Oscar Bowling

Are you sick of those ordinary Oscar office pools? Tired of only guessing the top 6 or 8 categories for the Academy Awards? Let your inner-movie geek shine with Bowl the Perfect Oscar Score (aka Oscar Bowling). Created by Jeff Bayer.

Try to nail 300 points on the Academy Awards.

This is a confidence list.

There are 24 categories.

To play along at home, please put your confidence list on the Movie B.S. Facebook Page.

How to play

Pick your winners in all 24 categories. Then, give each winner a confidence score. Your most confident pick gets 24 points, second most confident gets 23 points, third most confident gets 22 points, and eventually your least confident pick gets 1 point.

This is perfect for Oscar parties, because the lead keeps changing. The winner is the one with the most points at the end. A perfect score is 300. If there is a tie (there never is a tie), then the winner is the one with the most points in these three categories combined (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress).

You’ll eventually be able to say things like … “Once, in 2019, I got a 297 Oscar score.” Or, “I know a guy who once hit 300 back in 2018.” Yeah, you’ll be saying these things. Trust me.

Past Results
2017 – Jeff: 226, Eric: 176 (14/24)
2016 – Jeff: 246 (16/24), Eric: 257 (17/24)
2015 – Jeff: 208, Eric: 204
2014 – Jeff: 271 (19/24), Eric: 269 (19/24)
2013 – Jeff: 257 (17/24), Eric: 196 (14/24)
2012 – Jeff: 256, Eric: 228
2011 – Jeff: 246, Eric: 225

Jeff is crushing Eric 6-1.
Jeff’s average: 244.3
Eric’s average: 221.7
Current Win Streak: Jeff with 1.
Longest Win Streak: Jeff with 5.
Highest Score: Jeff (271) in 2014.
Lowest Score: Eric (176) in 2017.

To play along at home, please put your confidence list on the Movie B.S. Facebook Page.

If you don’t fully understand the rules, here are my Oscar predictions below.

Example
Jeff Bayer’s Oscar Picks for 2013, in which he scored 257.

24 – Best Visual Effects – Gravity
23 – Best Makeup & Hairstyling – Dallas Buyers Club
22 – Best Sound Mixing – Gravity
21 – Best Sound Editing – Gravity
20 – Best Animated Feature – Frozen
19 – Best Adapted Screenplay – 12 Years a Slave
18 – Best Short Film (Animated) – Get a Horse!
17 – Best Cinematography – Gravity
16 – Best Supporting Actor – Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
15 – Best Actress – Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
14 – Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
13 – Best Original Score – Steven Price – Gravity
12 – Best Director – Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
11 – Best Documentary (Short) – The Lady in Number 6
10 – Best Foreign Film – The Great Beauty
09 – Best Film Editing – Gravity
08 – Best Original Song – Let it Go – Frozen
07 – Best Production Design – The Great Gatsby
06 – Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
05 – Best Documentary – The Act of Killing
04 – Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave
03 – Best Short Film (Live Action) – The Voorman Problem
02 – Best Costume Design – American Hustle
01 – Best Original Screenplay – American Hustle

To play along at home, please put your confidence list on the Movie B.S. Facebook Page.