The 76 th annual Academy Awards are scheduled
for Sunday, February 29 th . That's one month earlier than in previous
years but still gives you plenty of time to plan a party worthy of the
little gold man himself.
The envelope please
You don't just want to sit around
and watch TV with your friends, right? Make the night a little more social
(and competitive) by holding your very own Oscar pool. Copy a list of
nominees (available in some entertainment magazines and on the Academy
Awards' official site, www.oscar.com )
and use the sheets as ballots that your guests can pick up when they
If your friends suffer from AADD (Awards Attention Deficit Disorder),
you might want to limit your ballots to the top eight categories: Picture,
Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Actress, Director, and Adapted
and Original Screenplays. But if your guests prefer the local art-house
to the giant multiplex, including all the technical categories and nominees
for short films might be just the ticket. And don't forget your cinematically
challenged friends as well! Include a bonus question that can also
be used in the result of a tie at the end of the night. How long will
the ceremony last? Who will Nicole Kidman bring as her date? How many
Arnold Schwarzenegger jokes will Billy Crystal make?
Have everyone make their
predictions while Joan and Melissa dish the dirt on the red carpet.
Make sure all pencils are down before the first award (typically Best
Supporting Actor) is handed out. Then have people switch ballots. It's
a good way for people to get to know each other and has the added benefit
of making sure any cheaters in the room don't tally their own scores.