How to win your Oscar Poll?

I might be shooting myself in the foot here with this post, but it is a very timely one. How to do well in your Office/friends/party Oscar poll? It is very simple, wining your poll has really nothing to do with your personal tastes. It has all to do with what you read, who you read and a pinch of luck. I cant help with the luck of the upsets, but as for what and who to read here is my 3 step guide. And given the fact that this is probably one of the most competitive year for the Oscars in ages, predicting will be fun!

1. Read the Roundups, Coverage and Predictions from the top sites..

Gold Derby – the ultimate guide – they have the best consolidation of pundits

Vulture

EW-  Oscars 2013: And the Winners Will Be…, EW’s final forecast for all 24 categories & Oscars Headquarters

Awards Daily

LATimes – The Envelope– Arts categories predictions, Oscars 2013: ‘Argo’ generates most heat, but can ‘Lincoln’ catch it?

Other Predictions from  CBS, Huff Post, Vanity Fair: How to Adjust Your Oscar-Pool Picks After Sunday’s BAFTAs (Important Jennifer Lawrence–Related Update!) and There Is a Mathematical Formula for Predicting Oscar Winners, and It Involves the IMDB Comments Section

2. Track the Previous Awards and Trends

Check out  winners for the SAG, BAFTAS, Golden Globes, DGA, PGA & Critics Circles and all the commentary on how they correlate with the Oscars (all spelled out in the articles and links above)

3. Go with your gut and take one or two risks– by playing it safe with the most likely winner you are never going to win the poll. You’ll be high up there but you probably wont be differentiated. How to do that – go on a limb — vote for that underdog and pray they win 🙂

To Make it more fun, some other fun Oscar articles to prep for Oscar Night…

…and a little video

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