One year I hit 22 out of 24 categories. That was once. This year, I'm taking The Hurt Locker. With Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosting the Academy Awards Sunday night, it's time to give you some answers.I'm normally around 19 correct. This year ... I'm feeling it. It's going to happen. The lack of surprises will give way to my greatest predictions ever. I'm thinking 23 correct. After all, what's more important than guesses what other people will think is good? Lots of things. But this weekend? Nothing else. Make sense?
I have now realized there should be a new way to have Oscar pools.
Bowl a perfect Oscar game. Try to nail 300 points.
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.
Of course, this only works while they keep the categories at 24.
Well, this might confuse you as well - this is a confidence list. Again, there are 24 categories. That means my most confident pick will receive 24 points. My least confident will receive 1 point.
Here we go -
24 - Visual Effects - Avatar 23 - Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique 22 - Supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz 21 - Sound Mixing - Avatar 20 - Sound Editing - Avatar 19 - Animated - Up 18 - Song - "The Weary Kind" - Crazy Heart 17 - Score - Up 16 - Actress - Sandra Bullock 15 - Adapted Screenplay - Up in the Air 14 - Director - Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker 13 - Best Picture - The Hurt Locker 12 - Documentary - The Cove 11 - Animated Short - A Matter of Loaf and Death 10 - Art Direction - Avatar 9 - Make-up - Star Trek 8 - Costume Design - The Young Victoria 7 - Original Screenplay - The Hurt Locker 6 - Foreign Film - The White Ribbon 5 - Actor - Jeff Bridges (I don't know why, but I keep feeling like Clooney will win) 4 - Cinematography - The Hurt Locker 3 - Film Editing - Avatar 2 - Live Action Short - Kavi 1 - Documentary Short - The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
Points possible ... 300
I understand that you don't want to play along. It's simply too difficult to try to compete with me on this one.