushing
  • Alex Damon – Dark Horse
  • Jason Inman – Will Win
  • Mike Kalinowski – Should Win
  • Mark Donica

Winner: Alex Damon

IV. Upset of the Year

  • Marc Andreyko vs Ethan Erwin – Dark Horse
  • Ben Bateman vs Lon Harris
  • Emma Fyffe wins the Commissioner Bowl
  • Andrew Ghai vs Mark Reilly
  • Harris Bros vs Take The Cannoli
  • Adam Hlavac vs Hector Navarro
  • Mara Knopic vs Rachel Cushing
  • KOrruption vs Founding Fatyjer
  • Andrew Ghai vs Dan Murrell – Will/Should Win
  • World’s Finest vs Trek

Winner: Andrew Ghai vs Dan Murrell

V. Podcast/Aftershow of the Year

  • Dedicated to Art
  • Late to the Party – Dark Horse
  • Schmoedown Central
  • Schmoedown Rundown – Will Win
  • Take 3 Productions – Should Win

Winner: Schmoedown Rundown

VI. Manager of the Year

  • Finstock – Dark Horse
  • Emma Fyffe – Will/Should Win
  • Ken Napzok
  • Roxy Striar
  • Jay Washington

Winner: Emma Fyffe

VII. Babyface Team of the Year

  • Above The Line – Dark Horse
  • Founding Fathers
  • Shirewolves – Will/Should Win
  • Take The Cannoli
  • The Wildberries

Winner: Shirewolves

VIII. Heel Team of the Year

  • The Harris Bros – Dark Horse
  • The Kingsmen
  • KOrruption – Should Win
  • The Patriots
  • Team Action – Will Win

Winner: Team Action

IX. Babyface of the Year

  • Rachel Cushing – Dark Horse
  • Samm Levine – Should Win
  • Mark Reilly
  • John Rocha
  • Clarke Wolfe – Will Win

Winner: Clarke Wolfe

X. Heel of the Year

  • Ben Bateman
  • Finstock
  • Andrew Ghai – Will/Should Win
  • Lon Harris
  • Mike Kalinowski – Dark Horse

Winner: Andrew Ghai

XI. Rookie Team of the Year

  • The Harris Bros
  • KOrruption
  • Scream Queens
  • Shirewolves – Will/Should Win
  • Who’s The Boss – Dark Horse

Winner: Shirewolves

XII. Rookie of the Year

  • Mark Donica
  • Chance Ellison – Should Win (Biased)
  • Ethan Erwin – Will Win
  • Eric Zipper
  • Jeannine The Machine – Dark Horse

Winner: Ethan Erwin

XIII. Comeback Player of the Year

  • Marc Andreyko – Dark Horse
  • William Bibbiani – Will Win
  • Mike Kalinowski – Should Win
  • Dan Murrell
  • Clarke Wolfe

Winner: William Bibbiani

XIV. Moment of the Year

  • Andrew Ghai Tackles Ben Bateman – Should Win
  • Andrew Ghai’s Entrance at Free4All 2 – Dark Horse
  • The 5 Horsemen Revealed – Will Win
  • Samm Levine Becomes Double Champion
  • Shirewolves “We Are The League”

Winner: The 5 Horsemen Revealed

XV. Match of the Year

  • Above The Line vs Patriots II
  • Clarke Wolfe vs Samm Levine
  • Ethan Erwin vs Clarke Wolfe
  • Lon Harris vs Ethan Erwin
  • Mara Knopic vs Rachel Cushing – Dark Horse
  • KOrruption vs Founding Fathers
  • Take the Cannoli vs Self-Righteous Brothers
  • Top 10 vs Top That
  • Who’s The Boss vs Shirewolves
  • William Bibbiani vs John Rocha – Will/Should Win

Winner: Mara Knopic vs Rachel Cushing

XVI. Team of the Year

  • Above The Line – Dark Horse
  • Critically Acclaimed
  • The Harris Bros
  • The Shirewolves – Will/Should Win
  • Who’s The Boss

Winner: Shirewolves

XVII. Singles Player of the Year

  • William Bibbiani
  • Ethan Erwin – Will Win
  • Samm Levine
  • John Rocha – Should Win
  • Clarke Wolfe – Dark Horse

Winner: Ethan Erwin

XVIII. Overall Player of the Year

  • Ben Bateman
  • Rachel Cushing – Will/Should Win
  • Ethan Erwin – Dark Horse
  • Samm Levine
  • Clarke Wolfe

Winner: Samm Levine

Total: 14/18

Critic’s Choice Awards 2018-19: My Picks

I. Best Picture

  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • First Man
  • Green Book 
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Roma – Will Win
  • A Star Is Born – Should Win
  • Vice

Winner: Roma

II. Best Actor

  • Christian Bale, Vice – Dark Horse
  • Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born – Will Win
  • Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
  • Ryan Gosling, First Man
  • Ethan Hawke, First Reformed
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody – Should Win
  • Viggo Mortensen, Green Book 

