Here is a little inside baseball on how a goofy idea comes into the world.
Step 1. The Academy Awards approach. When it’s Oscar Time, people always look for ways to connect. People compare politicians to movies, compare foods to movies, compare old movies to new movies, etc.
Step 2: Someone notices that “Best Pitcher” sounds just like “Best Picture.”
Step 3: Everybody kind of laughs about this irrelevant but funny coincidence.
Step 4: Then someone says, “You know, we should do our own Baseball Oscars with ‘Best Pticher,” being our final category.
Step 5: Everybody kind of laughs at this ridiculous idea, until they realize that the person is serious. “Yeah,” that someone says, “‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ could be ‘Best Every Day Player.'”
Step 6: Then someone, hoping to humor the crazy person, said: “Sure, Best Director could be best manager.”
Step 7: And the first someone says, “Absolutely! Hey, Best Cinematography could best stadium?
Step 8: And someone points out, rightly, “Uh, cinematography has nothing to do with stadiums.”
Step 9: First someone doesn’t listen and is now thinking that Best Animated Feature could be best mascot.
Step 10: Then several someones says, “Wait, we’re really doing this?”
Srep 11: But it’s too late, and in an effort to find an Oscar category for best general manager — well, production design sort of relates to general manager.
Step 12: No it doesn’t.
Step 13: Well, sort of, I mean, general managers design teams.
Step 14: Various people now shake their heads and go back to do real work.
Step 15: Couldn’t “Best Visual Effects” relate to best in-game entertainment, like the Brewers Sausage Race and the Seventh Inning Stretch at Wrigley?
Step 16: No.
Step 17: Yes! And best Costume Design is obviously best uniforms, right?
Step 18: Nobody is listening.
And this is how the Oscar Azocars, named for the delightful free-swinger Oscar Azocar, came to being. You can vote for all 10 categories here. Groans are optional.
Oh, I forgot two steps:
Step 19: I ask Michael Schur to do a PosCast where we go over all the Oscar Azocar nominations and predict the winners.
Step 20: He unwisely says yes. Now available on iTunes, Stitcher and right here: