Handicapping The Oscars

Can the outcome of the Oscars be predicted by looking at a statistical breakdown of certain factors relating to the major categories? How important is it to have the most nominations? Are films released before September really ignored? Can one win an Oscar, even though they appear in the lowest-grossing film nominated in that category? Looking at the ten major categories over the past 25 ceremonies (1978 to 2002) and found some surprising mathematical data, which may give some pause about who might win Sunday night.

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Eleven Films to Compete for Animated Feature Oscar at the 76th Awards

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to activate the category for the 76th Academy Awards.

Eleven films were accepted as eligible to compete by the executive committee of the Short Films and Feature Animation branch of the Academy, which recommended that the Award be given for this year.

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Oscar Pool Help: Animated Short Subject

We know how important it is for you to win your Oscar office pool. But how do you pick some of those more obscure categories, like Best Animated Short Subject? Only two of the five nominated cartoons, “The ChubbChubbs” and “Mike’s New Car,” have any kind of name recognition, the former having been attached to theatrical prints of “Men In Black II” while the latter is part of the special features on the “Monsters Inc” DVD.

But what about the other three? You probably haven’t seen them and chances are you never will. So how do you pick wisely? Today, I will help you try to make as best an informed decision as I can.

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