Winner: Christian Bale, Vice

III. Best Actress

  • Yalitza Aparicio, Roma 
  • Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Toni Collette, Hereditary
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite 
  • Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born – Will/Should Win
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Dark Horse

Winner: Glenn Close, The Favourite & Lady Gaga, A Star is Born (tie)

IV. Best Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book – Will Win
  • Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman – Should Win
  • Sam Elliott, A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther – Dark Horse

Winner: Mahershalla Ali, Green Book

V. Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams, Vice
  • Claire Foy, First Man
  • Nicole Kidman, Boy Erased
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk – Will Win
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite – Should Win
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite – Dark Horse

Winner: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

VI. Best Young Actor/Actress

  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade – Will/Should Win
  • Thomasin McKenzie, Leave No Trace
  • Ed Oxenbould, Wildlife
  • Millicent Simmonds, A Quiet Place
  • Amandla Stenberg, The Hate U Give
  • Sunny Suljic, Mid90s – Dark Horse

Winner: Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

VII. Best Acting Ensemble

  • Black Panther – Should Win
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Favourite – Will Win
  • Vice – Dark Horse
  • Widows

Winner: The Favourite

VIII. Best Director

  • Damien Chazelle, First Man
  • Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born – Should Win
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma – Will Win
  • Peter Farrelly, Green Book
  • Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay, Vice

Winner: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

IX. Best Original Screenplay

  • Bo Burnham, Eighth Grade – Should Win
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Adam McKay, Vice 
  • Paul Schrader, First Reformed
  • Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly, Green Book – Will Win
  • Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, John Krasinski, A Quiet Place

Winner: First Reformed

X. Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther – Should Win/Dark Horse
  • Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters, A Star Is Born
  • Josh Singer, First Man
  • Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman – Will Win

Winner: If Beale Street Could Talk

XI. Best Cinematography

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma – Will Win
  • James Laxton, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Matthew Libatique, A Star Is Born
  • Rachel Morrison, Black Panther – Dark Horse
  • Robbie Ryan, The Favourite
  • Linus Sandgren, First Man – Should Win

Winner: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

XII. Best Production Design

  • Hannah Beachler, Jay Hart, Black Panther – Will/Should Win
  • Eugenio Caballero, Barbara Enriquez, Roma
  • Nelson Coates, Andrew Baseman, Crazy Rich Asians
  • Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton, The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas, First Man
  • John Myhre, Gordon Sim, Mary Poppins Returns

Winner: Black Panther

XIII. Best Editing

  • Jay Cassidy, A Star Is Born – Should Win
  • Hank Corwin, Vice
  • Tom Cross, First Man – Will Win
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough, Roma
  • Yorgos Mavropsaridis, The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Joe Walker, Widows

Winner: First Man

XIV. Best Costume Design

  • Alexandra Byrne, Mary Queen of Scots
  • Ruth Carter, Black Panther – Dark Horse
  • Julian Day, Bohemian Rhapsody – Should Win
  • Sandy Powell, The Favourite – Will Win
  • Sandy Powell, Mary Poppins Returns

Winner: Black Panther

XV. Best Hair & Makeup

  • Black Panther – Dark Horse
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Should Win
  • The Favourite
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Suspiria
  • Vice – Will Win

Winner: Vice

XVI. Best Visual Effects

  • Avengers: Infinity War – Will/Should Win
  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout
  • Ready Player One – Dark Horse

Winner: Black Panther

XVII. Best Animated Feature

  • The Grinch
  • Incredibles 2 – Dark Horse
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Will/Should Win

Winner: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

XVIII. Best Action Movie

  • Avengers: Infinity War – Will/Should Win
  • Black Panther
  • Deadpool 2
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Dark Horse
  • Ready Player One
  • Widows

Winner: Mission: Impossible – Fallout

XVIV. Best Comedy

  • Crazy Rich Asians – Will Win
  • Deadpool 2 – Dark Horse
  • The Death of Stalin
  • The Favourite
  • Game Night – Should Win
  • Sorry to Bother You

Winner: Crazy Rich Asians

XX. Best Actor in a Comedy

  • Christian Bale, Vice – Will/Should Win
  • Jason Bateman, Game Night
  • Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
  • John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie
  • Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2 – Dark Horse
  • Lakeith Stanfield, Sorry to Bother You

Winner: Christian Bale, Vice

XXI. Best Actress in a Comedy

  • Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns – Dark Horse
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite – Will Win
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade – Should Win
  • Rachel McAdams, Game Night
  • Charlize Theron, Tully
  • Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Winner: Olivia Colman, The Favourite

XXII. Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie

  • Annihilation
  • Halloween – Should Win
  • Hereditary – Dark Horse
  • A Quiet Place – Will Win
  • Suspiria

Winner: A Quiet Place

XXIII. Best Foreign Film

  • Burning
  • Capernaum
  • Cold War – Dark Horse
  • Roma – Will/Should Win
  • Shoplifters

Winner: Roma

XXIV. Best Song

  • “All the Stars,” Kendrick Lamar & SZA (Black Panther) – Dark Horse
  • “Girl in the Movies,” Dolly Parton (Dumplin’)
  • “I’ll Fight,” Jennifer Hudson (RBG)
  • “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns)
  • “Shallow,” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) – Will Win
  • “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns) – Should Win

Winner: Shallow

XXV. Best Score

  • Kris Bowers, Green Book
  • Nicholas Britell, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
  • Ludwig Göransson, Black Panthern- Should Win
  • Justin Hurwitz, First Man – Will Win
  • Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Winner: Justin Hurwitz, First Man

Score: 19/25

 

Golden Globes 2018-19: My Picks

With the Golden Globe nominees out, it’s time to make my predictions! Check back on January 6th to see how I did!

