RESULTS! – 5th Annual C&R Oscar Contest

Congratulations Mikey! You won the 5th Annual C&R Oscar Contest! Wahoo! Your glorious prize has been emailed!

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Here’s everyone, listed from Biggest, Stinkiest Loser to Most Awesome Winner:

3 – John Eliot
7 – Michelle M. & Polt
9 – VUBOQ
10 – Kristen, Ryan, David P. & Tam
12 – Craig
13 – Drazen & John H.
14 – Matt D.
15 – Adam
17 – Ty & Paul J.
18 – Brian B. & FDot
19 – Alex K., Jimmy O. & TwoPi
20 – Mikey

This Year’s Best Dressed Predictions:
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This Year’s Worst Dressed Predictions:
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Thanks for playing!


5th Annual C&R Oscar Contest – CLOSED

THIS CONTEST HAS CLOSED

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The Oscars are right around the corner … and for the 5th year in a row, C&R brings you the Cocky & Rude Oscar Contest. Simply cast your ballot and you’ll be entered to win this year’s prize: A 2-Month Hulu Plus Gift Subscription (valued at $15.98!). Tune in to watch the 87th Annual Academy Awards on February 22nd, 2015!

THIS CONTEST HAS CLOSED

*Prize will be delivered to this email address.


Rules: Contest entries must be submitted on or before Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 11:59:59PM EST. Limit one entry per person and per IP address. If multiple entries are submitted, only your first will be counted. Entries that are submitted without a valid email address will not be accepted or counted. No late entries will be accepted. The winner of this contest is the individual that correctly predicts the most categories. In the case of a tie, a single winner will be chosen at random by Adam. “Best Dressed” and “Worst Dressed” categories are subjective and do not count towards or against your final score. Contest winners and all rankings will be announced on cockyandrude.com at approximately 12:01AM EST on Tuesday, February 24th. If there are any conflicts, Adam has the final determining say. Prize will be delivered once via email on or around Tuesday, February 24th, 2015. It is your responsibility to receive, activate, and use the gift subscription. You are responsible for contacting Hulu with any issues. By submitting your contest entry, you agree to these rules.

THIS CONTEST HAS CLOSED


The Great 2014 Gift Exchange!!

To Mush / From Tam

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OMG I’M SO GLAD TAM GOT MY NAME because I LOVE THESE SO BAD YOU GUYS. Two woven pashmina scarves. Two! Warm, soft, international. ALL MINE. I love these, Tam. Especially the large one, which I’m wearing wrong-side-out in this picture because I like it that way AND I CAN BECAUSE IT’S WOVEN AND THEREFORE TWO-SIDED.

I have a habit of sitting on the living room floor with my laptop on the coffee table while internetting. These wraps are perfect for keeping off the winter drafts and I’ve been wearing them regularly. The large one will probably end up as a meditation shawl because it’s so large and awesome.

I have a shitty acrylic version of these wraps, actually; I bought it a few years ago at a truck stop in the mountains on the way back from a gig because I was chilly. It gets compliments, but I’m going to BURN IT because it’s such a poor copy of these, the real thing. These are gorgeous and will be well-used.

Thank you so much, Tam!


To Mikey / From Craig

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Craig knew exactly what to get for the tv snob in me. Oh wait, that’s all of me. He got me an amazing 30 Rock mug with a portrait of the incredible Liz Lemon (née Tina Fey) on one side and the phrase “A splash of lemon” on the other side AND a never-nude pint sized Tobias Fünke. Sure I’m living in the TV of latter days, but I’m thrilled. Thanks, Craig!!!!


To Michelle M / From Justin

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I received my gifts from Justin. He sent me a blue bookmark (I love blue! And I love books!). This will come in handy as I’m a terrible dog-earer. He also gave me a beautiful hand made leather notebook to jot down all my doodles and million dollar ideas in. Last, but not least, he sent the perfect gift – a sparkly little budgie ornament. Every tree should have one. Thank you so much Justin!!


To Harry M / From David P

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Dave P. sent me a 6 pack of Bell’s Porter beer, some Ghirardelli chocolate and two seed cakes for the flock. A big thank you from the flock and me!


