Thankfully, there's another pastime around the Oscars that's a lot more enjoyable than complaining about who got snubbed. The awards give film fans a chance to prove their skills at predicting who will take home the top prizes. Experts on short films can wow their friends by nailing those hard-to-pick categories. Honestly, the Oscar pool is a lot more fun than the actual ceremony. I've been running a contest with family and friends for the last five years. This time, I'm also organizing a contest through this site for the bloggers, podcasters, and other film experts that visit. There is a small prize for the winner, but the true joy will be your ability to claim dominance over knowledgeable cinema fans. This isn't like beating your office buddies who think Jack and Jill was robbed; there's more prestige for this victory.
Joining my 2012 Oscar Contest is easy. Click on this link, which takes you to an easy-to-use online ballot. The categories are weighted by importance, and there are some fun bonus questions at the end. I'll be updating the standings on the night of the show as the awards are presented. Submit your picks by Friday, February 24 to enter this contest! It should make watching the Oscars (even with Billy Crystal) a lot more exciting this year.