The NFL season has officially concluded with the Kansas City Chiefs repeating as back-to-back Super Bowl champions.With 22 weeks with games now in the books, we now go into hibernation for the next long, arduous 7 months until September 5th for opening kickoff night again. While it may be what’s now a year-long sport in terms of news with offseason transactions, draft rumors, and training camp buzz, there’s always a sense of gloomy finality with this chapter closing where the year felt like a movie.

The Super Bowl itself, from the glitz and glamor of Vegas, the theatrical 25-22 overtime victory, and the romantic celebration from two of the largest American pop culture figures in history, WAS essentially a film we all watched together (there were even jokes about logging and viewing the big game on the film review website, Letterboxd). Some may even argue that the ending was scripted and planned like a cinematic masterpiece for the league; it was too good to be true! In the spirit of the Academy Awards and our fan-viewing experience, let’s recap the most-watched event of the year with some awards in the Oscars of Super Bowl LVIII.

Best Actor in a Leading Role- Patrick Mahomes

The narrative all week heading into the game was that the San Francisco 49ers were far and away the much better team, but while the Chiefs struggled all season with the worst supporting cast they’ve had in their dynastic run of 3 Super Bowls in 6 years, no one wanted to bet against Patrick Mahomes; with the supporting cast that he had, leading the league in drops all season long where we felt validated to doubt their chances of making the Super Bowl, it’s now cemented that we should never doubt him and Andy Reid on a football field again unless the circumstances are absolutely extreme. There was an inevitability when he led the game-winning drive in overtime as the 49ers fans felt their impending doom after only managed a field goal on the previous possession. In 13 plays, he went 8-8 for 42 yards and ran for 19 on a critical 3rd and 1 on their 75-yard touchdown drive. He’s won his third Super Bowl MVP at just 28 and each roster was almost entirely different in the way that the succeeded aside from him and Andy Reid. He’s pre-Phantom Thread Daniel Day-Lewis where the award is always going to go to him, and we may have over a decade more of it.

Best Supporting Actor- Chris Jones

Just five days after the Chiefs lost their opening game to the Detroit Lions, defensive tackle Chris Jones ended his holdout for a contract, attempting to be one of the highest-paid defensive players ever, and rejoined the team on a 1-year deal for $19.5 million. The ripple effects of this season had he not settled would have been monstrous- as Mahomes struggled to put together anything of note with his skill players, the Chiefs had to create their identity through the Steve Spagnuola defense, and that began and ended with Chris Jones and his pass-rushing superpowers, getting better as each game goes on and making life impossible for the quarterbacks. He made a game-saving play in overtime to prevent a touchdown by going unblocked, and the chore of always being aware of where he is on the field rattled the Niners. He’s truly earned whatever dollar amount he wants this offseason.

Best Supporting Actress- Taylor Swift

Make no mistake, though it says supporting, let’s be real: Taylor Swift was the lead here for defying the reach of normal NFL fans and viewership; she wins the award because it genuinely felt like she was having the time of her life supporting Travis Kelce in what may be on its way to being the most well-known relationship in modern American history. She has nothing to gain from going to games in Kansas City, Missouri, yet she’s been in the press box screaming and yelling even in meaningless games like those against the Jets and Patriots. She’s flying from Japan overnight to chug a beer on the screen with Kelce’s family and friends and in subzero temperatures in some cases. The toxic masculine gatekeepers of the sport, disgusted with anything not having to do with the gridiron, are in shambles as this was in reality a true romance movies are capable of creating as they shared their embrace midfield. Who knows how many future Travis’s and Taylor’s will be named going forward.

Best Director- Roger Goodell

Roger Goodell, you’ve done it again. Getting a large west coast market franchise that’s one of the most-iconic in sports to face off against a dynasty with a superstar quarterback playing with a tight end dating the most famous popstar in the world and go to overtime in a thriller before the romantic sweet victory celebration is just some brilliant theatrical directing, sir. That’s why you’re the commissioner.

Best (or, in this case, worst) Adapted Screenplay- Kyle Shanahan

Unfortunately, for Kyle Shanahan, this was not an original work that we hadn’t seen written before, but rather an adapted one from his previous big-game unfortunate losses or blown leads. It’s a tragic tale for someone with a top-5 offense 5 years in a row and now has an 8-4 playoff record.

He also has 3 Super Bowl losses, one being the 28-3 blown lead in Atlanta, a 10-point blown lead in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl LIV, and now a 10-point blown lead in this one.

In the biggest game of the year, it’s a story he’s unfortunately adapted from his past. His critics will give him the same treatment that he’s gotten season after season. This to a lesser-extent was the Andy Reid script until he drafted Mahomes and is now rightly where he belongs as one of the best coaches of the sport’s history now having three rings, but until Shanahan finally does it, those voices will be just as loud as they’ve always been.

Best Animated Feature Film- The Spongebob Squarepants “Sweet  Victory”

After the mere tease of the Bubble Bowl song during the Travis Scott performance years ago with just the trumpets, the Nickelodeon broadcast finally gave the people what they wanted: Spongebob playing “Sweet Victory” before the game, and it was accompanied by the Chiefs and 49ers players shredding air guitars. Every child of the 90’s can die in peace.

Best Costume Design- Usher as Cleatus

Speaking of nostalgia, the Usher halftime show played all the hits, from bringing out Lil John and Ludacris to playing club music that you listened to on your CD Player or iPod Nano. However, the biggest nostalgia play was Usher dressing in a black and blue outfit that may have been a hat-tip to Cleatus, the absurd robot mascot for the NFL on FOX production that raised us all.Usher Jacket Super Bowl Black and Blue

Photo: Character Wikia / Getty Images
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