To VUBOQ / From Mush

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I received two Sci-Fi related gifts from my exchange person, Mush. First, she sent a Dalek-shaped dish scrubber. I will be able to exterminate all baked on food and grime with it. Second, she sent the Light of Eärendil. It will be a light for me in dark places, when all other light has failed. Thanks so much, Mush for these practical, yet science fiction-y, gifts!


To Nathan / From Ty

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This year I received a delicious box of strange Japanese Kit Kats. I was really confused because Ty’s card arrives two days after the chocolates and I had no idea why I’d had chocolates arrive at my door (secret admirer?). They were delicious, even the wasabi flavoured ones. Thanks Ty!


To DrPara / From TwoPi

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To push off Adam’s wrath, I’m taking time out of drinking to write this! For my bloggie gift giver, I got TwoPi, who actually gave me, what I consider, the coolest gift I got this year. Sure, there was almond biscotti, and some fantastic music (the biscotti was served at a family gathering on Christmas day and the music was played for all of 20 seconds before my aunt gave me that look.) However, it was a day later that I got this amazing gift, as seen in the pics. A cocktail chemistry set, because as much as I love cock, cocktails are my total life (as we’ve seen many a times.) Thank you sir, this will get much use in the apartment over the next 3 months as barren shit winter wrecks my want to go anywhere.


To Ty / From FDot

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FDot got me puzzles (in both calendar and book format), Reese’s spread (suck it, Nutella!) and a cheese slicer in the form of a Polaroid Instamatic (suck it, Kodak!). Both my brain and tummy are grateful!


To Tam / From Adam

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Since Adam is so mean, here is a pic from my sick bed. *cue violin music*

Anyway, due to screwy mail rules to get things to me, I asked my Santa to send me a card (see photo) and make a charity donation. My Santa Adam (who can be mean but made it on the nice list for this) made a donation to the Fund for Global Human Rights (insert Link). They support LGBTI, women’s and children’s rights around the world with only 10% of the funds going to admin. Thank you, Adam for a great choice and maybe some of that will be used in my part of the world.


To TwoPi / From Nathan

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I haven’t gotten a package (yet?), but thought I could at least send a photo of me and Elvis celebrating Crit’mas. (Photo taken from our dining room, looking through the new (under construction) window to the kitchen.)

But then his gift arrived…

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My gift came from Nathan, in Japan, and is an amazing taste of Japanese culture. In the photo I’m holding up a handkerchief/scarf from the Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, in Osaka. They are known for their collection of Kamigata woodblock prints of Kabuki actors dating to the 17th century. Just below that on the left is a wine glass, and if you look closely you’ll see a young female elf in a Christmas stocking, perched on the rim. The papers that came with it indicate this is one of a series of 6 Christmas themed figurines, but I don’t know the larger context. Next to that is a cd of Babymetal, an awesome act that melds metal and j-pop, and has been one of the more controversial global metal acts from this past year. I can‘t possibly describe them in text, so please check out this video of one of their catchier songs.

Babymetal is a worthy addition to my collection of Japanese metal music. Awesome!

There is also a collection of snacks! From left to right:

· Yellow packaging, the only latin text “Ca+Fi”; snacks are star-shaped, puffy, brown; looks a bit like breakfast cereal; has a mocha flavor. This went over well with Heather and the boys.

· Large white package, with a big-headed yellow baby: strips that look like a cross between Fritos and corn husks; crisp; flavor is a little beefy? Could be Fritos, soaked in beef boullion, then dried and fried up crispy. I like them, but I’m in the minority.

· Blue package: “Mike” popcorn! A pretty straightforward popcorn, but there’s a curious taste to the salt – sea salt, or a hint of anchovy? A nice take on a salted snack.

· Box: “Milky”. Holds a bunch of wrapped candies, that look a bit like taffy. They’re white, and hard, flavor is of dairy – milk? Whipped cream? Something like that. Heather likes them the most of all of us.

· Card and strip: A strip of Pokeman themed packets of gum; the gum tastes very similar to juicyfruit. Not bad, but I feel like I’m foolishly opening the package and eating the gum from a collectable of some sort….

