Oscar Handicap 2010: Best Picture of the Year

We begin (or conclude, depending on how you go about perusing) this year’s series of articles with the most important and prestigious award in all cinema.

Can one win an Oscar even though they appear in the lowest-grossing film nominated in that category? Or win in an acting category being the only one whose film is not also nominated for Best Picture? We took a look many of the major categories over the past 31 ceremonies (for the films of 1978 through 2008), as well as select statistical data from all 80 previous ceremonies, and found some surprising mathematical data, which may give some pause about who might win on March 7th.

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Oscar Handicap 2010: Director

Here, we will look at the recent voting patterns for the category of Best Director.

(For explanations as to how our scoring system works, make sure to read our first article in the series, Best Picture of the Year, linked at the bottom of this article.)

This is one of the few times true history could be created at the Oscars, with the possibilities of the first win by a female or an African-American director.

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