Oscar contest winners announced

Sharon Bargielsk, left, Ryan Claspill and Beverly Severance, at right, hold up their tickets awarded them for third, second and first place, respectively, in the recent News Tribune/Capital 8 Theaters Oscar Contest. The three were at Capital 8 Friday to retrieve their winnings.

Sharon Bargielsk, left, Ryan Claspill and Beverly Severance, at right, hold up their tickets awarded them for third, second and first place, respectively, in the recent News Tribune/Capital 8 Theaters Oscar Contest. The three were at Capital 8 Friday to retrieve their winnings. Photo by Julie Smith.

The Claspill family has a tradition of filling out the News Tribune/Capital 8 Theaters Oscar ballots together each winter.

They talk over the nominees and share their opinions when other family members haven’t seen some of the shows, said Ryan Claspill.

A college student preparing to buy his first home with his fiancée, Caitlin Bentlage, Claspill said he hasn’t seen as many movies lately as he would like.

But his listening skills paid off, as he was one of 35 entrants to answer all seven categories plus the tie-breaker correctly. Unfortunately, he and his mother Donna turned in matching answers, but it was his name drawn from the winners.

“This is extra special; now we can enjoy movies whenever we want,” Claspill said.

The theater counted 773 ballots this year.

Beverly Severance won 52 tickets and $100. Claspill received 52 tickets and $50. And Sharon Bargielsk took home 25 tickets and $25.

The winners had the following correct answers: best actor Matthew McConaughey, best actress Cate Blanchett, best supporting actor Jared Leto, best supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o, best picture “12 Years a Slave,” best documentary “20 Feet from Stardom,” and best animated feature “Frozen.”

The tie-breaker, which 11 correct ballots missed, was “The Great Beauty” for best foreign film.

The most difficult vote for Claspill was choosing McConaughey over his favorite actor Christian Bale in the best actor category.

“He (Bale) is excellent in everything he does; it was painful to vote against him,” Claspill said. “But I had to if I wanted to win.”

Severance, similarly, had to vote for the movie she expected to win best picture, rather than her favorite, “Blue Jasmine.”

“Cate Blanchett was perfect,” Severance said.

She also was pleased to see McConaughey win.

“I didn’t like him when he started out; he was playing silly roles,” she said. “Then, he turned into a good actor, or he took more serious roles.”

Nearly two dozen Oscar enthusiasts watched the awards show from Capital 8, complete with a red carpet and guests dressed in their best.

In between announcements, the theater also posed trivia questions about past Oscars, rewarding correct answers with prizes.

“The people in the theater were almost as excited as the people in the Oscars,” said shift manager Sarah Welschmeyer. “Cheering and applauding when the awards were given.”

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