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Part one of the first round of our Christmas movie tournament is now closed! Now we're on to part two: the classics. Results from both parts of round 1 will be released tomorrow. As before, these movies have been carefully seeded and their ranking in no way relates to the fact that I've only seen about half of them. As before, cast your vote below for as many or as few movies as your heart desires. The polls will close tomorrow at 4pm EST 3pm EST. And by all means, go forth and argue about it in the comments!


UPDATE: Results are in! 246 people voted in this part of the round.

Match 9: A surprisingly good showing for a movie routinely deemed "one of the worst movies ever made," but not good enough. No surprises here. Final results:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 animated version): 223 votes (93%)
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: 16 votes (7%)

Match 10: Though Meet Me in St. Louis came highly-recommended, it wasn't enough to push it through to the next round. Final results:

A Christmas Carol (1951 Alastair Sim version): 153 votes (68%)
Meet Me in St. Louis: 72 votes (32%)


Match 11: I'm going to assume you all just haven't seen Scrooged, not that you're horrible people. Go watch Scrooged. Final results:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: 143 votes (61%)
Scrooged: 92 votes (39%)

Match 12: Though it breaks my heart to say it, Emmet Otter and his furry friends just couldn't hold their own against the gremlins. It's like the talent show all over again. Final results:

Gremlins: 154 votes (70%)
Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas: 65 votes (30%)

Match 13: I'll admit to drastically under-seeding A Christmas Story, leading to this rough match. Alas, it was a bad day to be a Muppet on GT. Final results:

A Christmas Story: 142 votes (59%)
A Muppet Family Christmas: 98 votes (41%)

Match 14: I'm told that hearts were broken over this pairing, but I think the point spread here justifies my low initial seeding of Die Hard. Final results:

A Charlie Brown Christmas: 159 votes (67%)
Die Hard: 79 votes (33%)

Match 15: At one point this race was down to a single vote, but eventually Frosty went to his animated demise. No one was sad. (Actually, a lot of people were sad, but I couldn't hear their cries over the sound of those goddamn thumpity-thump-thumps.) Final results:

It's A Wonderful Life: 139 votes (59%)
Frosty the Snowman: 98 votes (41%)

Match 16: In the words of EisenBolan, this match was "like having the Williams sisters face off in the first round of Wimbledon." I suspect that Holiday Inn's relative obscurity is what ultimately did it in. Final results:

Miracle on 34th Street (1947 black-and-white version): 179 votes (80%)
Holiday Inn: 45 votes (20%)


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