Nathan: Thank you!!! You rock!!!


To Xi-Heather / From Polt

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My gift came from none other than the amazing Polt! He sent yarn, which Godzilla is already starting to make into a red and green striped hat, and Mama Polt’s baking (represented by an empty plate because, well, they were cookies and peanut brittle. And they were delicious.) And he also sent the Godzilla mug, which made me laugh with glee (enough that the 14-year old wondered what the heck great present I’d just gotten). Thanks Polt!


To Kristen / From Harry

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I got the best gift ever because it involved JELLY FISH! Yes, Harry sent me a little packet of jelly related items, including some fun and festive jelly bellies! Not pictured here is a super cute card and chocolate bar I received. The little paperweight even glows in the dark but I’ve yet to try it out. GO JELLIES!


To Adam / From Mikey

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Mikey gives the best gifts! He gave me Tod Browning’s ‘FREAKS’ – starring my beloved Pepper’s predecessors/inspirations! I’m also dazzling at the lovely smells of ‘Fifty Shades of Brown Lavatory Mist’. As many of you know, I’ve stopped pooping in 2015; but not everyone that I live with had the same New Year’s resolution. (I’m looking at you, Mr. Sombrero, Spring and Ollie!) And last but not least, Mikey bestowed upon me a ‘Mr. T In Your Pocket’ keychain soundboard that features such hits as, “I pity the fool!” and “First name: Mister, middle name: period, last name: T!” Thanks Mikey!


To Craig / From Michelle M.

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Michelle got me this awesome Lego mug that is pretty much the best mug on the face of the planet. Even Lego Craig approves, and he’s very particular when it comes to mugs. She also gave me a delicious bag of chocolate treats which did not survive long enough to make it into the picture. Thanks Michelle!


To David P. / From VUBOQ

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My bloggy exchange gifts came from my bloggy bestie Steven! Two awesome handmade Japanese-style tea mugs in the likenesses of my cats Lisa and Millhouse, cat toys, a cheap 80s porn DVD and a reusable Urban Outfitters canvas bag!!!!!


To Justin / From DrPara

So my gift-giver this round was Jason Galkus, aka @Jay_the_Gay, aka The Infamous Dr Para. Allen was best man in a wedding in Chicago this summer (which sadly caused us to miss Tam’s going away party slash Puntabucrowd reunion) and while we were there, we did in fact make a special trip down to the south side to meet Jay in person, so it was extra special fun to happen to end up with him as gift-giver this year J

I have to say, Jay was so amazingly generous – with a veritable bottomless cornucopia of gifts! He was so thoughtful, he even included a gift for Allen and one for Lisa!

Here is a photo of me holding the wrapped presents by the tree (one of my own extra-specially-humiliating Christmas hats included for readers’ amusement [hopefully Jay in particular will get a kick out of that]):

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And another showing the extra goodies that Jay included on top of the wrapped ones, for me and Lisa:

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and lastly I had poor Allen wear another equally-embarrassing elf hat to show off the present Jay sent specifically for him:

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The unwrapped goodies were three bags of delicious gummy bears, plus Ghirardelli Chocolates for Allen and Lisa for which Jay included a note making it clear that I was to keep my paws off them :) He will be happy to know that I have indeed obliged and not had a single one!

In addition to the pictured gifts, the entire box came with a USB flash drive loaded with music Jay thought I’d like, and a Christmas letter to go along with the gifts.

The three wrapped presents were particularly thoughtful. Jay included his own explanations in his letter, of each. First was a DVD of The Opposite of Sex, which has been in my list for years, so now I have no excuse not to watch it:

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(and yes, Jay, I do own a copy of Rocky Horror Picture Show, to answer your question)

Next is W Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage:

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… which I have not yet read either. This was an inspired choice, since Maugham is one of my absolute favorite authors, though I’ve only ever read his short stories. I’m truly thrilled with this gift and it’s going to be my next book as soon as I finish the book Allen got me for Christmas (Ghostwritten by David Mitchell)!

Last came a novel I had not yet heard of by another favorite author of mine:

… which I have not yet read either. This was an inspired choice, since Maugham is one of my absolute favorite authors, though I’ve only ever read his short stories. I’m truly thrilled with this gift and it’s going to be my next book as soon as I finish the book Allen got me for Christmas (Ghostwritten by David Mitchell)!

Last came a novel I had not yet heard of by another favorite author of mine:

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… Jay had no way of knowing this, but I’ve always loved Tom Robbins. Jitterbug Perfume in particular is one of my favorite books of all time, so I’m truly looking forward to this!

All in all, I’m overawed with Jay’s thoughtful choices. And I did try not to eat all the gummy bears at once but (apart from the few Allen and Lisa managed to snag) they’re all long gone.

Thanks so much, Jason! Your gifts were truly lovely and thoughtful and I’m thrilled!


To: Talita / From: Heather

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I received a cake boss flower pan, that I can not wait to make little cakes in. I also got a candle that I already started burning as you can see from the picture. And Arianna’s favorite part of the present Christmas treats, that she couldn’t wait to open! Thank you so much Heather, I love everything!


To: John / From: Kristen “The Kid”

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I received my presents from Kristen (a.k.a. “The Kid). Kristen sent me a gift certificate from the Home Depot, which will be used to find the many projects I have to do around my house. This specifically will be used to purchase paint for my kitchen cabinets. Or perhaps new plants for my yard if I am too lazy to paint my cabinets….

Kristen also sent me the “Title” EP by Megan Trainor. While I am uncomfortable thinking about Kristen’s bass or lack there of, I can say that based on the lyrics of some of the songs, I am concerned for the welfare if her future husband…

Thank you for my presents Kristen! I am enjoying the cd and the gift cert will go to good use!


To: Polt / From: John

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My Christmas Gift Sender was john eliot, and I got one of those AMAZING homemade artwork things he does! This is obviously of Superman, and its unfortunate you cant see all the intricate detail in the photo. I recognize the issue it came from, although I dont remember which title and number. And i know it’s based on John Byrne artwork (which means nothing to you if you’re not a comic book geek like me. but since I am, that makes it all the more awesome) I don’t how he does it, but this the simply incredible. Thanks john eliot! Now I just have to find the right place to put it in the house….


To: FDot / From: Marcus

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My Bloggy gift arrived from MARCUS! It featured two items. 1. A lovely sheet of the most bizarre Disney stickers I’ve seen. I swear Donald and Pluto are staring at me, Daisy and Mickey are trying to pass the blame for…something, Minnie and Goofy are just being simpletons and it looks like Chip and Dale are all set to go mano-a-mano. They are chipmunks after all, nature’s striped rats. There are also some disembodied heads stuck in clear plastic bubbles. Maybe they insulted Droopy Dog. 2. A vintage 1950’s Archie pin. Archie Comics is headquartered only .2 miles from me, so my hope is to show up wearing the pin and get offered a job. If not, the pin is 60 years old and a little rusty in the back, so I can jab whoever turns me down and give them tetanus as revenge. Two great items that I will thoroughly enjoy. Thank you Marcus!


To: Marcus / From: Talita

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For Gift Exchange 2014, I received a pair of sea green vintage sunglasses with gold detail from Talita. Thank you so much for the glasses :)


Your 2015 Calendar Is Here! (Updated)

Calendar_Page_01The 2015 Puntabulous Cocky & Rude Whatever Calendar is here! 

It was a lot of hard work and I hope you enjoy it!  It’s been proofed by a number of people … but if you happen to spot any mistakes, errors or omissions, please let me know via email as soon as possible. I’ll fix it and replace the file as soon as I can.

Want a printed copy?  You have a few options:

1. Print it yourself or get it printed at your local Staples, FedEx Office, or just about any other copy & print shop.  They will also bind it for you (wire or coil binding would probably work best, and should only cost you a couple bucks).

