Complete bracket (click to enlarge)

Summary[edit | edit source]

The inaugural March Madness event in 2018 was an intensely fought contest. During the month-long battle royale, passions ran high on the reddit forums and on twitter. Past guests of the show got involved too by running public campaigns in support of their favored candidates, or occasionally even going negative.

As the weeks went on, Blankies began to vote en masse in strange and unexpected ways, and as the field narrowed certain directors picked up support from voters who had championed vanquished candidates. The two midweek minisodes March Madness 2018 Recap - Round 1 and March Madness 2018 Recap - Round 3 serve as a good record of those developments as they happened.

Eventually Nancy Meyers emerged as the champion! Notably she increased her margin of victory in every single round, with more and more voters jumping onto the bandwagon. The 18th seed turned into a juggernaut, and steamrolled the #1 seed in the Finals. The resulting miniseries was Something's Podda Cast, in the fall of 2018.

MARCH MADNESS RULES[edit | edit source]

  • polls post on Twitter @blankcheckpod at or around 10PM EST/ 7PM PST
  • polls are open for 24 hours, new poll daily through 3/31/2018
  • winner = we cover this fall! (~October 2018)
  • loser ≠ we never cover them
  • missing your fave director? they might be 1 of the 2 we have lined up through September

First Round Matchups[edit | edit source]

1 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
1 David Fincher 72%
32 Bob Fosse 28%

2,338 total votes

2 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
16 Alfonso Cuaron 49%
17 Robert Altman (1970's) 51%

2,501 total votes

3 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
8 Gore Verbinski 69%
25 John Singleton 31%

2,159 total votes

4 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
9 Guillermo del Toro 63%
24 Baz Luhrmann 37%

1,918 total votes

5 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
4 Peter Jackson 62%
29 Hal Ashby 38%

1,823 total votes

6 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
13 George Miller 57%
20 John McTiernan 43%

2,720 total votes

7 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
5 Steven Spielberg (pre-Oscar) 48%
28 Martin Brest 52%

1,903 total votes

8 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
12 Sofia Coppola 56%
21 Danny Boyle 44%

1,984 total votes

9 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
2 Paul Thomas Anderson 53%
31 Don Bluth 47%

3,291 total votes

10 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
15 Terry Gilliam 48%
18 Nancy Meyers 52%

1,873 total votes

11 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
7 Joe Dante 51%
26 Nora Ephron 49%

1.764 total votes

12 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
10 Sam Raimi 72%
23 Warren Beatty 28%

1,991 total votes

13 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
3 Wes Anderson 49%
30 Elaine May 51%

2,322 total votes

14 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
14 Michael Mann 70%
19 Terrence Malick 30%

2,134 total votes

15 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
6 Michael Bay 36%
27 Amy Heckerling 64%

2,218 total votes

16 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
11 Darren Aronofsky 42%
22 Luc Besson 58%

1,713 total votes

Sweet Sixteen Matchups[edit | edit source]

17 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
1 David Fincher 57%
17 Robert Altman (1970's) 43%

2,077 total votes

18 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
8 Gore Verbinski 49%
9 Guillermo del Toro 51%

4.236 total votes

19 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
4 Peter Jackson 46%
13 George Miller 54%

2,254 total votes

20 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
28 Martin Brest 44%
12 Sofia Coppola 56%

2,111 total votes

21 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
2 Paul Thomas Anderson 47%
18 Nancy Meyers 53%

2,870 total votes

22 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
7 Joe Dante 38%
10 Sam Raimi 62%

2,737 total votes

23 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
30 Elaine May 33%
14 Michael Mann 67%

1,942 total votes

24 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
27 Amy Heckerling 55%
22 Luc Besson 45%

1,982 total votes

Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

25 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
1 David Fincher 59%
9 Guillermo del Toro 41%

2,187 total votes

26 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
13 George Miller 54%
12 Sofia Coppola 46%

2,073 total votes

27 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
18 Nancy Meyers 56%
10 Sam Raimi 44%

4,528 total votes

28 March 2018

Seed Subject Vote %
14 Michael Mann 55%
27 Amy Heckerling 45%

2,182 total votes

Semifinals[edit | edit source]

29 March 2018[edit | edit source]

Seed Subject Vote %
1 David Fincher 53%
13 George Miller 47%

3,342 total votes

30 March 2018[edit | edit source]

Seed Subject Vote %
18 Nancy Meyers 58%
14 Michael Mann 42%

3,350 total votes

Championship[edit | edit source]

31 March 2018[edit | edit source]

Seed Subject Vote %
1 David Fincher 41%
18 Nancy Meyers 59%

3,810 total votes


There you have it, folks! The votes are in, the tournament is over, and Nancy Meyers is the Blankies' Choice for March Madness 2018!

The Blank Check miniseries on her filmography -- Something's Podda Cast -- appeared in October 2018.

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