I. Best Picture – Drama

  • Black Panther – Dark Horse
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • A Star Is Born – Will/Should Win

Winner: Bohemian Rhapsody

II. Best Actress – Drama

  • Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Lady Gaga, A Star is Born – Will/Should Win
  • Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me? – Dark Horse
  • Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Winner: Glenn Close, The Wife

III. Best Actor – Drama

  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born – Should Win
  • Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
  • Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased – Dark Horse
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody – Will Win
  • John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Winner: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody 

IV. Best Picture – Comedy or Musical

  • Crazy Rich Asians 
  • The Favourite – Dark Horse
  • Green Book – Will/Should Win
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Vice

Winner: Green Book

V. Best Actress – Comedy or Musical

  • Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns – Dark Horse
  • Olivia Coleman, The Favourite – Will Win
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade – Should Win
  • Charlize Theron, Tully
  • Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Winner: Olivia Coleman, The Favourite

VI. Best Actor – Comedy or Musical

  • Christian Bale, Vice – Will Win
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Viggo Mortenson, Green Book – Dark Horse
  • Robert Redford, The Old Man & The Gun – Should Win
  • John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

Winner: Christian Bale, Vice

VII. Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams, Vice – Will Win
  • Claire Foy, First Man
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk – Dark Horse
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite – Should Win
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Winner: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

VIII. Best Supporting Actor

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book – Will Win
  • Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman – Should Win
  • Richard E, Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell, Vice – Dark Horse

Winner: Mahershala Ali, Green Book

IX. Best Animated Feature

  • Incredibles 2 – Dark Horse
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Will/Should Win

Winner: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

X. Best Foreign Language

  • Capernaum
  • Girl
  • Never Look Away
  • Roma – Will/Should Win
  • Shoplifters – Dark Horse

Winner: Roma

XI. Best Director

  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born – Will/Should Win
  • Alfonso Cuaron, Roma – Dark Horse
  • Peter Farrelly, Green Book
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay, Vice

Winner: Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

XII. Best Screenplay

  • Alfonso Cuaron, Roma
  • Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk – Will/Should Win
  • Adam McKay, Vice
  • Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, & Brian Currie, Green Book – Dark Horse

Winner: Green Book

XIII. Best Original Score

  • Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place
  • Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
  • Ludwig Goransson, Black Panther – Will/Should Win
  • Justin Hurwitz, First Man – Dark Horse
  • Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Winner: Justin Hurwitz, First Man

XIV. Best Original Song

  • “All the Stars,” Black Panther –Dark Horse
  • “Girl in the Movies,” Dumplin’
  • “Requiem for A Private War,” A Private War
  • “Revelation,” Boy Erased
  • “Shallow,” A Star is Born – Will/Should Win

Winner: Shallow

Score: 8/14

 

Schmoedown Awards 2018, Vol. 1: A Comprehensive Breakdown of the Field and Early Predictions

The Movie Trivia Schmoedown awards are only a few months away, which means it’s time for rampant speculations and early predictions. In this megasized article. I’m going to undertake the daunting feat of breaking down and analyzing every category race in the MTS awards, starting with…

Singles Entrance of the Year

There a few candidates that have their names in the pool of discussion for this award this year. However, the largest name in this arena this year has been the former singles champion: William “The Beast” Bibbiani. I think he’s got a few entrances that are worthy of a nomination, including his “Clue” entrance against Jeff Sneider and his “MST3K” entrance against Marc Andreyko. Bibbiani is definitely my front runner in this award, however, if he gets double-nominated in this award, he could split the vote and that could give any of these subsequent picks the win. Brianne Chandler is the undisputed queen of entrances and her “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” entrance in the Free4All. Stacy Howard’s “Clueless” entrance against Josh Macuga could land a nomination, as well, which would be interesting to see the former team of Six Degrees vying for the same award. I also think John Rocha has an outside shot for his live event entrance against JTE, just for his energy alone.

