TRAVERSE CITY — Blame it on Steven Spielberg.
Most of the dozens who scored in the top tier of this year’s Traverse City Record-Eagle Oscars contest thought the esteemed director was a shoo-in for Best Director with “Lincoln.” That’s where they went wrong.
Alice Poertner of Traverse City was among them. But she got all of the other answers correct to take first place. She also won top honors in the State Theatre’s own Oscars contest. Since the prizes for both contests were the same — a one-year all-access pass for two to the State Theatre — the Traverse City Film Festival’s Deb Lake said Poertner’s pass will be good for two years.
“We’re going to the movies,” said Poertner, an avid film buff.
Other prize winners in the Record-Eagle contest include:
n Jodi Stinnet, Traverse City: second place, winner of two 2013 passes at Frankfort’s Garden Theater
n William Lockwood, South Boardman: third place, winner of a 26-week, seven-day subscription to the Record-Eagle and two Carmike movie passes
n Carrie Dunklow, Lake Leelanau: fourth place, four passes, popcorn and pop at the Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay
n Jill Baier, Kingsley: sharing fifth place, four Carmike movie passes
n Joe Manguno, Interlochen: sharing fifth place, four Carmike movie passes
About 350 people entered this year’s contest. The State Theatre, Garden Theater in Frankfort, Carmike Cinemas and Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay joined the Record-Eagle in sponsoring the contest and donating prizes.