The Sketchys 2013 Round-Up

We covered a lot of ground in January and I wanted to take the time to put in a bit of context. I do these awards like this because my opinions are easily dismissed without explanation. If I just post my Best Actor list, for example, I'm dismissed as a loon who doesn't watch films. My tastes are outside the norm, sure, but I know my stuff. I saw well over 100 new releases in 2013. I didn't review all of them because I had given up on attempting to attain membership in the online critics groups that required certain formatting, scoring, and frequency of posting to even qualify for consideration. I'm no longer going to review everything I see because I can do better work writing about films and media I'm passionate about than writing about everything.

With the Sketchys, I get to define the context of the awards. I get to explain why I think films that didn't even get enough of a theatrical release to be considered for the Academy Awards are better than films nominated all over the place. I get to include anime in TV coverage and books that would never be reviewed by the New York Times in print awards. Best of all, I get to go with my instincts, removed from critical consensus, to remind you (or even introduce you) of great media that got eclipsed by splashier campaigns right alongside the big budget productions that are really worth the hype.

Here's a breakdown of all the media receiving multiple nominations within or across fields, plus a final listing of all the categories.


American Mary (Film)

The Bling Ring (Film)

Stoker (Film)


Short Term 12 (Film)


DWV (Music, one four each of their songs in 2013)

Frances Ha (Film)

Only God Forgives (Film)


The East (Film)

Gone Home (PC)

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (book)

Inside Llewyn Davis (Film)

The Stanley Parable (PC, Mac)


12 Years a Slave (Film)

Antiviral (Film)

BioShock: Infinite (PC, Mac, PS3, XBOX360)

Blackfish (Film)

Blue Jasmine (Film)

Cartoon Hangover/Bee and PuppyCat (web series)

Escape from Tomorrow (Film)

Frozen (Film)

Gravity (Film)

EDIT: The cast of Hands on a Hardbody (Music, announced as album winner without album post)

The Last of Us (PS3)

M.I.A. (Music, announced as album winner without album post)

Much Ado About Nothing (Film)

Orange is the New Black (TV)

EDIT: The cast of the Broadway revival of Pippin (Music, announced as album winner without album post)

Pokemon X/Y (3DS)

Tropes vs. Women in Video Games (web series)

Warm Bodies (Film)

The World's End (Film)


Best Books Best Comics Best Video Games Video Game Superlatives Best TV Best Music Videos Best Songs/Albums Best Films Best Male Actors Best Female Actors Film Superlatives Part 1 Film Superlatives Part 2 Best Web Series Artists of the Year

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