Winter 2020 FML Season Results

The Winter, or Awards, Fantasy Movie League season wrapped up this past weekend.

At one point, early on in the season, I was considering a mid-point summary as it looked like another interesting contest.  And then the week seven results came in.  I was holding off until then because that put us past the halfway mark.  But it was also the week that the race pretty much ended.

It was the weekend that Bad Boys For Life opened and the FML crew missed the mark on valuation.  If you did not go with two screens of it for your anchor you were likely out of the running for the season.  Bhagpuss and I were on the Bad Boys bandwagon, but everybody else gave it a pass.  That opened up a huge gap between second and third place that nobody was able to overcome.

The week seven results

That was enough to keep me in second place for the rest of the run despite my doing a less than stellar job on my picks.  I rarely ever forget to pick.  I tend to go in on my phone and make a default, first gut pick on Monday evening so I have something, but more often than not I forgot to go back and revise that first pick.

Bhagpuss, on the other hand, was quite the masterful movie picker.  While week seven helped him, he was in no danger from me for most of the season, the gap between us having become insurmountable not too far into the season.  The top five overall scores ended up looking liked this:

  1. Too Orangey For Crows – $1,142,690,223
  2. Wilhelm’s Qeynosian Kinetoscope – $1,052,491,511
  3. Cyanbane’s Neuticles Viewing Party – $975,743,041
  4. Po Huit’s Sweet Movie Suite – $960,290,604
  5. Joanie’s Joint – $925,665,488

Bhagpuss was solidly in first place, and I solidly in second.  However, that does not really tell the tale of the season.  You need the alternate scoring for that.

As with last season, I awarded points to the top five finishers, with first place getting 5 points, second place 4 points, and so on.  That scoring ended up looking like:

  1. Too Orangey For Crows – 49
  2. Cyanbane’s Neuticles Viewing Party – 28
  3. Po Huit’s Sweet Movie Suite – 28
  4. Wilhelm’s Qeynosian Kinetoscope – 25
  5. grannanj’s Cineplex – 25

That score is the result of Bhagpuss coming in first place five weeks, and second place an additional four, out of thirteen of the weeks.  That will keep you well ahead in the alternate scoring.

Meanwhile, my second place in the total score was largely supported by my picking Bad Boys as my anchor in week seven.  Otherwise I did merely a passable job of picking, winning only one week and coming in second only twice.

And so it goes.  Congrats to Bhagpuss for his decisive win!

This week sees the start of the Spring 2020 FML season, which also sees the debut of a new Pixar title, Onward.  At this end of the week it seems like a mistake to anchor on anything besides that.

I will keep the league running.  I am not sure how much I will cover the season, but maybe the mood will strike me.  The Coronavirus might make this an odd run.  I don’t think people have stopped going out to the movies quite yet… they certainly were keen to mob stores this past weekend, as they wiped out supplies of toilet paper, paper towels, soup, and frozen pizza… and bottled water for some reason, like the government is going to turn off the water supply… but a bit more bad news and interest in going to public events might see a serious decline.

If you want to join in, you need to make an account over at FML.

After that, search for the league TAGN Movie Obsession.  The password to join in “George” without the quotation marks.

3 thoughts on “Winter 2020 FML Season Results

  1. bhagpuss

    Thanks for the review! I was very pleased with most of my picks this time around. I did take quite a bit of time over them, often changing them when I got home from work on Friday, which gives me just about 30 minutes before lockdown.

    As far as the corona virus goes, the UK government held a fairly apocolyptic press conference today which Mrs Bhagpuss summarized as “we’re all going to get it but most people won’t die”. There seems to be no expectation any more that the virus can be contained – it’s all down to how to manage the impact of up to a fifth of all workers being off work at the same time. With magnificent timing, the epidemic is now predicted to peak either when my step-daughter has hirst first baby (May) or when we fly to Portugal on holiday (June). Also my mother, who lives alone, is 88 this year. The number of possible cataclysmic outcomes is not something I propose on dwelling on. I’ll be glad to stay indoors and pick my imaginary movie card, although how that’s going to work if the cinemas aren’t actually allowed to open I’m not entirely sure.


  2. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Bhagpuss – The US CDC said at one point they expect that between 40 and 70% of the US population will contract the virus at some point which, given the current estimated 2% fatality rate (compared to 0.1% for the usual seasonal flu), is going to mean a lot of death and panic.

    I am in kind of the “be prepared but do nothing radical” state of mind. When my wife was headed to the store I suggested that she pick up a few extra items, just in case. Being ever the optimist, she scoffed at the idea, but I said that it wouldn’t kill us to stock up a bit on things that will last and that we’ll use anyway. Being able to stay inside the house for a week without needing to resort to scraping the last bit of peanut butter out of the jar in the cupboard to survive was my bar.

    And then she went to the store and it was torn apart by panic buying. Our neighbors across the street had to order toilet paper from Amazon because they couldn’t find any.

    In the midst of all of this, I am curious to see if people will still go to the movies, or if movie distribution will get suspended because nobody wants to launch their late-spring blockbuster when everybody is afraid to leave the house or if theaters will just close, either due to government order or just to save money on payroll due to low attendance. It could be a strange season.


  3. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    I wrote that, then a while later I saw this headline at the BBC:

    “Release of new James Bond film put back by seven months to November as coronavirus continues to spread around the world”


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