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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 drew@script-o-rama.combefore 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.

OR

(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.

1. BEST PICTURE:
Chocolat
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Erin Brockovich
Gladiator
Traffic

2. ACTOR:
Javier Bardem, Before Night Falls
Russell Crowe, Gladiator
Tom Hanks, Castaway
Ed Harris, Pollock
Geoffrey Rush, Quills

3. ACTRESS:
Joan Allen, The Contender
Juliette Binoche, Chocolat
Ellen Burstyn, Requium for A Dream
Laura Linney, You Can Count On Me
Julia Roberts, Erin Brockovich

4. SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Jeff Bridges, The Contender
Willem Dafoe, Shadow of the Vampire
Benicio Del Toro, Traffic
Albert Finney, Erin Brockovich
Joaquin Phoenix, Gladiator

5. SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Judi Dench, Chocolat
Marcia Gay Harden, Pollack
Kate Hudson, Almost Famous
Frances McDormand, Almost Famous
Julie Walters, Billy Elliot

6. DIRECTOR:
Stephan Daldry, Billy Elliot
Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Steven Soderbergh, Erin Brockovich
Ridley Scott, Gladiator
Steven Soderbergh, Traffic

7. FOREIGN FILM:
Amores Perros
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Divided We Fall
Everybody Famous!
The Taste of Others

8. SCREENPLAY (written directly for the screen):
Almost Famous
Billy Elliot
Erin Brockovich
Gladiator
You Can Count on Me

9. SCREENPLAY (based on material previously produced or published):
Chocolat
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Traffic
Wonder Boys

10. ART DIRECTION:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Gladiator
Quills
Vatel

11. CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Gladiator
Malena
O' Brother, Where Art Thou
The Patriot

12. SOUND:
Cast Away
Gladiator
The Patriot
The Perfect Storm
U - 571

13. SOUND EFFECTS EDITING:
Space Cowboys
U-571

14. ORIGINAL SCORE:
Chocolat
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Gladiator
Malena
The Patriot

15. ORIGINAL SONG:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Dancer In The Dark
The Emperor's New Groove
Meet The Parents
Wonder Boys

16. COSTUME:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Gladiator
102 Dalmations
Quills

17. DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
Into The Arms Of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport
Legacy
Long Night's Journey into Day
Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
Sound And Fury

18. DOCUMENTARY (short subject):
Big Mama
Curtain Call
Dolphins
The Man on Lincoln's Nose
On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom

19. FILM EDITING:
Almost Famous
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Gladiator
Traffic
Wonder Boys

20. MAKEUP:
The Cell
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Shadow of the Vampire

21. ANIMATED SHORT FILM:
Father And Daughter
The Periwig-Maker
Rejected

22. LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM:
By Courier
One Day Crossing
Quiero Ser (I Want To Be...)
Seraligo
A Soccer Story (Una Historia De Futebol)

23. VISUAL EFFECTS:
Gladiator
Hollow Man
The Perfect Storm

BONUS QUESTION:
What is your opinion of this year's nominations?
Yay!
Eh.
Pukesville!

BONUS QUESTION #2:
Which movies and actors do you think were given the big shaft by the Academy this year?

BONUS QUESTION #3:
What is your fave flick of 2000? (Not necessarily the best, but your fave)

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Hi. I'm Drew. What's your name?


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