  1. William Bibbiani – “Clue” vs Jeff Sneider
  2. Brianne Chandler – “Buffy” in Free4All 2
  3. William Bibbiani – “MST3K” vs Marc Andreyko
  4. Stacy Howard – “Clueless” vs Josh Macuga
  5. John Rocha – “Live Event” vs JTE

Teams Entrance of the Year

This field is very wide open. Thanks to the Anarchy tournament, we’ve gotten great new teams with interesting, new dynamics and sensibilities, which has led several teams to make some outstanding entrances. I’m certain the locks are the Self-Righteous Brothers (Hellraiser) and Take the Cannoli (Logan) for their match against each other. Wait, I Know This has to be a lock for their “Jurassic Park” entrance against the Founding Fathers. I think my duel dark horses are The Reel Rejects (Fergie) and The Wildberries (WILDBERRIES!) in their live event match against each other. It’s very wide open, but I’m going to lean towards Wait, I Know This to take home the award.

  1. Wait, I Know This – “Jurassic Park” vs Founding Fathers
  2. Self-Righteous Brothers – “Hellraiser” vs Take the Cannoli
  3. The Wildberries – “WILDBERRIES” vs The Reel Rejects
  4. Take the Cannoli – “Logan” vs Self-Righteous Brothers
  5. The Reel Rejects – “Fergie” vs The Wildberries

Innergeekdom/Star Wars Player of the Year

This category isn’t necessarily difficult to predict, but it’s a little odd. It’s hard to give Alex Damon the award when he’s only had the opportunity to show his dominance in two matches, especially when his immediate competition is “The Amazing” Mara Knopic, who has had the most impressive, dominate run in the Innergeekdom division. While both champs are guaranteed noms, the award is Mara’s to lose.

Former champion Jason Inman is another player I believe is a lock for a nomination, along with the KOrupption-breathing IG monster himself: Mike Kalinowski. If comeback player of the year had an Innergeekdom category, Kalinowski would win it. His performance in the Innergeekdom tournament was seriously impressive. He took Mara to the wire in the finals. He, in my mind, is a definite lock for a nomination, especially if he performs well in his Spectacular III title match.

The dark-horse fifth nominee for me has gotta be either Ken Napzok or Rachel Cushing. Depending on his performance in the Star Wars championship match at the Spectacular, he could lock himself in for a nomination. However, Rachel’s Innergeekdom run up to her unbelievable performance in the semi-finals against Mara Knopic is what makes her the fifth nominee, in my opinion.

  1. Mara Knopic
  2. Alex Damon
  3. Mike Kalinowski
  4. Jason Inman
  5. Rachel Cushing

Manager of the Year

This race was very one-sided all year long until the Anarchy tournament. Emma Fyffe is a lock for a nomination and, until the Spectacular, a win. She led Clarke Wolfe, Rachel Cushing, and Marc Andreyko to singles title performances, as well as coaching The Shirewolves to a teams title win. However, losing Sam Witwer his title via KOrupption is a mark on her record. After the Collision, I would’ve laughed you out of the building of you said Tom Dagnino (GO GUCCI) would still be in contention for this award. But the success of Whose The Boss has elevated him back into the fold. If Whose The Boss beats The Harris Bros and The Shirewolves to get the belt, then Dagnino has obtained the award again. As for other nominees, Ken Napzok is a solid third-place finisher for his work with Kalinowski and Chance Ellison. Jay Washington will definitely land a nom. The fifth spot is a little ticker to predict, but I’m in the camp of Markeia McCarty. Her bubbly personality and motivating spirit definitely helped Take the Cannoli beat Self-Righteous Brothers. I’m giving her my dark horse pick.

  1. Emma Fyffe
  2. Tom Dagnino
  3. Ken Napzok
  4. Jay Washington
  5. Markeia McCarty

Upset of the Year

This award usually has one clear frontrunner and that remains true this year. Andrew Ghai beating Dan Murrell is THE upset of the year. I don’t think anyone had that in their Collider Collision II predictions. As for the other nominees, I think KOrupption over Founding Fathers, The Harris Bros over The Odd Couple, William Bibbiani over Jeff Sneider, & Mara Knopic over Coy Jandreau. Jandreau was the favorite over an untested Knopic, however, hindsight tells otherwise. That is my dark horse pick.

  1. Andrew Ghai over Dan Murrell
  2. KOrupption over Founding Fathers
  3. William Bibbiani over Jeff Sneider
  4. The Harris Bros over The Odd Couple
  5. Mara Knopic over Coy Jandreau

Babyface Team of the Year

This category is the first one here so far that is harder to predict. My frontrunner is The Shirewolves. Clarke and Rachel are amazing and their performance as a team is undeniable. There is no better definition of face then The Shirewolves. Above The Line is definitely going to be nominated, however, I’m not sure they will win due to Levine’s retirement. A 3-0 record for the season, including a title win and defense, is hard to deny an award to, but I do think the premature retirement will marr their awards chances. The Wildberries walk the line of heel and face as personas, but they’re so delightful that I can’t consider them heels. Macuga and Dewberry are outstanding entertainment that never disappoint. As for my final two spots, I will hand my dark horse picks to The World’s Finest and Founding Fathers. World’s Finest had an impressive run to a contender’s match and the Fathers played two dominate matches, despite one being a loss.

