Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score — Academy Awards Betting Game

Are you sick of those ordinary Oscar office pools? Tired of only guessing the top 6 or 8 categories for the Academy Awards? Let your inner-movie geek shine with Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score (aka Oscar Bowling).

Try to nail 300 points on the 2012 Academy Awards.

This is a confidence list.

There are 24 categories.

How to play

Pick your winners in all 24 categories. Then, give each winner a confidence score. Your most confident pick gets 24 points, second most confident gets 23 points, third most confident gets 22 points, and eventually your least confident pick gets 1 point.

This is perfect for Oscar parties, because the lead keeps changing. The winner is the one with the most points at the end. A perfect score is 300. If there is a tie (there never is a tie), then the winner is the one with the most points in these three categories combined (Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress).

Now you can say things like … “Once, in 2013, I got a 297 Oscar score.” Or, “I know a guy who once hit 300 back in 2016.” Yeah, you’ll be saying these things. Trust me.

If you don’t fully understand the rules, CLICK HERE, for an example of my score sheet from last year.

Jeff Bayer’s Oscar Picks (Possible Score 300)

24 – Original Song – Man or Muppet
23 – Supporting Actor – Christopher Plummer – Beginners
22 – Original Score – The Artist
21 – Animated Feature Film – Rango
20 – Achievement in Sound Editing – Hugo
19 – Achievement in Sound Mixing – Hugo
18 – Foreign Language Film – A Separation
17 – Achievement in Makeup – The Iron Lady
16 – Best Picture – The Artist
15 – Adapted Screenplay – The Descendants
14 – Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer
13 – Achievement in Film Editing – The Artist
12 – Best Director – Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
11 – Best Lead Actress – Viola Davis – The Help
10 – Achievement in Costume Design – The Artist
09 – Achievement in Art Direction – Hugo
08 – Achievement in Visual Effects – Rise of the Planet of the Apes
07 – Original Screenplay – Midnight in Paris
06 – Achievement in Cinematography – The Artist
05 – Best Actor – George Clooney – The Descendants
04 – Documentary Feature – Undefeated
03 – Animated Short Film – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
02 – Documentary Short – Saving Face
01 – Live Action Short Film – Raju

Here are the nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards.

Best Picture
War Horse
The Artist
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Actor
Demian Bichir (A Better Life)
George Clooney (The Descendants)
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)
Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

Best Actress
Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
Viola Davis (The Help)
Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)
Jonah Hill (Moneyball)
Nick Nolte (Warrior)
Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo (The Artist)
Jessica Chastain (The Help)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)

Writing – Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants (Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon and Jim Rash)
Hugo (Screenplay by John Logan)
The Ides of March (Screenplay by George Clooney and Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon)
Moneyball (Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan)

Writing – Original Screenplay
The Artist (Written by Michel Hazanavicius)
Bridesmaids (Written by Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig)
Margin Call (Written by J.C. Chandor)
Midnight in Paris (Written by Woody Allen)
A Separation (Written by Asghar Farhadi)

Animated Feature Film
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Documentary – Feature
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Foreign Language Film
Bullhead (Belgium)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
A Separation (Iran)

The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Film Editing
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Music – Original Score
The Adventures of Tintin (John Williams)
The Artist (Ludovic Bource)
Hugo (Howard Shore)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Alberto Iglesias)
War Horse (John Williams)

Music – Original Song
“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets
“Real in Rio” from Rio

Sound Mixing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Sound Editing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Art Direction
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The Artist
Jane Eyre

Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Iron Lady

Documentary – Short Subject
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Short Film – Animated
Dimanche/Sunday (Patrick Doyon)
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg)
La Luna (Enrico Casarosa)
A Morning Stroll (Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe)
Wild Life (Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby)

Short Film – Live Action
Pentecost (Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane)
Raju (Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren)
The Shore (Terry George and Oorlagh George)
Time Freak (Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey)
Tuba Atlantic (Hallvar Witzo)



1 Comment

  1. Sandy says:

    Thanks for this new ballot method. Four of us used it last night and had a great time. I came in second with a 210. My husband had a 238. With normal scoring I would have won, 18 to 17, but this new way is more fun.

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