With one day between us and the much-anticipated 84th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday evening, media outlets are pulling out all the stops to cover the biggest awards show of the year. From tournament brackets to fake movie posters (to how-to Twitter guides), entertainment reporters and bloggers are attempting to satiate our Oscar-fever in all sorts of ways. Some are enlightening. Others are gimmicky. All are entertaining. Here are a few of our favorites.
Oscars as ... a Thank-You Contest
Slate's Nathaniel Rogers and Natalie Matthews-Ramo have combed through all of the thank-yous Academy Award-winning actors and actresses have given in their acceptance speeches in the past decade, making us wonder why someone hasn't done this before. They've compiled the data on interactive charts, one analyzing winners' speeches (right) and another chronicling all those thank-yous. In the past 10 years, Oprah's gotten two, God's gotten three, and another god, Meryl Streep, has gotten four. (More on her later.)
Oscars as ... March Madness
Even the more sports-inclined might turn off ESPN this weekend to check out the Oscars. Perhaps they'd like to view the awards through the guise of a familiar tournament bracket. That sort of thinking is what got Mike Ryan of Moviefone asking, what if the Academy Awards weren't decided by a small group of white men but instead ... by a somewhat larger group of voters who are also mostly likely white and male? Ryan set up a tournament between each of the 32 films from 2011 that could potentially by named Best Picture, all the way from The Artist down to Bucky Larson, and had them square off in a four-round tourney in which winners are chosen based on lesser awards won.
For example: Does Harvey Weinstein really care that The Artist won Best Picture from the Washington D.C. Area Film Critic's association? No, he doesn't. But! If The Artist had to beat Sucker Punch (in your classic one seed versus eight seed situation) to advance to the London critics, well, the stakes would be quite a bit higher.