2013 Golden GIFs: People’s Choice & Final Vote

It’s time to close the book on the year, but before you get all auld lang on me, the cinephiles among us have some very important unfinished business. In two earlier posts, which you can revisit by following this hyperlink and this one, we unrolled the preliminary lists of nominees for the 2013 Golden GIF Awards. They were preliminary because we were confident that readers would pick up the slack and come up with some outstanding nominees of their own. In this final post, we present those additional nominees — the People’s Choice List — and add them to our final ballot.

Added by People’s Choice to the BEST GIF – MUSICAL OR COMEDY category:

Beer Catch

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BEST GIF – DRAMA:

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Eephus

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BEST DIRECTOR:

Anonymous, Longo 3D

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Drew Sheppard, Miggy Covers the Plate

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BEST ACTOR – MUSICAL OR COMEDY:

Jose Fernandez

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Koji Uehara

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BEST ACTOR – DRAMA:

Cliff Lee

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – MUSICAL OR COMEDY:

Jose Fernandez

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR – DRAMA:

Hector Gimenez

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John Buck

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Psycho Jays Fan

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BEST ACTRESS / SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Korean Rhythmic Gymnast

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BEST BAT FLIP – MUSICAL OR COMEDY:

Choi Jun-Seok’s Foul Ball

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BEST BAT FLIP – DRAMA:

Yoenis Cespedes

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14 Responses to “2013 Golden GIFs: People’s Choice & Final Vote”

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  1. Mario Mendoza says:

    Come on, you gotta put em all in one place.

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  2. Mario Mendoza says:

    Toughest category for me: best supporting actor – drama. Had to go with Horgan, but so many good ones.

    Where is Voglebach’s dramatic bat flip? Is it because it’s not from this year?

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  3. Mario Mendoza says:

    best director HAS to go to Sheppard. “Did you catch that” is nice, but not thanks to the director. Sheppard basically reinvented the GIF/invented sliced bread/created a wormhole in the space time-continuum/gave us a new narcotic.

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  4. Eminor3rd says:

    That Hector Giminez one is one of my favorites all-time.

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  5. tz says:

    Unless I’m mistaken, there’s nothing in the rule book against using the Korean gymnast’s motion in an actual game.

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  6. Maverick Squad says:

    The Korean Rythmic Gymnast- the pitch itself isn’t too bad- she gets it to the catcher- better than most first pitch throwers.

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  7. Cub Ford says:

    Shin Soo-ji’s mechanics are less worrisome than Chris Sale’s.

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  8. RA Rowe says:

    Psycho Jays fan is such an ambassador of Canadian virtue

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  9. Nicholi says:

    Joe Nathan drumming on his cup during the ASG!

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  10. jrogers says:

    If I’m doing my physics 1 calcs right, there’s no way a 22 kph pitch makes it farther than 4 meters, much less all the way to the plate. No matter how many air currents, gyro effects, etc. you add.

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    • Darkstone42 says:

      I checked your work. You’re right that a 22 km/h pitch doesn’t make it to home plate. Estimating initial release point at 5.5 feet (1.68 m) and the height across the plate at 3 feet (0.91 m), and an initial release angle of 45 degrees, I calculated a vacuum velocity of a little under 50 km/h for the pitch shown there. Checking my work further with a more rudimentary approximation of simply timing the pitch and estimating the full distance traveled on the trajectory, I actually got an even faster velocity, just under 60 km/h.

      However, at the very peak of the trajectory, the ball is at its slowest at an estimated 30 km/h, so when the radar gun picked up the ball’s speed, its internal error, and the errors involved in the calculations I did here lead me to say that the gif is not bunk, and that at some point during the baseball’s flight, it may have been going 22 km/h, or thereabouts.

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