2015 Oscar Academy Awards – Betting Game

Every year our friends get together and celebrate the pomp and circumstance surrounding the film and entertainment industry’s biggest night: the Academy Awards. If you like going to the movies and hold an opinion or two about what films are going to win – then we have a fun activity for you to do with your friends and family this Sunday February 22nd.

Let’s put our pride on the line.

Quite simply, its a document you print out, assign your predictions according to the rules, and use to follow along during the Academy Awards red carpet and awards ceremony. There are three distinct sections for you to earn points:

  1. Oscar Nominations (which film will win in each respective category?) – one choice per category
  2. Will It Happen? (will something happen during the television broadcast) – 7 votes to split between 4 categories:
    1. The Red Carpet (will someone get called out for wearing the same thing as another guest?)
    2. The Opening Monologue (Will Neil Patrick Harris incorporate song and dance?)
    3. Audience Reaction Footage (Will the camera cut to a shot of Stephen Hawking?)
    4. Acceptance Speech (Will an award recipient fall on their way up to the podium?)

The real fun happens when everyone is glued to the television to see if their predictions come true – and the loud arguments over: “Does a fist bump count if the bump-receiver leaves the bump-giver hanging and doesn’t connect?” Don’t say we didn’t warn you. 🙂

A chart depicting the number of points and multiplier for a category.“Yeah, but aren’t the Academy Awards incredibly predictable?”

Yes and no. And we’ve accounted for that concern.

Each category has a point value, and each option in that category has a multiplier value.

Think you’re going to win big by going with a sure-winner? Well, the Oscars is known for having some upsets, so you run the risk of not getting more points by playing things too safe.

Wait, where did these multipliers come from?

Our resident movie buff Matt Pachai has made sure that most popular odds and predictions have been incorporated: greater chance of winning = lower pay-out.


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