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The Oscar Caption Contest Results

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BILL WOLFF, announcer: This is NPR.


We put out the challenge on our blog and you did respond. Our caption writing contest from Oscar night got a huge response. I have to imagine - I'm glad I wasn't sitting in on having to decide who won the caption contest. Two people who were involved with that process, our Web editor, Laura Conaway, and producer, Caitlin Kenney. And they're in the studios to tell us what happened. Hey, guys.


It was pretty hard to decide. But there was about, we got over a thousand responses to our captioning contest.


KENNEY: Which is great. And people were so creative, they were so funny and original, literally, we spent, you know, at least an hour-and-a-half going through these trying to decide. And fighting, like, this one's better. No, I think that one's better. It was just really hard to choose. And I definitely have to give props out there to Twitter Nation. I put out the call actually while the Oscars were going on, I was on the Twitter, and those comments just started flooding in. The Twitters were all over this contest.

STEWART: It was actually really fun to do. And it's so funny, 'cause you go on and you thought you had the wittiest comment, and one of our listeners had beat it to us already. I kept wanting to put one down, and I'm like, oh, they're way funnier than I am.

KENNEY: Yeah. There were some common themes, but some people really hit it out of the park.


KENNEY: Let me share a few of them with you.

STEWART: Please.

KENNEY: There's one picture of one of the Coen brothers talking to Scorsese, and they're holding - both of them have their hands on the Oscar.

STEWART: In kind of a death grip.

(Soundbite of laughter)

KENNEY: Yeah. It's like they're fighting. So the winning caption we chose for that one was from James Wax, and it was, though it was Coen's night, Scorsese out-spectacles him once again. Because, of course, Martin Scorsese has those huge glasses, huge.

A runner-up for that one was, thinking that he was actually the recipient and not the presenter, Henry Kissinger attempted to wrestle the Nobel Prize from winner Ethan Coen.

(Soundbite of laughter)


That's good.

KENNEY: That one's from AJ Sours. Some others ones we like. There was a picture of Katherine Heigl, and she a very bright tan.


MARTIN: A rosy hue.

STEWART: What is that, anyway? Somebody did her - when they sprayed on that tan, they did it twice and went twice is twice as nice, 'cause she was bronze.


A double coat.

KENNEY: so a couple of the entries we had for that were for best results bake for 30 minutes at 425 degrees...

(Soundbite of laughter)


KENNEY: ...from Dan Sturdevant. Also 27 trips to the tanning salon, from Kevbo. Of course, a reference to her movie.

One of the pictures that brought some of the more interesting comments is a picture of Hugh Welchman who won the Oscar for Peter and the Wolf. And he was holding sort of a creepy looking doll in his hands. I have to confess, some of the comments we got on that were a little inappropriate.

(Soundbite of laughter)

KENNEY: But there were some funny ones too: say hello to my little friend; I won the Owen Wilson look-alike contest and all I got was this Luke Wilson doll.

MARTIN: (Unintelligible) That ones funny.

KENNEY: 'Cause he really did look like Owen Wilson in the picture, too. That was great. And of course there was the infamous picture of Helen Mirren which looked like she was almost pole dancing. She had her hand on a red pole, and she started swinging around it. And people went nuts for that one. And of course made references to Diablo Cody who won for "Juno" who has sort of a infamous past as a stripper.


KENNEY: So they asked, Diablo, is this how you do it? My stripper name is Dame Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison.

STEWART: Oh, no.

(Soundbite of laughter)

KENNEY: And Helen Mirren practices for the after party.

CONAWAY: You guys are tough out there.

STEWART: But funny. Thanks for sharing those, Caitlin.

KENNEY: No problem.

CONAWAY: So I actually have a listener comment that I would like to nominate for sort of an after the Oscars award for best screenplay in three sentences.


CONAWAY: It has to do with our segment yesterday about lickable ads in magazines. The person writes about being on an airplane with someone who seemed a little unusual to her from the start. And she writes: Suddenly he pulled the in-flight magazine out of the seat pocket, opened it up and sneezed into it. Then he put it back in the seat pocket. I have never touched a magazine in a public place since then, and I sure wouldn't lick one.

(Soundbite of laughter)

CONAWAY: Award, please.

MARTIN: Amen, sister. That's all I got to say. Amen. I'm not doing it either.

STEWART: All right. You can read about - 'cause a lot of the comments were very, very funny.


STEWART: The Oscar pictures comments.

KENNEY: And still bring 'em in. We closed the contest, but if you have some funny ones you want to submit, feel free. Post them on the blog.

STEWART: All right. You can find us online at or That magazine story, that's going to haunt me all day.

CONAWAY: I know.

MARTIN: Laura and Caitlin, thanks a lot.

CONAWAY: Thank you.

MARTIN: Thanks you guys.

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