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Straight off the bat, there are going to be some disappointed people in the rounds tonight. At first glance, it simply looked like another quiet week. A few teams gathered points, some steadily climbed higher, others held. Nothing special to report. However, as I looked closer, I realised that there was a lot said in the things that didn’t happen. There are a lot of actors who should have scored a lot higher, yet the Empire reviews didn’t do them justice. A few of you may have not made the most of the new double points system, although I cannot say this is down to you, as it seemed like such a strong bet. Anyway, I will discuss further and more specifically in a second. First, the scores…

This Round’s Movies

Blackkklansman
The Negotiator
The Heiresses
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Cold War
Upgrade
Bad Samaritan
Skyscraper
Yardie
Ant-Man And The Wasp
Mission Impossible: Fallout
The Children Act
Searching
The Guardians
The Equaliser 2

The Teams

Views From The Sofa – 6 (+26) = 32
Cate Blanchett – 0
Helen Mirren – 0
Olivia Munn – 0
Chris Pratt – 0
Adam Driver – 6
Johnny Depp – 0
Movie: The Kid (CP)

Film Grimoire – 0 (+34) = 34
Oscar Isaac – 0
Chris Pratt – 0
Ryan Reynolds – 0
Oprah Winifrey – 0
Jennifer Jason Leigh – 0
Lupita Nyong’o – 0
Movie: Wrinkle in Time (OW)

Movie Rob – 0 (+37) = 37
Samuel L Jackson – 0
Michael Shannon – 0
Sam Rockwell – 0
Elle Fanning – 0
Nicole Kidman – 0
Vera Farmiga – 0
Movie: I Think We’re Alone Now

Oracle of Film – 0 (+45) = 45
Chris Pratt – 0
Eddie Redmayne – 0
Steve Carrell – 0
Alicia Vikander – 0
Margot Robbie – 0
Cate Blanchette – 0
Movie: Fantastic Beasts

Marked Movies – 0 (+46) = 46
Joaquin Phoenix – 0
Michael Shannon – 0
Christian Bale – 0
Katherine Waterson – 0
Soarise Ronan – 0
Cate Blanchett – 0
Movie: You Were Never Really Here (JP)

Fairytale Pictures – 0 (+49) = 49
Tessa Thompson – 0
Clare Foy – 0
Michelle Williams – 0
Joel Edgerton – 0
Benedict Cumberbatch – 0
Armie Hammer – 0
Movie: Annihilation (TT)

Debbie Vega – 7 (+42) = 49
Cate Blanchett – 0
Elle Fanning – 0
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – 0
Colin Firth – 3
Adam Driver – 4
Forest Whitaker – 0
Movie: The Mercy (CF)

Abbi Osbiston – 0 (+54) = 54
Ben Mendelsohn – 0
Michael Shannon – 0
Tye Sheridan – 0
Nicole Kidman – 0
Emily Blunt – 0
Margot Robbie – 0
Movie: Shape of the Water (MS)

Random Musings of The Female Mind – 4 (+51) = 55
Martin Freeman – 0
Eddie Redmayne – 0
Chadwick Boseman – 0
Lily James – 4
Cate Blanchett – 0
Emily Blunt – 0
Movie: Fantastic Beasts (ER)

Sporadic Chronicles of A Beginner Blogger – 14 (+42) = 56
Paul Rudd – 8

Colin Firth – 3
Samuel L. Jackson – 0
Vera Farmiga – 0
Rosamund Pike – 3
Jennifer Lawrence – 0
Movie: Ant Man 2 (PR)

Vinnieh – 3 (+56) = 59
Margot Robbie – 0
Rosamund Pike – 3
Sally Hawkins – 0
Michael Shannon – 0
Oscar Isaacs – 0
Richard Jenkins – 0
Movie: Shape of the Water (SH)

What About Movies – 6 (+54) = 60
Tessa Thompson – 0
Cate Blanchett – 0
Elizabeth Deblicki – 0
Colin Firth – 3
Chris Hemsworth – 0
Michael Pena – 3
Movie: Infinity War (CH)

