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We’re all varying degrees of sports fans here at Mildly Pleased, let me tell you how 2015 went for us. In football, the Seahawks finished a great 2014 season with an amazing run in the playoffs followed by 99% of a great Super Bowl, lost in the end by a questionable play call that will reverberate pangs of regret through all Seattleites’ hearts for years to come. In baseball, the Mariners seemed poised for a redemption year after some clutch pre-season signings and then went on to betray that hype and have one of the most depressingly disappointing seasons in franchise history. I don’t care about the Sounders and we don’t have an NHL or NBA team.

That’s the kind of worldview you get at the Mildly Pleased Awards, one of people so accustomed to disappointment and failure that even glimpses of hope sometimes need to be cherished. We’re not looking for the best or the greatest, we’re just looking for something that’s OK. Something that’s a little better than average. Something that you can walk out of the theater or whatever and respond, when your friend asks you what you thought about it, “that was mildly pleasing.” That is our battle cry.

Viral Video Nominees
Guy slipping on ice for 9 seconds
Guy annoys girlfriend with puns at Ikea
Amazon vs. Walmart
Nice, Ron
Smells Like Teen Shovel

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Rock Band 4

Mildly Pleased Award for Best Viral Videos
Amazon vs. Walmart

Mildly Pleased Award for News You Could Use
McDonald’s extends breakfast all day

Mildly Pleased Award for Qualified Success in Television
Orange is the New Black

Mildly Pleased Award for Qualified Success in Music, Album
ELO – Alone in the Universe

Mildly Pleased Award for Qualified Success in Music, Song
Drake – “Hotline Bling”

Mildly Pleased Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mild Pleasure
Ron Howard

Mildly Pleased Award for Qualified Success in Film, Actress
Léa Seydoux (Spectre)

Mildly Pleased Award for Qualified Success in Film, Actor
Chris Pratt (Jurassic World)

Mildly Pleased Award for Qualified Success in Film, Picture
Spectre

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