2013 Golden GIFs: Nominees Announced!

‘Tis the season for commemorating achievement in filmmaking — and we at NotGraphs never miss a chance to participate in a cultural event (or a chance to hurl a barrage of animated bitmaps at your helpless computers). Therefore, we have decided to jump on board with our very own awards show. For the first annual Golden GIFs Awards, we pored over hundreds of the most sensational, groundbreaking, and critically acclaimed GIFs of 2013, and ultimately divided them into ten categories. Although the initial plan was to produce a list of five nominees for each, we soon realized that there was simply too much outstanding GIFfery this year, and in a few of the categories in particular there was simply no way to reduce the list to five. It will come as no surprise to cinephiles of baseball that David Ortiz and Yasiel Puig head this year’s list, with no fewer than four of each man’s films receiving nods. Prince Fielder is close behind, with three nominations.

We also recognize that, despite our exhaustive search, there are surely a number of worthy GIFs that escaped our attention. Therefore, we are submitting the following as a preliminary list, and for the next week we will be accepting additional awards nominees for consideration in the Comments section. Once these have been considered, a final list will be produced and given back to you, the voters, for a final vote.

Stay tuned also for our companion awards show — where we will choose, in both Drama and Musical or Comedy categories, the Bat Flips of the Year.

BEST GIF – DRAMA

Gomez vs. McCann

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Harper vs. Wall

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Obstruction

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Victor’s Gem

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Wiffle Ball Hero

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BEST GIF – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Butt Slide

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Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow

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Catwalk Cole

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The Three Stooges on the South Side

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Nachos for Prince

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BEST DIRECTOR

Anonymous, Did You Catch That?

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Drew Sheppard, Pitches of Yu

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Bradley Woodrum, Jose Molina Super Toss

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Inski, D’Aoust & Slow, Baseball Card Pitch

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David G. Temple, SEO Magic: Gerrit Cole Throws 99-MPH GIF of Yasiel Puig Grand Slam

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BEST ACTOR – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Man Leaping into Bush

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Ian Kinsler

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Manny Ramirez

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Dioner Navarro

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Raul Ibanez

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Sergio Romo

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Yasiel Puig

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Jose Valverde

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BEST ACTOR – DRAMA

David Ortiz

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Dropped Ball Man

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Chad Qualls

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Josh Donaldson

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Hunter Pence

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – MUSICAL OR COMEDY

Fallen Cameraman

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Kruk’s Videobomber

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Dustin Pedroia

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David Ortiz

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Edwin Encarnacion’s Parrot

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Disoriented Fan

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – DRAMA

Jose Bautista’s Fans

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Steve Horgan

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David Ortiz

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Ball-Saving Dad

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Yunel Escobar

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Fallen Mets Fan

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BEST ACTRESS / SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Carly Rae Jepsen

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Dog Warming Girl

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Neil Diamond’s Slow Clapper

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Victim of Homer Ball Theft

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Unprotected Girlfriend

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gump
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gump

post of the year

CraigRWC
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CraigRWC

Epic post!

First suggestion I can think to add to this is the first great GIF of the year. The crazy bat guy from Toronto.

Andy
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Andy

That was my first thought too. An egregious omission, in my opinion.

Not that there aren’t good ones here, I just think that one’s better than a lot of these.

diehardmets
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diehardmets

No matter how many times I see it, the Jose Molina Super toss always cracks me up.

This
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This

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KB
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KB

Me too.

Daniel
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Daniel

that mets fan

reillocity
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reillocity

I love how Rosenthal looks back towards first as the guy is falling almost as if in response to sensing or hearing the tumble.

Jay29
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Jay29

Haha I commented exactly this when the GIF was first posted here.

triple_r
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This award is so great, it needs an acronym. I give you: the Greatness In GIfs This Year awards!

MDL
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MDL

This post needs a category for that Longoria HR gif…

MDL
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nil satis nisi optimum
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nil satis nisi optimum

May I propose a slight modification?

