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We made our Oscar nomination picks on Monday and the results are in! And, just like in our Golden Globes pool, we have a tie.

In the Big Eight categories, Brian and Jared tied with 39 while John got 37 (out of 45). We completely whiffed on several nominees: Penelope Cruz for Supporting Actress, The Blind Side for Picture, The Messenger for Original Screenplay, and In the Loop for Adapted Screenplay.

On the plus side, Brian boldly predicted Maggie Gyllenhaal for Supporting Actress and was rewarded. Going with Helen Mirren in the fifth spot wasn’t a particularly bold choice, but it also wasn’t obvious, and it gave Jared a perfect slate for Best Actress.

For the entire list of nominees, Jared and John tied at 78 (out of 105). We ended up choosing the exact same slate of nominees for several of the categories, making the competition close if a little boring.

John was one off from perfection for Cinematographpy and  Sound Mixing while picking three correct Original Songs. Jared did well to pick correctly all but one in the Costume and Original Score catgories.

Maybe our Oscar pool will finally be able to declare a definitive winner!

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