The Academy Awards are coming out, and….

Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday.  If you know me, you know that I go Oscar-crazy every year, trying to see as many nominated movies as possible — I even create weird mathematical formulas that figure out which films have the most overall importance!

Anyway, I digress.  This has to do with grammar, I swear.

Every news outlet has been reporting that three nominations went to Sweeney Todd the Barber of Fleet Street.

Seriously.  Every single news outlet.

Not Sweeney Todd, the Barber of Fleet Street.  Not Sweeney Todd: the Barber of Fleet Street.

Please, please punctuate that correctly!  Defy the powers that be!  Use correct grammar!

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5 responses to “The Academy Awards are coming out, and….

  1. Actually, it’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

  2. The Academy Awards are coming out, and….

    ???

    You mean:

    The Academy Awards are coming out, and…

  3. What are the rules on ellipses? Personally, I don’t see a problem with more than three periods after a statement, so long as there are no more pieces of that sentence to follow.

    By this rule, the below statements would be correct.

    The Academy Awards are coming out, and …….

    OR

    The Academy Awards are coming out, and … I’m excited!

    Though, for the record, that response (the one above mine) to the extra period on the end was a bit of an overreaction. I mean, I suppose it could have been more asinine, but I suppose it holds its own. Against this statement, anyway.

  4. Ellipses have three dots unless they come after the end of the sentence, in which case you would see four dots (the period at the end of the sentence, which would immediately follow the sentence, and three dots for the ellipsis). See Chicago Manual of Style, 11.57+.

    In this case, it would have been correct to just use the three dots. Otherwise it would be:

    “The Academy Awards are coming out, and. . . . ” (note the placement of the first dot.)

    If you do this, though, you’d be saying the sentence ended at “and.”

    However “and . . .” doesn’t lead to anything and it would have actually been better to just leave it out. In fact, the subject line of the post and the first line don’t even make sense if read together (one says they are coming out, one says they already did). A better way to say this would have been “The Academy Award nominations came out . . . and if you know me, you know I go Oscar-crazy every year.”

    But as you note, dlipkin, not an earth-shattering issue.

  5. If you want earth-shattering issues, “Seriously” and “Every single news outlet” are sentence fragments, but sometimes we have to … umm … communicate.

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