  1. The Shirewolves
  2. Above The Line
  3. The Wildberries
  4. The World’s Finest
  5. Founding Fathers

Heel Team of the Year

This one is harder to gauge. I don’t think a single heel team has had a much success and difficult of a run than KOrupption. On the other hand, Team Action is the definition of heel team. While they didn’t get much time to heel about, Action used both of their matches to prove why they’re top heels. It’s a toss-up for me, but I’m going to lean slightly towards KOrupption. The other two teams to watch are The Harris Bros, whose condescending attitude definitely qualifies them as heel, though I can’t make them frontrunners until they win the tournament, and The Patriots, who, while they did go 1-2 this season, definitely played the heels. My final dark horse pick is Kinda Funny. Nick Scarpino & Greg Miller were dominant in their match AND Greg Miller definitely lived it up as a heel. They’re my dark horse picks in this category.

  1. KOrupption
  2. Team Action
  3. Kinda Funny
  4. The Harris Bros
  5. The Patriots

Babyface of the Year

Mara Knopic has to be a lock in this award. She is so delightful and nice, but also an absolute beast in the Innergeekdom. Not to mention, she was so nice she even played through pain and sympathized with her ill opponent on the other side of the table. She deserves the nomination hands down.

Rachel Cushing is another player that deserves this award for many of the same qualities as Mara, but also for triple threat ability. She has demonstrated strong performances in all three divisions that she participates, won a championship in one, challenged for a title in another, and barely lost in sudden death in IG. She’s a strong choice for this award.

Clarke Wolfe also has to be in consideration for this award. While she, like her partner, is 1-1 (with one title loss) in singles this season, she also has the Ultimate Schmoedown tournament to go. On top of that, Clarke made a 4-0 run to become a team champion with The Shirewolves. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if we see everyone’s favorite classy champ in this category.

Marc Andreyko made the definitive switch over face (or has deems himself a “reformed heel”) at the end of last year’s Schmoedown Spectacular. This season, he’s done much better for himself, making an impressive singles run of 3-1, playing for the title and losing to William Bibbiani. Andreyko has another opportunity to show what can do here in the singles tournament, which only make this Fyffe Club poster boy a lock for a nomination.

Josh Macuga should always be in contention for this award. He may not be the best trivia player, but the man has style, charisma, and, most importantly, knows how to sell t-shirts. Despite being 0-2 in singles this season and 2-1 in teams, Macugs always entertains and brings the fun, making him my dark horse pick for this award.

  1. Rachel Cushing
  2. Mara Knopic
  3. Clarke Wolfe
  4. Marc Andreyko
  5. Josh Macuga

 

Heel of the Year

Andrew Ghai has to be a lock for this award. He is the definition of heel, ranging from his Free4All entrance, his performance against Murrell & Reilly and the Champ’s Lunch fiasco has Ghai being the frontrunner of HOTY.

Tom Dagnino will never not be in contention for this award. This season his devious antics destroyed the Lion’s Den and he manages to rattle every single team Whose The Boss plays. Dagnino is a lock for nom.

Mike Kalinowski is the biggest heel this season. From KOruppton to Anarchy to whatever the hell is in those envelopes and whoever he’s on the phone with, Mike is definitely a lock for a nom in this category.

Ben Bateman has to get a nomination here as well. Both halves of Action have played phenomenally and Bateman’s singles play and teams run, plus his persona entirely, makes him an easy pick for a nomination.

Lon Harris isn’t someone everyone instantly sees as heel, but that condescending attitude makes it impossible to not mark him down as heel. Lon is a name we’ll see constantly on awards night due to his incredible performances in singles and teams, and this category is no exception.

  1. Andrew Ghai
  2. Mike Kalinowski
  3. Ben Bateman
  4. Tom Dagnino
  5. Lon Harris

The Yodi Award

This one is the hardest to predict because I don’t know what the criteria is. If my understanding is correct, it has to be a retired player who had a big impact on the Schmoedown. That would disqualify Dan Murrell & John Rocha from this award’s contention. However, I think the obvious choice is Samm Levine. I don’t really need to stat my case. Levine was the first person to hold both singles and titles belts simultaneously, he was apart of the team that killed The Patriots, and he defended the singles title twice from Rachel Cushing AND Clarke Wolfe. I think other contenders for this award are the long overdue inductions of Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis. I also think Jon Schnepp could get a posthumous induction, which would be a sweet tribute to the King of the Sweaties.

  1. Samm Levine
  2. Kristian Harloff
  3. Mark Ellis
  4. Jon Schnepp

Celebrity Match of the Year:

There haven’t been that many celebrity matches to choose from thus far. In fact, we’ve only had two. That really makes this a bit difficult for me to predict a winner. It’s a 50/50 chance of which one wins. In terms of entertainment value, I lean Rocha v Wolff. But for the sentimentality of it being Schnepp’s final Schmoedown, I gotta give the slight edge to the Ash vs Evil Dead match.

