It’s that time of year again. The Academy Award nominees are about to be announced, and on March 7, the Oscars will be awarded. This means that you have only a few weeks to prepare for the most important part of the Oscars to the ordinary citizen: The Oscar betting pool. Whether you’re playing for $1000, $10 or bragging rights, betting on the Oscars is the only way to fully enjoy the experience. In that spirit, here are a few tips for winning your Oscar pool.
Track Other Awards Shows
The Golden Globes voters and the Academy voters aren’t the same group, but they’re the same TYPE of group. Watching how the Golden Globes and other awards shows goes can give you a good guideline as to what your Oscar picks should be. Also, pay attention to any Hollywood buzz you hear. There is an element of politics to these awards shows and unlike, say, the guy on the other end of that 900 number you call every Sunday morning, if a Hollywood insider says a nominee is a lock for a particular category, they probably are.
The film that wins Best Director wins Best Picture. Always, always, always. Well, OK, not ALWAYS, but only four times in the last twenty years has the Best Picture Oscar failed to go to the film that won Best Director. If you’re playing the odds, put the same film in the Best Director and Best Picture slots. You can thank me later.
See the Foreign Language Films
Field goals win playoff games and foreign language films win Oscar pools. That one point can make the difference between film buff obscurity and Oscar glory. Go see these films and read all the reviews you can so you can make an informed choice. Everyone else is just going to pick the first French title they see.
Bet with Your Head, not with Your Heart
Forget about who you WANT to win. This is the Academy, and there are certain “Academy” pictures and “Academy” performances. Hopefully you’ve watched enough Oscars by now to get a feel for what those are. If you’re struggling with choosing between the “obvious” choice and the one you really think was the best, don’t count on the Academy to look beneath the surface and pick the upset. Go for the slam dunk.
There you go. That’s all you need to win your Oscar pool.
Note: Following the above tips in no way guarantees you will win your Oscar pool.