>> Printing it yourself? Download and print this file. (This version is standard letter sized – 8.5″ x 11″)

2. Upload the file and order from a website.  I’ve shopped around and the best option I can find is Overnight Prints.  They offer cheap prices and full customization (other sites like Cafe Press, Zazzle and SnapFish insist that you use their calendar grid).  Overnight Prints will spiral bind the calendars and print on 100lb glossy card stock that is sourced from environmentally sustainable forests.  Currently they’re only charging $8.59 + Shipping (I calculated for NJ and CA and both were $5.34 for the cheapest option). You may be able to find a coupon code or something if you search for it … so you might be able to make it even cheaper.  And I’m also not sure how long the $8.59 sale price will last … so order soon or risk higher prices.

Here’s how to do it: go to http://www.overnightprints.com/upload/calendar?new=1 (click or copy into your browser address bar).  Click “Add Image Files” and upload the .pdf file (this will take a couple minutes to upload and then render the art).  Carefully drag and drop the images from “Uploaded Image Files” to populate each page of the calendar. Click “Continue”, then select “Preview Calendar” and double check your work.  Add it to your cart and check out.  The whole operation took me about 5 minutes.

>> Printing at Overnight Prints? Upload this file to the site. (NOTE: Polt had trouble with his order and I adjusted the page size of this file. This version works wonderfully!)

3. If you’re completely computer illiterate, I’ll order the calendar for you from Overnight Prints and you can transfer me the money via PayPal.  I can set the shipping address as your address, so it’ll be shipped directly to your address. Contact me via email and plead your case.

I hope you enjoy it!  Sing your praises in the comments.

The 2014 Crafty Gift Exchange

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Mikey to Talita:
I received from Mikey, a handmade butterfly necklace. It was a little too small for me, so I put it on Arianna and she loved it. Sorry she was very busy running around.

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Craig to Polt:
“So on the second try, Craiggers (or his assistant) got the address correct and my Crafty Christmas in July (in almost October actually) arrived! YAY! And it’s sheer awesomeness! The paddle has Polt’s Bounty on it! In PURPLE! And as soon as I saw, I thought of one particular Asian (sans hairthing) that might be interested in having me try it out…but we’ll see! The paddle is now hanging in a place of prominence in my living room, right above me TV!” I think the best part is this: Craigger’s first attempt to get this to me disappeared in FedEx hell, and as Craiggers said, there are now TWO of these floating around the world! Hopefully someone else out there is enjoy Polt’s Bounty as much as I’m sure *I* will! It’s was WELL worth the wait!”

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vuboq to john:
Steven got my name for the Crafty Gift Exchange. I have long admired his ceramic work and hoped that I would be his recipient one year and this year was it! Steven sent me a plate and three cups. Each piece has a bunny pained in blue on it and is glazed in blue and tan on a white background. And each of the cup handles is delicate little bunny too!
Steven said he sent three, just in case the handles broke, but all three cups arrived safely and in tact. I had shredded news paper all over my house for days and it had a tendency to stick in my arm hair, but who cares?!? I have three awesome cups and a plate!I am thrilled with my gifts and look forward to using them as often as possible. Thank you Steven!

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Michelle M. To Enrico:
The marvelous Michelle Vis–, er, McKee sent me a triumvirate of Drag Race related swag! 1.) My own pink furry box, filled with delicious cherry candies (not all photographed here cause they were consumed 10 seconds after opening the box). 2.) A “Don’t F*ck It Up” placard, which is now placed right above my desk, so I can look at it for motivation while I’m writing papers! 3.) A signed photograph of America’s Next Drag Superstar Bianca del Rio surrounded by famous DR quotes. This is also on my desk, to remind me that if I fail at school, I can drop out and try to become a famous drag queen! Thanks for the wonderful gifts Michelle!!

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Polt to vuboq:
I received my gift from the fabulously purple Polt. My package included two tins of delicious cookies (snickerdoodles (ALLTIME FAVORITE!!!!) and chocolate chip) baked by none other than the wondrous Mama Polt. NOMz. Also, I received the refrigerator magnet thing in the background, which reads “V is for VUBOQ” and “When I grow up, I want to be just like you …” And, really, who doesn’t? Thanks for a delicious and funny gift!

