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By M. Scott Morris
Daily Journal
TUPELO – A week ago, Hollywood rewarded its big winners during the 81st Academy Awards.
Now, it’s time to honor winners of the Mighty Daily Journal’s sixth Pick the Flicks Oscar contest.
Of about 150 entries, six people voted in lockstep with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
We don’t have a red carpet, a band or movie stars, but we have the Pick the Flicks Coffee Cup of Oscar Glory.
Judy Putt, Pick the Flicks’ patron saint and copyeditor, drew three names.
“This is my easiest job of the day,” said Putt, who looked ravishing in a blue ensemble of shirt, pants and jacket. (She refused to identify the designer.)
First prize goes to Terry Helms, a 45-year-old from Saltillo. He gets copies of all five Best Picture nominees.
“During the awards, I was checking them off as they won,” Helms said. “I was hoping I would get a call.”
Helms did research on the Internet and looked to the Golden Globe Awards to help with his picks. He saw “Slumdog Millionaire” and understood why it was a favorite.
“It was something I had never seen before,” he said. “I thought it would also be something the Academy had never seen.”
Tim Twitty, 51, of Belmont took second prize, and he’ll get copies of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Frost/Nixon” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”
“I had a little bit of help from Entertainment Weekly,” he said, “which is sort of my entertainment bible.”
For third place, we travel out West to Denver to find Paul Jarnagin, 39. He said he’ll take a copy of “Slumdog Millionaire” because “it was the quality film of the pack and ‘The Dark Knight’ wasn’t nominated.”
Jarnagin, Twitty, Helms and everyone else are welcome to try again next year for Pick the Flicks VII. Maybe the Mighty Daily Journal will spring for a red carpet or a kazoo by then.
Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal .com.

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