10th Annual Predict The
Oscars! Contest Wrap-Up
What can I say about this year. Not much,
unfortunately, because I spent the weeks leading up to the big
event preparing for a warehousing system rollout in Canada.
Because I was on conference calls much of the time during the
show, I watched mostly on mute so had to read the captions. Despite
all this I hope those of you who played enjoyed it. I wanted
to make the 10th anniversary of the game more grand
than ever but that just wasn't in the cards. Cross your
fingers along with me that I have a little more free time this
coming year and we'll make the 11th Annual Predict
the Orcars! Contest the biggest and best ever!.
So straight into the winners. We had a two
way tie for first place. Jerry and Aaron both picked the
same most willing movie, The Artist, and the same number of
wins, 6, so the winner of the first place prize was chosen by
random drawing and is:
I return home this weekend and I will contact the
winners to get your prizes delivered. Thank you to all who
played this year. Thanks to the film makers and actors who
worked tirelessly to make such a great group of movies for
us. Thanks to the Academy for hosting the awards
again. And a special thanks to their legal council who
graciously listened and acknowledged that our purpose is to
support the AMPAS mission and therefore didn't close us
down. But that's a story for another day. I look
forward to this coming year with great eagerness and hope that you
will join us again for the 11th Annual Predict
the Orcars! contest.
Bob Stanza - Editor - Predict
6th Annual Predict The
Golden Globes! Contest
I sure hope the lack of interest in this contest
doesn't reflect a general disinterest in film, television or for
that matter, awards shows! I know I got things started a bit
late but really expected a few more players. Thanks to those
of you who did cast votes this year. I appreciate your
continued participation. Maybe if I sold tickets to watch
George Clooney and Michael Fassbender play golf I'd make
enough to offer prizes next year.
Is it just me or did the guests at the the Beverly
Hilton seem less than enthused about having Ricky Gervais back this
year? Maybe not. A lot of them seemed loaded up with
their own ammunition to shoot back. But actually, this year's
show seemed a little lack luster. There were some fun
moments. Thank you to the cast of Modern Family for one of the
funnier acceptance speeches of the show. Octavia Spencer
didn't fall off of her high heels or we'd have missed that thank you
for table 10. We learned that William H Macy and Felicity
Huffman could hold a tune and that Matt LeBlanc is much more
interesting in Episodes than Matt LeBlanc is in real life. No
wait, we already knew that.
It was great to see Sidney Poitier and Helen Mirren
present the Cecil B DeMille Award to Morgan Freemen. He
certainly deserves the honor. AFI presented him with the
lifetime achievement award in 2011 so it's been a special 12 months
for this wonderful actor. I truly hope these were presented
too soon and that Morgan continues to make touching, funny and
exciting films for years to come.
Enough about the show, on to our winners of the 6th
the Golden Globes! contest. Some familiar names
showed up at the top. In fact, our winner and runner up from
last year switched places this year and turned in some fantastic
scores! Congratulations to our top three scoring contestants:
I'm glad my score doesn't show up on the leader
board because I came in last place! Going to have to spend a
good bit of time at the theatre and downloading films from Netflix
over the next 6 weeks. Have to be ready because it's the 10th
anniversary for the Predict the Oscars!
contest. Please come back in a couple of weeks
to cast your ballot!
Bob Stanza - Editor - Predict The
6th Annual Predict
The Golden Globes! Contest
As usual, far too many things going on to not fall
behind on most of them but I finally carved out time for a couple of
days and the 6th Annual Predict
The Golden Globes! contest is now open!
Unfortunately I still have no sponsor so there are no prizes this
year except the notoriety you will surely receive from getting your
name and score published on our site throughout the awards
season. If anyone out there would like to donate some prizes
in return for being named as our exclusive sponsor, well, that would
be pretty cool too. Just drop me a line through Feedback
and we'll work something out.
Looks like The Artist, The Descendants
and The Help are the films to see this season, at least according
to the Hollywood Foreign Press. Given the success of the print
versions of The Help and The Descendants staring, George Clooney I
doubt anyone is greatly surprised to see these at the top of the
nominee heap. But to date, The Artist has grossed about $5
million so people just don't seem to be picking up on the buzz on
this little film yet. It is now showing at one theatre in St.
Louis and my wife and I will be there within the next week to see
Please set yourself up an account if you haven't
already. It makes things so much easier for you and for me to
have you just change your predictions rather than entering a new
ballot. I hate having to sort through duplicates just because
you need to make a single change. As I've been saying for
years now, we give this information to no one. It's just
something that makes the game more fun for everyone.
Good luck this year! Be sure to get out to,
rent or download some of the fine nominees this season. I'm
sure you won't be dissapointed.
Bob Stanza - Editor - Predict The
Oscar Predictions - Art Meets Science
I got an email from Brian at Movie
Gamut telling me about a site that he, Nick and Eric have put
together. They have combined their knowledge of statistics
with their love of movies to help people with their Oscar
predictions. You can see the results of this unlikely marriage
on their Final
Countdown page. Please take a look at what they have to
offer as well as their explanation of the method used in the
But keep in mind, it takes a lot of skill and a
little bit of luck to win this contest. They seem to have a
pretty good handle on the skill but as my brother-on-law Danny
always said about the football pool, it's picking the upset special
that will make or break you!
Bob Stanza - Editor - Predict The
Why Do I Have To Pick Them All To Save?
I've been asked several times, "Why do I have
to pick all the nominees before I save my ballot if I can change
them later?" Fair question.
The reason is, before I required this I had people
leave some blank and not remember to update them until it was too
late. That gives you a 0% chance of getting points. If
you just make your best guess to start with you can always change
your entry later an if you don't get around to it you're still in
the running for points in that category. I think no matter
which way I set it up, someone would want it the other way. So
I choose to have you put in a little more effort now instead of
being disappointed later.
The Oscars! Accounts
option to set-up user accounts was added in a limited way last
season so you could modify your ballot selections. These have
now been fully integrated into the site including options to review,
print and modify your contest ballot, set-up private games for you
and your friends and maintain your own Movie Log page.
we're doing is making available to everyone the features we want for
ourselves. Simple as that. There is no charge and of
course we promise never to provide any membership information to
we now have a number of features that require your interaction we have started
adding Help pages in case you aren't sure how to use them. These aren't
yet complete but many are available. If you don't find what you're looking
for you can still contact us using feedback
for more information.
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As the title suggests, this site resulted from an annual contest
to predict Academy Award winners. Again this year you will be able to submit
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Feb 29, 2012