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Talita to Adam:

Talita sent me this awesome bit of poo!  It’s a lovely embroidered poop emoji framed in a pink painted hoop.  It’s a lovely dream come true – and is currently decorating the bookcase in my home office.  I may relocate it to my bathroom in the near future – to help inspire magnificent works of art in my toilet.  Thanks Talita! <3

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Adam to Mikey:
I got this awesome wood piece with wood on it from Adam. He indicated it was valued at $10,000. I had it appraised and now have a net worth of negative $350.

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john to Craig:
I was #blessed to have John as my crafty gift giver this year! Thankfully I received mine before the whole FedEx debacle or I would have gotten coal. Instead I got an awesome work of art featuring the characters from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which was such an amazing choice because not only was it an awesome show, but I want to be Ahsoka Tano when I grow up. The level of detail is amazing! I have no idea how he does it! Thank you John!

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4TH ANNUAL C&R OSCAR CONTEST RESULTS

On Sunday night, we oohed and aahed as a dozen or so rich people receive golden statuettes for making amazing[-ish] movies. Now it’s time to to receive your award – for correctly predicting the most Academy Award winners. This year’s winner of the 4th Annual Cocky & Rude Oscar Contest is … FDot!!! Congratulations! You’re amazing!

Now let’s take a look at the results:

With a near-perfect score, FDot snagged the win with an impressive 23 of 24 correct predictions. Second place was a tie between Andrew M. and Jimmy O., who both correctly predicted 22 categories. At the bottom of this year’s contest were Nathan V., James B., and Kulsoom R., who only predicted 10, 9 and 6 categories, respectively.

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But what’s everyone’s favorite part of the C&R Oscar Contest? The best and worst dressed pie charts, of course!! Here are this year’s Best Dressed results:

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Cate Blanchett claimed this year’s prize with 28% (7 votes), closely followed by Lupita Nyong’o with 24% (6 votes) and Jennifer Lawrence with 16% (4 votes). On the bottom were Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams with 12% (3 votes each), and Leonardo DiCaprio and Bad Grandpa, each with 4% — a single vote each.

This year’s worst dressed results were spread a bit thinner:

Worst Dressed

Sandra Bullock and Jared Leto nabbed the Worst Dressed prize, with 12% each (3 votes each). At 8% each were Josh Page, Judi Dench and Jonah Hill (each with 2 votes). At the bottom of this year’s list were … everyone else with 4% (a single vote each). Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams, and Jennifer Lawrence share this year’s distinction of being on both the Best and Worst Dressed lists.

That wraps up the results of this year’s Oscar Contest. Thanks to everyone who participated! Congratulations again to FDot! You’ll soon be in possession of a 2-month Netflix subscription!

So what did you think of this year’s Oscar Awards? Any surprises? Who really was best & worst dressed of the night? We’ll see you in the comments!


4th Annual Cocky & Rude Oscar Contest

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The Oscars are right around the corner … and for the 4th year in a row, C&R brings you the Cocky & Rude Oscar Contest. Simply cast your ballot and you’ll be entered to win this year’s prize: A 2-Month Netflix Gift Subscription (valued at $15.98!). Tune in to watch the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014!

This contest has CLOSED – no further entries will be accepted.


*Prize will be delivered to this email address.


Rules: Contest entries must be submitted on or before Tuesday, Febuary 25th, 2014 at 11:59:59PM EST. Limit one entry per person and per IP address. If multiple entries are submitted, only your first will be counted. Entries that are submitted without a valid email address will not be accepted or counted. No late entries will be accepted. The winner of this contest is the individual that correctly predicts the most categories. In the case of a tie, a single winner will be chosen at random by Adam. “Best Dressed” and “Worst Dressed” categories are subjective and do not count towards or against your final score. Contest winners and all rankings will be announced on cockyandrude.com at 12:01AM EST on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014. If there are any conflicts, Adam has the final determining say. Prize will be delivered once via email on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014. It is your responsibility to receive, activate, and use the gift subscription. Please review the Netflix Gift Subscription Terms and the Redeem a Netflix Gift or Promotion pages. By submitting your contest entry, you agree to these rules.

This contest has CLOSED – no further entries will be accepted.


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