DREW'S "PREDICT THE OSCARS...POORLY" CONTEST:
Like a meal eaten before a Freddie Prinze Jr. movie, it has returned. If you entered the contest in previous years, you already know the deal. If not, let me make it plain for ya. Although I'm a sheep and enter them, I'm not a big cheerleader for Oscar prediction contests. Anybody can read "EW" and get a pretty good feel for who's gonna win the biggies. For the most part, one has a better chance of being surprised at the end of a Ron Howard flick than at the announcement for Best Picture. Besides, there's already a zillion prediction contests on the web already; what's the fun in doing the exact same thing as everybody else? So I like to have my Oscar contest with a twist: The person who predicts the most Oscar LOSERS wins.
You look confused...I shall explain. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to predict who/what is most likely to NOT win an Oscar in each category. Let's say last year you thought The Green Mile was the least likely movie to win for Best Picture. (Boy, that was a toughie) That's who you would predict to lose. Now, I know it sounds pretty easy, since there's only one Oscar winner in each category, you've got a 4 out of 5 chance in most categories to pick the loser. But just remember, for every Fernanda Montenegro, who had about as much chance of winning as Jay Billington Bulworth does at getting elected president in 2004, there's a Marisa Tomei who actually winds up a (cough) winner. And remember, you have to predict in each category. You can't possibly tell me with a straight face that you know for sure who is a sure thing to not win for Best Short Subject Documentary. If you have any questions at all, just zoom over a quick e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org you enter.
The person who predicts the most losers will win a choice between:
(a) A supercool Traffic promo package packed with a t-shirt, figurine (alas, made of hard plastic, not the ingredient used in the movie), and a postcard.
(b) The Fight Club DVD, the double-disc set that is, without question, the best DVD ever created.
Enter as many times as you like, your obsessive-compulsive tendencies will not be an albatross around your neck in this giveaway. The deadline to enter is a minute before the ceremony officially begins on March 25, 2001. Any entry made after that time will result in an e-mail succinctly stating "You snooze, you lose" and the entry be invalid. The winner will be notified on March 28, 2001 and must respond to my e-mail within 72 hours, or I will have to select another winner and the initial person will live a life of eternal regret and misery. The winner will be announced April 4, 2001 and with his/her permission, be given public acclaim on the web site. Void where prohibited. But honestly, if you live in a place that won't even allow you to win a stinkin' movie giveaway, you should probably consider moving. Everyone's name and e-mail address will be discarded in a sterile environment once the winner is announced. At no time will they be given to anyone, even those annoying Girl Scouts, who offered to pony up Australia if they could hound my visitors with Thin Mint offers. Not ruling Australia will be tough, but hey, to paraphrase my man Johnny Caspar, you gotta have ethics.
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BONUS QUESTION #2:
BONUS QUESTION #3:
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