  1. Ash vs Evil Dead
  2. John Rocha vs Alex Wolff

Team Rookie of the Year

With this award, it all comes down to who wins the Anarchy tournament and what happens at Spectacular III. My personal choice is out of the running as KOrupption fell to Whose The Boss, who is now a frontrunner in my eyes. It’s hard to call so I’m going to have to use predictive measures and say that Whose The Boss beats The Harris Bros, but falls to The Shirewolves, who I believe are the frontrunners for the award. Their performance as a new team has been solid, defeating The Lion’s Den (Tom Dagnino + Ken Napzok) in a storyline match that ended up being super close, Team Action, a team that contended with Above The Line to for the chance to play The Patriots, The World’s Finest, a team that should also be in consideration for this award, and Sick in the Head to get the belts. If they defend at the Spectacular from either the killer combo of former opponent Ben Bateman and former teammate Mark Reilly or the underrated combo of Lon and Jon Harris, they will be locks for this award.

  1. The Shirewolves
  2. Whose The Boss?
  3. The Harris Bros
  4. KOrupption
  5. The World’s Finest

Singles Rookie of the Year

Now this is one of the categories that is hotly contested this season. I think that the first round of the Ultimate Schmoedown tournament is where a lot of questions get answered as to who will be the frontrunner from the singles division. And while my bias may get the best of me here, as I have played the man in question, I’m putting my money of Chance Ellison. He and Mike made a solid run in the Anarchy tournament, taking down teams Inky and the Brain and the Founding Fathers of John Rocha and Dan Murrell. I this tournament, Chance has the chance, pun fully intended, to make a name for himself and go on a run, facing either Stacy Howard or Dan Murrell, and possibly playing the likes of Lon Harris, Ben Bateman, Clarke Wolfe, Drew McWeeny, or Marc Andreyko. If he can do all that, and then strip Rocha of his belt, Chance is a lock for ROTY. Chance’s first round matchup with Ethan Erwin is going to be not only a great match, but where we see Ethan make his final stand for the ROTY award.

Ethan had a strong 3-0 start, defeating the likes of Yolando Machado, Lon Harris, and Drew McWeeny, before playing and falling to Marc Andreyko in a final question, #1 contenders match.  Anarchy didn’t favor him so much either, as he & his partner Sabina Graves (Franchise Force) fell in the first round to the Cinemaniacs of William Bibbiani and Matt Knost. This is Ethan’s last stand to keep in first place for the award. If he can defeat “The Kid” and either Dan Murrell or Stacy Howard and even maybe win the whole tournament and face Rocha, he will lock it in.

While those two are directly competing for the award, he can’t forget the other players. Mara Knopic could sneak up on everybody and swipe the award with the impressive title run she had in the Innergeekdom, taking down Coy Jandreau, Emma Fyffe, Rachel Cushing, Mike Kalinowski AND Jason Inman to get the belt. It’s very possible she locks herself in for that award, as well as IG/Star Wars POTY.

As for my two dark horse picks, I think Andrew Ghai could throw his name in the ring as he debuted in singles this season to as 2-1 start, with victories over former two-time champions Dan Murrell and Mark Reilly, only falling to current two-time champion John Rocha. Additionally, Mark Donica is the other name in the Innergeekdom realm that should remain in contention of ROTY, having challenged Inman for the belt after defeating Haibon.

  1. Chance Ellison
  2. Mara Knopic
  3. Ethan Erwin
  4. Andrew Ghai
  5. Mark Donica

Moment of the Year

It’s hard to say which moments get nominated because it all comes down to character investment and the surprise of the moment. Last year’s XX5XX won because of the surprise of the moment, while I was rooting for Rocha to win the award for his first time winning the belt because of character investment. The moment that I believe balances both perfectly and hasn’t been very heavily contested yet is the reveal of the Five Horsemen and the return of Dan Murrell. I think this is the frontrunner to win in my book because it’s the moment that pops immediately into my head when anyone talks about season five of the Schmoedown.

My second place pick, however, leans more into character investment then surprise, despite the reactions of the competitors in question. The moment The Shirwolves won the belt, I was both relived and excited for them. Their individual journeys had led them time in and out to the belts, always coming so close but never holding them. The moment they had won, it felt like a personal victory, having cheered Clarke Wolfe on since 2016 and Rachel since 2017. This could win because of the genuineness of the moment and that wouldn’t upset me one bit.

Everyone who watches and listens to Collider Live knows the next moment that I’m bringing up. HORSEMEEENNNNN! With the most dominate stable on Earth (on paper, at least) formed, all eyes were on the third live event to see how they would interact and how they would perform. Rocha’s war cry said it all. “Let’s ride baby.” While not the most surprising moment of the year, this one hits right into character investment, not just for Rocha, but for all five Horsemen. This is one of my two picks for a dark horse nomination.

It’s hard coming up with moments that aren’t Rocha centric. My next one is Founding Fathers’ post match interview following their match with KOrupption. The raw emotion and the entire transformation from wanting to retire to wanting to win. It was a rollercoaster ride in the span of three minutes. This is my second dark horse for a nomination.

