Office Oscar Ballot Fun 2012

As the music, television and motion picture industries celebrate their accomplishments, my job also has me involved in the excitement of Award Season!   At this time of year, I finalize and announce the annual group of Sloan Research Fellowship Awardees.  These 126 bright young scientist's names and institutions were announced on Tuesday, February 21st in The New York Times, Section A15.  To keep the celebration going, I always love a good Oscar Ballot Competition!

For the last few years, Twig & Thistle, a great blog by Kathleen, a Seattle-based graphic designer,  has posted the most adorable DIY Oscar Party Ideas with free down-loadable templates.  (She is also the brains behind the adorable Fruit Sticker Valentine's Day Project.)  I've always gathered a few friends together for this event, so now we could play along with the cute scorecard provided.  This year, Kathleen took this DIY project to the next level!  She posted on February 9th, so I had some time to come up with my plan.  

While our cozy loft is not yet finished, I decided this would be a good year to celebrate the 84th Academy Awards with just Ronnie, Lefty and myself.  But working in a small office, it was reasonable to put together enough of these folded ballots for everyone, and have an office competition!  After my paper cuts healed, I sent out an email & then walked around handing out 30 of Twig & Thistle's ballots (below) in envelopes.  I can always breath a sigh of relief once my awards have been announced, and it's nice to walk around and talk to my co-workers that I haven't had time to see when things are busy. 

I asked everyone to mark their choices, put their name on the outside of the envelope, and return it into my Oscar Ballot J. Crew Shoe Box, by the end of the week!  PLEASE, bear in mind this was quick and on a budget with office supplies - I work with what I got! ;)

Out of the 30 I constructed, when I took them home Friday night, 18 were returned!  A pretty good turn-out for an office endeavour!

Sunday was an evening of classy cocktails, Hollywood appetizers and red carpet trivia - just for 2!  But once the show started, Ronnie and I were scoring the ballots and taking the competition very seriously.  Although I crammed this weekend, I still saw fewer movies than usual.  I was sure I had a fighting chance...

My extensive movie trivia did me no favors this year, but I had prizes ready for those that deserved a pat on the back!  Instead of making popcorn bags for my guest as Kathleen's post suggests, I used that template for the prizes!  The runner-up received a popcorn bag with double-sided Academy Awards printed confetti (folded & cut by yours truly), and yummy chocolates!

The winner received a $15 Gift Certificate, that I donated to the cause.  I used Twig & Thistle's template for the invite to attach the GC card to, it mimics the font on the front of the ballots.  Again, the double-sided Academy Awards printed confetti was the perfect final touch!

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Looking through the StellaBella stories over the past year, I can see how both my sister and I are influenced by cinema in our day to day life.  Some of my fondest childhood moments were re-enacting scenes or mocking phrases from our favorites flicks.  American culture, whether we like it or not, is heavily influenced by the Silver screen - it's our biggest export!  Celebrity debacles are exposed more with the advancement of technology, and the responsibility is on their shoulders to represent their industry - some are better than others at it.  Actors have a huge social responsibility, and I for one embrace the craziness of Hollywood, and am always happy to celebrate the annual awards!

Best Picture
War Horse
The Artist
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Actress
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Best Actor
Demian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

La vita è bella,

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