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Posted at 4:35 PM ET, 04/ 7/2010

A pop culture bracketology round-up

By Jen Chaney

College basketball fans may still be washing the bad taste out of their mouths after watching the Duke Blue Devils win the NCAA Tournament earlier this week. (If you were rooting for Duke, I can only assume you: a. had major money on the game; b. are a Duke alumnus; or c. may be related to a Krzyzewski.)

"The Simpsons," which almost clinched a victory in Hulu's "Best in Show" bracket. (Fox via Reuters)

But cheer up, kids. For those of you fixated on final fours and obsessed with elite eights, there are other champions to celebrate and, in some cases, important tournaments still in progress. Because, as authors Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir demonstrated with their book, The Final Four of Everything, bracketology applies to all subjects. And that includes the subjects we cover in Celebritology.

Here are the results from some of the more interesting celebrity/pop culture brackets launched during March Madness 2010, as well as a status update on games still in progress.

Hulu teamed up with Entertainment Weekly to launch a "Best in Show" bracket, a series of head-to-head match-ups that led to the crowning of a TV champion. The winner was revealed Monday and it was ... "Lost," which eked out a victory over "The Simpsons." And this despite the fact that "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof admitted on Twitter that he voted for "The Simpsons." (EW also has a memorable pop culture moments of the last 25 Years bracket, where you can still cast your votes.)

ESPN Radio hosted a Superheroes vs. Supervillains bracket that, predictably, ended with a showdown between Batman and the Joker. Winner: Batman. Fun idea, though I liked Cinematical's Best Superhero Movie tournament from last summer a little more. (Winner: "The Dark Knight." Again with the Batman.)

Our own Reliable Source columnists, Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts, asked readers to vote in their annual gossip bracket, which crowns the champion of all dirt-dishing D.C. stories from the past year or so. You would think the White House gate-crashing Salahis, as the presumptive overall No. 1 seeds, would easily have won. But no, Chelsea Clinton's wedding somehow managed to take the tourney.

Games still in progress:

The Indiana Daily Student is taking a three-pronged approach to pop culture bracketology, with contests that center on television shows, film directors and musical artists of the moment. They're down to the final four in each category, but there's still time to pledge your allegiance to "Mad Men," Quentin Tarantino or Radiohead.

The Consumerist is using the bracket format to help you choose the worst company in America. Four rounds remain.

And over at Esquire, there is still much selecting to be done before a Sexiest Woman Alive is chosen. For some ridiculous reason, a new round is revealed only every three weeks. Which means we may crown the sexiest woman sometime before Labor Day. In any event, I'm still holding out hope that Helen Mirren -- who was leading Megan Fox in early voting -- manages to win the whole thing.

By Jen Chaney  | April 7, 2010; 4:35 PM ET
Categories:  Pop Culture  
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Comments featured a cake vs. pie bracket. I thought the underdog key lime pie could pull off a win over cheesecake in the regionals, but alas.

Incidentally, why does everyone hate Duke? Did Scheyer sneak into your house in the middle of the night and steal every other sock or something?

Posted by: ras4q | April 7, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

The Hulu contest was totally rigged, a tv critic had a vote that counted like 30% or more, so no matter how the people voted, his favorite show tended to win.

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