Not too bad a suggestion, but the winners are still demoralizing and
predictable, and it gets you watching and wasting 2-4 hours when you could
be doing something more valuable. Newsday here sponsored a public contest
like yours; I don't know who won, or care.
At 11:19 AM 3/27/99 +0900, Darcy Paquet wrote:
>For years, I witnessed the Oscars with a mixture of revulsion, shock, and
>dismay, and yet I continued to watch them, like the child who keeps sticking
>his finger into the outlet. After I started gambling on the outcome,
>however, I've found that I can not only sit through the whole telecast, but
>I actually look forward to it. I think it really puts the event into
>Try this: print out a list of all the nominees and distribute it amongst
>your friends. Have everyone list their predictions as to who will win,
>first and second choice. Feel free to also include additional categories,
>such as "Will Kazan say anything in deference to his role in the Communist
>witch hunt?" or "How many dresses will Whoopi wear in the course of the
>evening?" Establish some sort of point system for the different categories,
>have each player throw some cash into the pot, and then invite everyone over
>to your house for the telecast. For additional laughs, play with friends
>who are naive enough the choose the best entry in each category.
>Try it, it works! It's much more satisfying than trying to understand the
>awards from any kind of aesthetic viewpoint. The money can be used to buy
>the winner some sort of useful prize, such as a Kiarostami video.
>Good luck, and happy viewing.
>Darcy Paquet http://myhome.shinbiro.com/~darcypaq
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