When the Academy Award nominations were announced in 2002, I thought I’d have a bit of fun with a report on the announcement.
It was all sensible of course, but I subtly favored one film over another, with a headline, which was published, that read like a soccer score.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring had won 13 nominations while it’s box office competitor Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone only nabbed three nominations. My headline was “Rings 13 — Potter 3”, as if The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring had won against Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by 13 goals to three.
My intention was so subtly put that no one probably got it. Yet I was writing for the audience, because some readers favored The Lord of the Rings over Harry Potter. So, I made it into a soccer score!