You getting ready to watch the Oscars right? Bunch of friends just as excited? So what can you do to make it even more exciting other than bagging out celebrities in what they are wearing?
Well you can do the basic Oscar picks, or even an Oscar sweep of choosing one or two from the whole ceremony, but if you have enough people to do it, why not take it a step further and organise an Oscar draft?
The draft is simple to do, yet hard enough for it to be fun! The main idea behind the draft, other than picks, or random selection like a sweep is that once a pick is taken, no one pick it up, making the right choices worth more, and the more certain choices extremely valuable.
The rules are simple, keeping it to five people (for a choice in each category, with the exception of Best Picture where you get two), you organise a random order, than using the snake draft system, have everyone make their choices.
The more important categories are weighted, and by limiting it to ten categories (we excluded costume, editing etc simply because we weren’t interested) you can ensure it to be a tight race to get the best choices.
So where to start? To make it more interesting, the bigger categories (Picture, Actor, Actress, Directing and both Supporting) are weighted more, meaning to take the Best Picture will get you 5 points, the acting or director nod is worth 3, and supporting will get you 2. Everything else will get you one, so obviously (or not as was proven in our draft) you want to focus on the big 5 before anything else.
In the end, like any player fantasy draft, you are playing against potential picks as well as the best options for points. Should I am for the second best choice in Best Picture now? Or should I grab the best option in Supporting Actor for an (almost) guaranteed 2 points.
The spice things up there is always the thought of an bonus round, where instead of choosing from a list, people have to research and pick a certain theme to try and jump their numbers. What category do you think the first person accepting will cry? Who do you think will be the first person to present an award? How long (closest to the nearest minute) will the awards ceremony run over?
We decided to go a different (and I think classier) way, and look at the In Memorium segment of the Oscars (lightly labelled the death montage) and try to pick who will be the last person in the montage. A bonus round is a great way to break up just choosing from a list, and gets people thinking about sections of the Oscars they will never consider, and have yet another portion to look forward to (I know I will be cheering if Tony Curtis is the last one up on screen).
So where does the crazy part come in? Well, if you do decide to run the draft (and you need to get cracking as there are only hours remaining), my advice do not try and set it up via email. Sure it’s easier to do than get everyone in the same room, but for me I have been running around all week answering texts, updating lists and seeing how the hell people are making choices for films already gone (my piece of advice, keep a master list handy!)
But as the dust has settled, it is a great way to add more excitement to your night at the Oscars. Combining fantasy drafting with Best Picture nominees, priceless!
And, as I said earlier this week, I am placing up the list from our draft so I can lay this blog’s reputation on the table. Will I do well, maybe not (the Best Picture section might be my undoing), but god damn if I don’t think I will get close, unless of course there are a number of upsets, and that rarely happens right?
As for my predictions? Who knows! It’s Oscar time, anything could happen.
##UPDATE## The awards are done, and congratulations to Pickles who has taken out the inaugural Popcorn Cinema Oscar Draft. It was the close tussle, but in the end her first pick (pick number 4 overall) for King’s Speech for Best Picture took her over the line. The final scores were:
Pickles: 8 points
Chief: 5 points
Popcorn Cinema: 5 points
Red: 3 points
Burbs: 1 point
Thanks again for all the guys taking part, and we will be back next year! Pickles better watch out, I am gunning for her in 2012.
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