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The First Annual Garnet and Blackademy Awards

Which South Carolina stars will go home clutching Orrscar gold? (Steve Spurrier's middle name is Orr, you see.)

Tonight's the night that all of the stars and celebs descend upon glamorous Columbia, S.C. to celebrate the best achievements in athletic competition from the past year. That's right. It's time for the first annual Garnet And Blackademy Awards!

We don't want to drag things out like they do in Hollwywood, so let's get right to it.

Best Picture

The nominees...

South Carolina 5, Clemson 3

The Gamecocks trailed Clemson 3-1 heading into the top of the ninth, and the Tigers were one out away from staving off the sweep. But a four-run rally in the top of the ninth gave South Carolina the lead and Cody Mincey came on in the bottom of the ninth to close out the win.

South Carolina 72, Kentucky 67

At the tail end of a season in which the Gamecock basketball team did not show as much improvement as one might have hoped, no one was expecting South Carolina to hang with the No. 17 Kentucky Wildcats, much less beat them. But then a three-point halftime lead became a double-digit second half lead. Then John Calipari got ejected. Kentucky whittled the Gamecocks' lead down to three and the Wildcats showed renewed life down the stretch, but South Carolina held on for its first win over a ranked opponent in three years.

South Carolina 67, Georgia 56

The South Carolina women did not encounter very much drama on their way to an SEC Championship regular season championship, but this win clinched it in front of 10,000 plus screaming fans.

South Carolina 31, Clemson 17

During a five-year stretch in which South Carolina has beaten Clemson by double digits every time out, there haven't been many "good games." The 2013 edition of the Palmetto State grudge match was tied entering the fourth quarter, though, and the game remained in doubt until Pharoh Cooper lined up behind center and tossed a touchdown pass to Brandon Wilds to put the Gamecocks up by 14 late in the fourth quarter.

South Carolina 27, Missouri 24 (2 OT)

After falling behind 17-0, Connor Shaw entered the game in third quarter and led the Gamecocks to three scores that tied the game at 17 apiece and forced overtime. From there, Shaw connected with Bruce Ellington on an improbable touchdown pass on fourth-and-15, and Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett shanked a short-range field goal off the left upright to give South Carolina the win.

And the Orrscar goes to...

South Carolina 27, Missouri 24 (2 OT)

Best Director

The nominees...

Dawn Staley

Led South Carolina to a 26-3 overall record and a 14-2 conference record on the way to an SEC Championship. Hot damn.

Boo Major

Boo Major's has led the equestrian team to a No. 1 ranking for 13 consecutive weeks and knocked off No. 2 Auburn 12-7 on Saturday.

Steve Spurrier

Led the football team to its third consecutive 11-win season and its fifth straight victory over the Clemson Tigers.

Chad Holbrook

Took South Carolina to a super region during his first year as head baseball coach.

And the Orrscar goes to...

Dawn Staley

Best Performance in a Leading Role

The nominees...

Connor Shaw, Oct. 26 at Missouri

This one really felt like it was ripped from the pages of a Hollywood script. Connor Shaw had been all but ruled out of the Gamecocks' road test against SEC East-leading Missouri. The Gamecocks were down 17 and facing the prospect of being unranked for the first time since August of 2010. Shaw came into the game in the third quarter and completed 20 of 29 pass attempts for 209 yards and three touchdowns in a double-overtime victory that saved the season and cemented Connor's legacy as one of the best Gamecocks of all time.

Bruce Ellington, Jan. 1 vs. Wisconsin in Capital One Bowl

Entering what we would later learn would be Bruce Ellington's final game in a South Carolina uniform, Gamecock fans were ambivalent about the fact that the junior wide receive appeared to be leaning toward an early declaration for the NFL Draft. But after Ellington hauled in 6 catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns and threw another one for good measure, the garnet and black faithful could say little else but "Damn, Bruce. Go get paid."

Jadeveon Clowney, Oct. 19 at Tennessee

This performance sometimes gets lost in the shuffle because South Carolina lost the game, but Jadeveon Clowney turned in a brilliant individual outing against one of the best left tackles in the game.

Brenton Williams, March 2, 2014 vs. Kentucky

Brenton's 24-point effort helped South Carolina stay out in front of Kentucky and give the Gamecocks their first win over a ranked opponent in three years.

Brenton Williams, March 6, 2013 vs. Mississippi State

Having yet to permanently work his way into the good graces of Frank Martin, Brenton Williams came off the bench in South Carolina's 2012-13 SEC finale and led the Gamecocks to a 79-72 win. In 32 minutes, Brenton scored 38 points, including a six-of-nine performance beyond the arc.

And the Orrscar goes to...

Connor Shaw

Best Performance by a Person, Object, or Body Part in a Supporting Role

The left upright in Missouri's north endzone

Jack Leggett

1-5 vs. South Carolina during the past two seasons.

Tajh Boyd's right arm

5 INTs and zero wins in four tries against the Gamecocks.

And the Orrscar goes to...

Tajh Boyd's right arm

Best Animated Feature

The nominees...

Mike Davis Doing The Robot Dot GIF


JT Surratt Happy Dance Dot GIF


Jadeveon Clowney Imitates Mike Davis' Touchdown Run Dot GIF


I Thought You Were One of Your Big Brothers Dot GIF


And the Orrscar goes to...

Mike Davis Doing The Robot Dot GIF!

Best Documentary

The nominees...


Laimonas Dreams of Watermelons

Woo Who?

What Is Clemson?

And the Orrscar goes to...


Best Short Film

The nominees...

Ahhh Outtahyeah

Mike. Davis.


Seven Is Better Than Two Threes

Patrick Fish: Unhooked

And the Orrscar goes to...



Well, what do you think? Who were the biggest snubs and flubs of Orrscar season?