My final moment comes from the Collider Collision. In the closing seconds of the biggest rubber match in Schmoedown history. Above The Line pulled ahead to secure the win over The Patriots once again. Like a lion, Drew McWeeny stands from the table and roars. The normally more reserved, gentle member of the team broke the facade for a moment of true passion for the game. The likelihood of this moment winning are slim, but a nomination is not.

  1. The Five Horsemen reveal
  2. The Shirewolves win the belts
  3. Drew McWeeny Roars
  4. HORSSEEEMEEEENNNN
  5. Founding Fathers’ Post-Match

Match of the Year

This one is another hotly debated topic. I think my first match prediction is a lock. This match goes back to the first Collider Collision and the words “I Betray You” flying off the lips of a losing William Bibbiani and into the face of a defeated John Rocha. Fast forward to a year and some change later and the two titans of the game finally get their match with bigger stakes than either of them could’ve anticipated. With nine lead changes over the course of the entire match, it was slugfest between the two that concluded a year long storyline. Besides the stakes and performances, it was an overall very entertaining match and make Bibbiani v Rocha my personal pick to get nominated from the singles division.

My first pick for a teams match to be nominated comes in the form of the match that necessitated a trilogy: The Patriots vs Above The Line II. I pick the second match because this time around the Patriots were peak, having come off of a final victory over Top 10. ATL delivered what I believe to be their very best game and made for a very tense and entertaining rematch, making this one a contender for MotY.

My second teams pick is a little bit of a personal pick, but it definitely came with controversy and lots of entertainment value. Anarchy certainly delivered on the promise of outstanding matchups by giving us Founding Fathers vs KOrupption. The super team of Murrell & Rocha pit against Kalinowksi and his prodigy Chance Ellison was certainly looking to be another Horsemen win on paper, but this one carried into sudden death, delivering a critical blow to Founding Fathers by not writing down anything and also Navid O. Russell, as well as a debate on David O’Russell being the same as David O. Russell. This was a nail-biter and an emotional one for everyone involved, making this match of the year material for me.

When deciding an Innergeekdom match to nominate, only one sprung to mind as being everything that fits the criteria for Match of the Year. Rachel Cushing vs Mara Knopic, one sick, the other injured, and yet both played their hearts out, going eleven questions deep into sudden death. Despite both ladies being well under 100% health wise, both delivered unbelievably impressive games and has left, at least, me hoping for Cushing vs Knopic II.

It was hard to make my dark horse pick another team match rather than nominate the Star Wars triple threat match between Damon, Scrimshaw, & Napzok. That was a good match, but there was one other live event match that completely delivered in entertainment value, if nothing else. The Reel Rejects vs The Wildberries paid off big, from the rapping promos to t-shirt slingshot, this match was everything I wanted and more and is my dark horse pick to be nominated.

  1. Rachel Cushing vs Mara Knopic
  2. William Bibbiani vs John Rocha
  3. Founding Fathers vs KOrupption
  4. Patriots vs Above The Line II
  5. The Reel Rejects vs The Wildberries

Comeback Player of the Year

The only way for me to explain my five nominees is statistics. William Bibbiani finished last season with a combined record 3-4. This season, Bibbs turned it around hard, winning the Free4All MVP award, the Schmoedown singles title, and finishing his season with a combined record of 5-2, his only losses coming to John Rocha and Whose The Boss. Bibbs is surely the frontrunner for the award and deserves to be.

It’s hard to call Kalinowski the comeback player of the year when last year he had a pretty good year, finishing with a combined record of 5-4. But, at the outset of the year, prior to his heel turn, Mike was 0-3. Post turn, Mike raised his combined season record from 0-3 to 5-5, playing to a 3-1 IG record this season, with a title match to go and a 2-1 start with a new team. The complete change from both a personal state and a player performance, Mike is definitely in consideration for comeback player of the year.

When I say John Rocha as a comeback player of the year, most people shrug, The stats would somewhat back-up your shrug, but I would say otherwise. Despite finishing with a combined record of 7-5, Rocha lost both Ultimate Schmoedown tournaments and lost his singles belt without a defense, as well as losing his faction. Rocha came back string this year by building a bigger, better faction in the Five Horsemen, as well as challenging for both the teams and singles belt, winning back the singles title. His season isn’t over yet, but as of right now, Rocha stands with a season record (including his celebrity match) of 7-3, which is similar, yet improving of his previous season record. There is a case for Rocha to be in the running for this award and I am predicting he makes it in, at least as my dark horse.

The argument for Rachel Cushing is hard when she won ROTY last season. However, finishing with a 6-5 record and improving to a 7-2 before year’s end would be justifiable enough for me. She also has comeback in the sense of storylines. Ending the season with a disappointing Ultimate Schmoedown semi-finals loss to Samm Levine, a four-way #1 contenders Innergeekdom loss, and the devastating loss of her partner Ken Napzok to the Lion’s Den, Rachel certainly is in the running in my eyes, especially with a team title win. She’s done enough, at least, for a nomination.

