This past weekend, for the first time since August, fans had to cope with a Sunday that didn’t have an NFL game attached to it.
For many, this surprising amount of free time led to watching the fresh and exciting XFL, a product that was received extremely well. For others, this was a time to catch up on all the movies they’d missed during the season, trying to get familiar with hyped up films before the Academy Awards hit.
Now, no matter how you spent your weekend, chances are you spent the tail end of it watching the aforementioned Oscars. Parasite and director Bong Joo Ho stole the show, with the movie winning best picture and claiming four (well deserved) awards.
Still, many (sadly) hadn’t yet seen the film, which led to some confusing and puzzled faces. For those who want to get in on the movie spirit but with a topic they’re much more invested in, I’ve got you covered. Imagining the Hollywood event purely from an NFL draft perspective, here are the REAL results from Sunday night at the Oscars.
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Joe Burrow
Is there any other option? Sure, Chase Young put together a remarkable season, but Joe Burrow is truly the only choice for this prestigious award. Commanding LSU to a national title and piling up video game numbers in the process, the Tiger quarterback was simply the best player/actor that college football had to offer. This is a slam-dunk decision.
Other nominees: Young, Derrick Brown, Isaiah Simmons
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
A great supporting actor is someone who helps compliment top stars, often not receiving the type of media attention they deserve, Clyde Edwards-Helaire fits this “unsung hero” role to perfection. On an LSU offense featuring Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson, the halfback was often lost in the shuffle, garnering less fan appreciation than he deserved. In a lot of ways, Edwards-Helaire was the main catalyst for the team, using his diverse skillset and incredible balance to dominate opponents. He also showed up huge in the biggest moments, something not uncommon among LSU players this past season.
Other nominees: Damon Arnette, Kristian Fulton, Marlon Davidson
Best Picture: Jedrick Wills vs. Auburn
There were admittedly a lot of contenders for best picture, as you could argue about a dozen different games for the award. A lot of fans will point to several spectacular performances from prospects like Burrow and Young, but I went a bit more in-depth with my choice here. Jedrick Wills was nearly flawless all season long, with an Auburn showdown in November epitomizing his exceptional year. Consistently mauling Alabama defenders, he showed off his patented foot quickness, displaying elite framing and superb movement skills all day long. It was the type of performance that cemented his status as a top-10 prospect.
Other nominees: Young vs. Wisconsin, Burrow vs. Oklahoma, Michael Pittman vs. Utah
Best Director: Ed Orgeron
A great director is someone who leads their cast to achieve their full potential. With his feisty demeanor and energetic personality, Ed Orgeron did just that for LSU this past eason. Leading the team to a national championship and an undefeated record, he also surrounded himself with quality coordinators, much like a director surrounds himself with great writers.
Other nominees: Dabo Swinney, Matt Rhule, Ryan Day
Best Screenwriter: Joe Brady
In this case, we’re treating a screenwriter like a coordinator or position coach. Taking over a lackluster LSU offense and completely revamping their aerial attack, Joe Brady is the only real option here. With his creative play-calling and successful spread formations, the passing game coordinator had a huge impact on the national champion Tigers.
Other nominees: Brent Venables, Alex Grinch, Brian Hartline
Best Performance in a Short Film: Joshua Uche
The combine has yet to happen, which means the only other pre-draft proceeding to take place was the Senior Bowl. Much like a short film, the purpose of the event is to get a quick glimpse of people and confirm or create new ideas. Measuring in longer than expected at putting on a dazzling display, Uche’s athletics and fluidity were both dominant down in Mobile, raising his stock into top-50 range.
Other nominees: Denzel Mims, Justin Herbert, Javon Kinlaw
Best Costume Design: UCLA
This may be the most controversial award, as every person has a different opinion on which team has the best “threads” in college football. With their classic blue and gold, however, you can never go wrong with UCLA’s classic uniforms, no matter how bad their team has gotten in recent years.
Other nominees: LSU, Oregon, Texas
Best Performance in an Animated Feature Film: Jerry Jeudy
Yes, animated films (or most films, for that matter) aren’t real life, so they must be treated with caution. Still, you can get a feel for themes while watching them, much like you can while watching prospect highlight tapes. By no means is it a good way to evaluate a player, but Youtube videos often showcase skill position prospects and their elite traits. Jerry Jeudy fits this bill, as his sharp jukes and wicked stop/start skills make for electrifying television.
Other nominees: Young, CeeDee Lamb, Jeffrey Okudah
Best Make-Up and Hairstyling: Trevor Lawrence
With hair almost as good as his game, Trevor Lawrence didn’t just get the nickname “sunshine” by accident.
Other nominees: Cole McDonald
Best Soundtrack: Ohio State Band
Consistently one of the top marching bands in America, Ohio State put together some great music this year, highlighted by a legendarySpongebob tribute in October.
Best Visual Effects: LSU Social Media
From filming insane hype videos to taking incredible shots of Burrow with his “Burreaux” jersey on, LSU revolutionized the social media game this past season. I’m not quite sure how they did it, but those Twitter interns deserve a hefty raise considering all the clicks and comments they produced over the year.