The “Greatness In Gifs In This Year” award, which is to say:
the GIGITY.

triple_r
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That was what I was getting at, hence the capitalization of the first two letters of “GIF”.

nil satis nisi optimum
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nil satis nisi optimum

hehe, I am dumb and didn’t notice that. My bad.

mttlg
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How can you have GIF awards without Shane Victorino? Here he is helping out future Yankee Jacoby Ellsbury with a fly ball.

Andy
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Andy

Or this one, where Koji high-fives everyone else and then gives Victorino special treatment.

mttlg
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Another favorite. Victorino deserves his own category.

John
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John

Wainwright staring that Game 1 pop up to the ground has got to be in there.

Steve
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Steve

I am in love with the Dog Warming Girl.

Mötley Yü
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Mötley Yü

Happiness is getting ahead of Pujols 0 and 5.

Mrs. Pierzynski
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Mrs. Pierzynski

Happiness is A.J.’s strategically located extra hand.

(Why else would I put up with a #$@! like him all these years?)

Andy
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Andy

I love that one, but in the interest of correctness, all of those aren’t Pujols. At least one of them is Trout.

Jeff
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Jeff

There are three critical omissions: Miguel Cabrera hitting 6 home runs and two insane Korean first pitches.

Bradley Woodrum
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Member

I want to thank the NotGraphs Academy for even considering my submission. I’m very pleased to be among this crop of great GIFs and great directors. And as always, big thanks to Johan von Gifflesson, without whom there would be no GIFs.

Jay29
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Jay29

Wrap it up already.

marco lepe
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marco lepe

Gregor Blanco is somehow in two of these.

sunshinethewerewolf
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sunshinethewerewolf

3 by my count. Cameos in the Gerrit Cole, Dioner Navarro, and Hunter Pence gifs.

J Church
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A couple I would suggest

1. Hector Gimenez… incredible dramatic reaction to Callaspo’s homer:comment image

2. Villain of the year for the lady who stole the ball from the girl in Houston

bobross
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bobross

You know how to not let a webpage load? Put 50 gif files on it.

john harvey
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john harvey

you forgot about john buck comforting matt harvey. that has to be included

Avi M (@AviMillerBSR)
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Avi M (@AviMillerBSR)

The Miguel Cabrera/Dustin Pedroia GIF reminded me of the other All Star Game moment worthy of nomination: Cliff Lee introduction face.

tz
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tz

Little known fact:

What Prince ate was not a nacho, but in fact was a $145 million Mega Millions ticket.

We (nor Prince) will never know if he ate a winning ticket and would have gotten rich.

Aaron
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Aaron

But Jean Segura:comment image

Embiggens Papiamentu
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Embiggens Papiamentu

It must have been a great year for GIFs for this to miss the cut.

Henry Rowengardner
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Henry Rowengardner

Two notable Jose Fernandez omissions, the jacket debacle and his reaction to the Giancarlo Stanton home run

triple-A city
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triple-A city

God. As amazing as all these noble gifs are, I just don’t think it gets any better than the “Did you just catch that??” The play was incredible and the reaction was one in a million.

reillocity
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reillocity

How about Safeco Field Beer Catch and Chug Guy?

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He could be up for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. And his prodding, enthusiastic sidekick could be up for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical or Comedy.

chiba
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chiba

Here’s a few from this year in Japan.

Daisuke Miura’s eephus from the all-star game which fooled the speed guncomment image
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Worse pitch bounces off the dirt and beans the catcher in the face, scoring a run from 3rdcomment image
From the WBC, Japan’s 3rd base coach gives a unique stop signcomment image

Embiggens Papiamentu
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Embiggens Papiamentu

Mississippi Matt Smith for 2013 Notgraphs MVP!

RA Rowe
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RA Rowe

This constellation of gifs will hereby be known as Matteus Mississipica Major

Matthew Bultitude
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Matthew Bultitude

The absence of the Miguel Cabrera 6-homer GIF in the Best Director category makes these awards look like a sham. DShep25 some love!

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KB
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KB

My favorite GIF from this year not on this list is the Cliff Lee Death Stare from the opening of the All-Star. My fav is definitely the Jose Molina supertoss.

Nathan Shields
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Nathan Shields

I wonder if someone in the Rays clubhouse will ever show Molina the gif of his Supertoss

Dylan
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Dylan

The Raul Ibanez one is killing me

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