Movie Reviews 101 – 5 (+56) = 61
Josh Brolin – 0
Woody Harrelson – 0
Simon Pegg – 5
Elizabeth Deblicki – 0
Tessa Thompson – 0
Gugu Mbatha-Raw – 0
Movie: Soldado (JB)

Cinema Parrot Disco – 0 (+63) = 63
Benedict Cumberbatch – 0
Josh Brolin – 0
Joaquin Phoenix – 0
Helen Mirren – 0
Cate Blanchett – 0
Soarise Ronan – 0
Movie: Lady Bird (SR)

Rhyme and Reason – 11 (+53) = 64
Paul Rudd – 8

Jason Clarke – 0
Colin Firth – 3
Elle Fanning – 0
Judy Greer – 0
Michelle Williams – 0
Movie: Ant Man 2 (PR)

What About the Twinkie – 0 (+77) = 77
Chris Pratt – 0
Chadwick Boseman – 0
Josh Brolin – 0
Jessica Chastain – 0
Anya Taylor Joy – 0
Soarise Ronan – 0
Movie: Black Panther (CB)

How The Actors Scored

Paul Rudd – 4 (Ant Man and the Wasp – Lead Role: 3; Three Stars: 1)
Michael Pena – 3 (Ant Man and the Wasp – Supporting Role: 2; Three Stars: 1)
Simon Pegg – 5 (Mission Impossible 6 – Supporting Role: 2; Five Stars: 3)
Rosamund Pike – 3 (The Negotiator – Supporting Role: 2; Three Stars: 1)
Adam Driver – 4 (Blackkklansman – Supporting Role: 2; Four Stars: 2)
Lily James – 4 (Mamma Mia 2 – Lead Role: 3; Three Stars: 1)
Colin Firth – 3 (Mamma Mia 2 – Supporting Role: 2; Three Stars: 1)

Round Analysis

As you can see, there isn’t a lot to write home about. The smattering of scores given is a little measly. I especially feel sorry for those championing Paul Rudd in Ant-Man and the Wasp. There are two people in this league (Sporadic Chronicles and Rhyme and Reason), who had Rudd as their double point scorer, but they have only gathered 8 points apiece. What is missing is the touch of a compliment for Rudd, who definitely deserved it. I scoured the review for any hint of an excuse to give out the points, because honestly I sorely wanted to, but I just couldn’t manage to justify it with what I was given. The same could also be said for everyone else who scored today. Lily James should have reaped in much more for Mamma Mia and, while usually you would be jumping for joy when you have a supporting star in a five star movie, here Simon Pegg only got five points for Mission Impossible. It sort of feels criminal.

Lily James smiling through the pain.

But, to bring it back to Lily James and ABBA, that’s the name of the game. There are a few people who are happy with their results. Those that did pick Paul Rudd did their fair share of climbing. Rhyme and Reason hopped up to second place, something that must be a minor consolation, while Zoe from Sporadic Chronicles moved up a notch as well. Every cloud has a silver lining it would seem.

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5 thoughts on “Fantasy Acting League 2018: Round Eight

  1. Second place?! That is an awesome consolation, considering how disappointed I was with Rudd (or rather Empire’s review of him). And I hate to rock the boat, but I do want to add that Judy Greer was also in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Plus, you might want to re-read Empire’s Mamma Mia review, because I thought they complimented Lily James and Colin Firth by name.

    • You are correct about Judy Greer. I will sort that. However, sadly, Lily James and Colin Firth weren’t complimented in the print version of the review. I have checked and yes, the mention you are on about is online. However, if I start including the online reviews in this competition, there would be no way to properly monitor every review and get this competition out on time. Therefore, I have to only accept compliments made into the actual magazine. :/

      • I didn’t know there was a difference between what was printed and what was online. I don’t blame you there, but it’s good to know going forward.

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