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TL Oscar contest: They called ’em all





Elizabeth Parrish saw just about every film that was in the running for an Oscar.

Mark Piazza saw only one – “Black Swan.”

Using their different strategies, both Parrish, 68, of Hanover Township and Piazza, 53, of Swoyersville correctly predicted the major Academy Award winners in The Times Leader’s “You Pick The Oscars” contest.

They were among seven readers, out of hundreds of entries, who correctly forecast all of the winners in the top six categories: “The King’s Speech” for Best Picture, Colin Firth for Best Actor, Christian Bale for Best Supporting Actor, Natalie Portman for Best Actress, Melissa Leo for Best Supporting Actress and Tom Hooper for Best Director.

The other film-savvy winners are Thomas Moran of Wyoming, Claudette M. George of Tunkhannock, Yvonne Cooper of Tunkhannock, Norman McKenney of White Haven and Donna Monahan of Wilkes-Barre. Each will receive tickets from RC Movies 14 in Wilkes-Barre.

Some of them, by the way, heartily agreed with the votes of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

“I loved it, loved it, loved it. I saw it twice,” Parrish, who is a nurse, said of “The King’s Speech.”

“The supporting actor (Bale) was fabulous in ‘The Fighter.’ It was worth going to the movie just to see him,” said Cooper, 69, a retired homemaker from Tunkhannock.

Others predicted how the Academy would vote, though it went against their personal inclinations.

“I would’ve liked to have seen ‘The Fighter’ win,” said McKenney, 21, who works as a security guard. “If ‘The Fighter’ didn’t win, I wanted ‘The Social Network.’ ”

In making her decisions, George, 60, a retired Verizon employee from Tunkhannock, considered not only the 2010 movies but each actor’s previous body of work. “I really thought about this,” she said.

Piazza, who works in the marketing department at Luzerne Optical, didn’t see too many of the movies but read about them. “I got a sense of the Oscar buzz,” he said.

It proves you don’t have to spend lots of hours in a darkened theater to be an insightful Oscar predictor.

“I don’t see too many movies because they are so expensive,” said Monahan, who works as a nursing assistant. “I wait until they go on DVDs.”

Now that she has her prize tickets, she said, it will be easier to have the full going-to-the-cinema experience. “Now when my husband says ‘Let’s go to the movies,’ I’ll say OK.”

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