Welcome back to Circuit Madness 2017! We’re back and there are certainly some shakeups to get to in the bracket. Now we’re in the Circuit Madness 2017 Elite 8, and we’re tightening up a lot of the races. The Sweet 16 was much closer than many were expecting, so get ready to have some more shocking upsets as we go through the results. Let’s get started!
Circuit Madness 2017 Sweet 16 Results
The Newman Division
Up to this point, we’ve had a couple big shakeups in this division with “Atonement” continuing its Cinderella story as a 14-seed into the Sweet 16. It matched up against “Brokeback Mountain” in a battle between sweeping epics. Only one could move on, and it seems the readers couldn’t quit “Brokeback Mountain,” which edged out “Atonement” in a 53 percent to 47 percent matchup.
On the other side of the bracket, “Lawrence of Arabia” had its hands full with the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast.” The Disney film has done some real damage so far, knocking off both “Aladdin” and “Ben-Hur” to get here. The matchup against “Lawrence” is almost funny considering the path it has taken to this point. Despite being the lower seed, “Beauty and the Beast” continues its run, beating up “Lawrence of Arabia” 68 percent to 32 percent. This sets up a matchup between “Beauty and the Beast” and “Brokeback Mountain” for the champion of the division.
Modern film audiences certainly have an affinity for John Williams, and given his career, it is hard to fault them. At this point in the tournament, he still has three scores alive, and two of them are present in his own division. First up, “Jaws” took on “Gravity,” which barely made it past “The Hateful Eight” last round. “Jaws” easily topped the 13th-seeded film, 73 percent to 27 percent and moves on to the Elite 8.
Meanwhile, “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” had a bit of a stumble in the second round. “The Social Network” pushed hard against the classic sci-fi film, coming up just short of an upset. With “E.T.” a bit unstable, “Dances with Wolves” looked to capitalize. However, it was also no match for Mr. Williams’ prowess, and “E.T.” easily moved on, 79 percent to 21 percent. Unsurprisingly, this sets up Williams against Williams in the final of the Williams bracket, with “Jaws” taking on “E.T.” for bragging rights. Spielberg must be thrilled.
On the opposite side of the bracket, the Portman Division is also without its No.1 seed. “The Godfather Part 2” dropped in the second round to “The Lion King,” which continues to make its own Cinderella run. After knocking off a first-seeded film, can it really be that surprising anymore? It went up against the last fan-voted seed left in the tournament, “The Sound of Music.” Simba and pals proved to be way too much for the Van Trapp family, cruising on to a 74 percent to 26 percent victory.
Meanwhile, a battle between fantasy films occurred lower in the bracket. “The Wizard of Oz” has had a pretty strong run in the tournament to this point, winning one round by 80 points, and knocking off “Chariots of Fire” on the way. However, it runs into the modern fantasy epic, “The Fellowship of the Ring.” It looks like Frodo threw water on “Oz’s” chances, with a 73 percent to 27 percent victory lap over the classic film. This sets up a battle between “The Fellowship of the Ring” and “The Lion King” in the Elite 8.
Last up is the Steiner division. The juggernaut so far in the tournament has been “Star Wars“ which dismantled both “An American in Paris“ and “The Little Mermaid” already. It went up against the Pixar favorite “Up” in this round, but the results remain one-sided. “Star Wars” goes home with the victory, 78 percent to 22 percent. At 78 percent, this is the worst “Star Wars” has done yet. Probably good news for the crowd favorite.
Finally, a battle between two films with 14 Oscar nominations took place in the other matchup. “La La Land” continues to have momentum in the tournament after its devastating Best Picture loss. “Titanic” is still seen as the perfect romance film for many. The two are certainly beloved by readers, and in another one-vote battle, they cut it down to the wire. With a 50.65 percent to 49.35 percent victory, “La La Land” continues an impressive run. This sets up “La La Land” vs. “Star Wars” in the Elite 8 showdown.
Circuit Madness 2017 Elite 8 Voting Opens