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March Madness 2020 was a virtual March Madness tournament held on the Blank Check twitter account for Blankies to vote on a director to be covered. The 2020 bracket had no seeds, and was Oscars vs. Razzies themed. The winning director was Robert Zemeckis and the resulting miniseries, Podcast Away, began in September 2020.

Summary[]

It's the 2020 March Madness event! Oscar winners vs. Razzie "winners!" At the same time on Blank Check: Special Features a corresponding tournament was hosted to determine the next franchise covered on the Patreon.

March Madness Rules[]

  • polls post on Twitter @blankcheckpod at or around NOON Eastern/ 9am Pacific/ 4pm Greenwich Mean Time (shoutout 🇬🇧)
  • polls are open for 24 hours, new poll daily through 3/31/2020
  • winner = covered in autumn 2020
  • Don't @ blankcheckpod about missing directors. These are the choices this year!
  • PLAY NICE!

Tournament[]

Full Blank bracket (click to enlarge)

First Round Matchups[]

1 March 2020

Subject Vote %
Coen Brothers 61%
Martin Scorcese 39%

twitter poll -- 10,709 total votes -- reddit thread

2 March 2020

Subject Vote %
Michael Bay 73%
Tom Green 27%

twitter poll -- 6,507 total votes -- reddit thread

3 March 2020

Mike Nichols 62%
Warren Beatty 38%

twitter -- 5,904 total votes -- reddit

4 March 2020

Michael Cimino 52%
Sylvester Stallone 48%

twitter -- 5,819 total votes -- reddit

5 March 2020

Peter Jackson 42%
Robert Zemeckis 58%

twitter -- 6,414 total votes -- reddit

6 March 2020

Kevin Costner 3179 votes 50%
Tom Hooper 3185 votes 50%

twitter -- 6,364 total votes -- reddit

7 March 2020

Alfonso Cuarón 58%
David Lean 42%

twitter -- 7,060 total votes -- reddit

8 March 2020

Guy Ritchie 49%
Prince 51%

twitter -- 7,356 total votes -- reddit

9 March 2020

Danny Boyle 67%
Anthony Minghella 33%

twitter -- 5,875 total votes -- reddit

10 March 2020

Martin Brest 66%
Dennis Dugan 34%

twitter -- 4,633 total votes -- reddit

11 March 2020

Milos Forman 33%
Bong Joon-Ho 67%

twitter -- 7,107 total votes -- reddit

12 March 2020

Bill Condon 52%
Peter Farrelly 48%

twitter -- 4,776 total votes -- reddit

13 March 2020

Guillermo del Toro 55%
William Friedkin 45%

twitter -- 6,284 total votes -- reddit

14 March 2020

Gus van Sant 45%
Barry Sonnenfeld 55%

twitter -- 5,261 total votes -- reddit

15 March 2020

Francis Ford Coppola 64%
Bob Fosse 36%

twitter -- 5,751 total votes -- reddit

16 March 2020

Elaine May 80%
Blake Edwards 20%

twitter -- 4,927 total votes -- reddit

Sweet Sixteen[]

17 March 2020

Subject Vote %
Coen Brothers 67%
Mike Nichols 33%

twitter -- 6,673 total votes -- reddit

18 March 2020

Subject Vote %
Michael Bay 55%
Michael Cimino 45%

twitter -- 6,216 total votes -- reddit

19 March 2020

Robert Zemeckis 64%
Alfonso Cuarón 36%

twitter -- 6,782 total votes -- reddit

20 March 2020

Tom Hooper 49%
Prince 51%

twitter -- 6,693 total votes -- reddit

21 March 2020

Danny Boyle 44%
Bong Joon-ho 56%

twitter -- 7,417 total votes -- reddit

22 March 2020

Martin Brest 54%
Bill Condon 46%

twitter -- 5,670 total votes -- reddit

23 March 2020

Guillermo del Toro 61%
Francis Ford Coppola 39%

twitter -- 9,912 total votes -- reddit

24 March 2020

Barry Sonnenfeld 52%
Elaine May 48%

twitter -- 7,128 total votes -- reddit

Quarterfinals[]

25 March 2020

Subject Vote %
Coen Brothers 49%
Robert Zemeckis 51%

twitter -- 15,034 total votes -- reddit

26 March 2020

Subject Vote %
Michael Bay 56%
Prince 44%

twitter -- 7,091 total votes -- reddit

27 March 2020

Bong Joon-ho 52%
Guillermo del Toro 48%

twitter -- 10,285 total votes -- reddit

28 March 2020

Martin Brest 40%
Barry Sonnenfeld 60%

twitter -- 6,763 total votes -- reddit

Semifinals[]

29 March 2020
Subject %
Robert Zemeckis 52%
Bong Joon-ho 48%

twitter -- 12,822 total votes -- reddit

30 March 2020
Subject %
Michael Bay 46%
Barry Sonnenfeld 54%

twitter -- 7.979 total votes -- reddit

Championship[]

31 March 2020
Robert Zemeckis 78%
Barry Sonnenfeld 22%

twitter -- 8,995 total votes -- reddit

Featured Episodes[]

The March Madness 2020 recap episodes appeared on Blank Check: Special Features.

# Title Link Guest(s) Length Date
SF50 March Madness 2020 Recap - Round 1 🔊 Unlisted:
Chip Smith
Ben Hosley
Angela Ferraguto
0:34 3/9/2020
SF52 March Madness 2020 Recap - Round 2 🔊 0:58 3/18/2020
SF54 March Madness 2020 Recap - Round 3 🔊 0:49 3/26/2020
SF56 March Madness 2020 Recap - Round 4 🔊 Chip Smith 0:38 4/2/2020
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