Marc Andreyko was severely underutilized by The Lion’s Den. He finished last season 2-2, recording one singles loss to Rachel Cushing in the Ultimate Schmoedown tournament and a 2-1 run with Blofeld’s Cat. This season, Andreyko turned himself around nicely making a 3-1 singles season, culminating in a title loss to Bibbiani, and a 2-1 teams run with Jeff Sneider prior to competing in the Ultimate Schmoedown tournament. Andreyko is a sleeper pick for this award.

  1. William Bibbiani
  2. Mike Kalinowski
  3. Marc Andreyko
  4. John Rocha
  5. Rachel Cushing

Team of the Year

This one is also hard to predict without first knowing the outcome of the Anarchy tournament. Both Whose The Boss and The Harris Bros are locks for noms regardless of the outcome due to their strong runs in the tournament. The Shirewolves are also locks for this category as they made a strong 4-0 run to the belts, and could win the award if they defend them in December. However, Above The Line cannot be neglected in this category. They made a strong rebound from their Spectacular II loss and made a 3-0 run, winning and defending the belt. They’re currently my picks to win, unless The Shirewolves defend at Spectacular III. My fifth team dark horse is KOrupption for the sheer power of the team and their nice tournament run.

  1. Above The Line
  2. The Shirewolves
  3. Whose The Boss
  4. The Harris Bros
  5. KOrupption

Singles Player of the Year

The Ultimate Schmoedown tournament is also going to be a big factor in who wins this award. Right now, the frontrunner is John Rocha. This year his singles run has only been stopped once. He sits currently at 5-1 this season and is the singles champion for the second time in is career. If he defends at Spectacular III, Rocha is a guarantee for this award.

Lon Harris is the most underrated player in the Schmoedown. His singles record sits at 2-1 this season with victories over Josh Macuga and Cody Hall and a tight loss to Ethan Erwin. Harris is poised to make a big run in the Singles Tournament, provided he wins over Ben Bateman tomorrow and sets himself up to play Clarke Wolfe in the first round. Lon is my sleeper pick for Singles POTY.

Marc Andreyko should not be discounted from the running on this award either, making a big splash and a 3-1 singles run prior to the US tournament, losing to William Bibbiani on the final question in their title match. Andreyko is a serious contender for this award, especially if he makes another big run in the tournament.

Ethan Erwin should be in contention for this award certainly, unless he loses and Chance Ellison makes a run. So my dark horse prediction, I guess, is whoever wins Erwin vs Ellison. Ethan has had a strong year so far, only losing to Marc Andreyko thus far in singles. However, if Chance beats Ethan and goes to topple either Dan or Stacy and whoever wins on the other side of the bracket, Chance is a lock.

Andrew Ghai is a sleeper pick for me as well. Making your debut against the GOAT is daunting, but to defeat Dan Murrell in his returning match is stone cold. Ghai was then able to TKO Mark Reilly as well and makes his way into a #1 Contenders Match as a ROOKIE against John Rocha. If anyone has a solid case against Ghai, I’ll hear it, but to me, he’s a nom for Singles POTY.

  1. John Rocha
  2. Marc Andreyko
  3. Ethan Erwin/Chance Ellison
  4. Andrew Ghai
  5. Lon Harris

Overall Player of the Year

The most coveted award of the night is going to be hotly debated for a while. To me, there are a few clear nominees. The first of which is Rachel Cushing. She’s 7-2 this season. That record encompasses a singles title run (and title match loss), a teams title run and win, and an Innergeekdom tournament run (and semi-final loss). There’s no reason why Rachel shouldn’t be considered the frontrunner for this category, as she really does fit the very definition of Overall POTY.

Samm Levine is a given. The man defended the singles belt TWICE, finishing out with a  2-0 singles record. He also won the team belt and defended it, finishing out with a 3-0 record before retiring a champion and with a record of 5-0. He is definitely a contender for this award again, even in retirement.

Lon Harris isn’t the first name you think of when you think of this award, but the number do not lie. He is 3-0 in teams so far and 2-1 in singles so far, with a tournament berth on the horizon. If Lon makes an Ultimate Schmoeodown tournament run and wins the Anarchy tournament, he’s a lock for a nomination, but winning both or even one of the belts locks him in for a win.

William Bibbiani is another lock for a nomination here. His record this season overall is 5-2, losing in the tournament and losing the belt to Rocha. However, Bibbs has put up very impressive numbers, just like Lon Harris. Bibbs has been dominant in teams and dominant in singles ever since his Free4All performance and deserves a nomination.

Many names could be thrown around in this fifth spot. Mike Kalinowski. Chance Ellison. Jason Inman. I’m however going to take a more obvious approach and add John Rocha’s name to the fifth spot. His only losses this season come to the Patriots, Jeff Sneider, & KOrupption. With a 7-3 record and the singles title, Rocha is in good shape for a nomination for this award.

  1. Rachel Cushing
  2. Lon Harris
  3. Samm Levine
  4. John Rocha
  5. William Bibbiani