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The 6th Annual eFilmCritic Oscar Pick 'Em (WIN 50 DVDS!) (PRIZE UPDATE Feb. 22)
by Erik Childress

IT’S BACK, Ladies & Gentlemen! “THE GREATEST OSCAR CONTEST EVER!” We were actually presented with five quotes from a marketing company provided by Earl Dittman. Others included words like “splantabulous” and “outrageasticmundo”. In the end we decided to get with what many of contestants from the last five years have told us. It’s more honest. We take a lot of pride in this contest as its just one of the many things we can offer our readers and supporters for coming back and spreading the word about us. This is the ultimate of all our giveaways and games and since its support has grown over the years, we are making it even greater. Two years ago, the grand prize was 25 DVDs. Last year it was 35. How does an even 50 sound this year? And that’s only for first place. We are going to be announcing some pretty sweet prizes for our runners-up too in the coming weeks. So, get in today.

ENTER NOW!

RULES, GUIDELINES, & HOW TO PLAY (DEADLINE: March 5)
The way the contest is handled is through a point allocation system. Each category has a certain number of points available to it -- each participant must take that total amount of points, and allocate it over the nominees in the category based on who they think has the best probability of winning. Each participant must be sure to spread all of the points available, and not put more points than are available. For instance, if Best Picture were worth 100 total points, there are several possibilities: a person could place 20 points on each of the five nominees if they were unsure of who might win, or place all 100 on one nominee if they feel very confident. Whichever nominee ends up winning on Oscar night is how many points the individual is awarded for that category. The person with the most amount of points at the end of Oscar night is the winner.

As a clearer example of how the contest is played, see the example in the rules below the sign-in page.

A unique tiebreaker question will be asked each year in the event of a tiebreak. In the event of a tiebreak, the individual that answers the tiebreak question correctly will take victory with the second closest person taking the next place in the event of a tie involving more than two people. If two or more individuals actually end up having the same tiebreak answer and tie in their scores, the next method to break the tie will be to award the winner who put their final votes in the earliest. For example, a person who placed their votes and made them final two days before the deadline would win the secondary tiebreak, compared to a person who finished up their ballot changes 5 minutes before the deadline. But again, this secondary tiebreak will only be consulted in the rare instance when the original tiebreak does not resolve the tie.

To use the online voting system, the participant must log in with their unique username and password. Once at the account screen, during the voting time period, all Oscar categories will be available to click on to place their votes. During the voting time period, a participant can submit their votes, and change them as many times as they want until the voting deadline. No votes are considered final until the voting deadline arrives. Therefore, participants can enter their votes right when the contest starts, and change them as they deem necessary at any time. Each time a participant changes votes, those votes override any older votes and they are never used again. Only one entry per person.

Gee, that sounds like…a lot of work.” – Stifler, American Pie.

ENTER NOW!

Trust me, it’s a snap. And the rewards are worth it. Oh, did we forget already? Did you distinctly remember something being written about 50 DVDs? You were not mistaken.

A number of film studios have generously provided an incredible prize package for us. In our ever-going frustration with the Oscars and the wrong films being nominated seemingly every year, our GRAND PRIZE is going to be a collection of 50 films overlooked by the Oscars in one way or another this year. By collecting the most points amongst your various Oscar picks you will be adding to your collection a copy of each of the following DVDs:






















“But what if we do all that work and come in just under 15,000, then we get nothing, right?”Clint Howard, Gung Ho

WRONG! There are going to be some valuable runners-up prizes. Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we continue to announce what they will be.

Like our SECOND PLACE PRIZE - a collection of past Oscar winners from Fox Home Entertainment




Or our THIRD PLACE PRIZE
THE ALFRED HITCHCOCK MASTERPIECE COLLECTION


Includes: SABOTEUR, SHADOW OF A DOUBT, ROPE, REAR WINDOW, THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY, THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, VERTIGO, PSYCHO, THE BIRDS, MARNIE, TORN CURTAIN, TOPAZ, FRENZY
and FAMILY PLOT.

Our FOURTH PLACE PRIZE contains a collection of documentaries from HBO Home Video, a pair of Oscar nominated ones and a few more just to make ten a nice even number.




Finally, the remainder of our prizes will be a grab bag of packages. Fifth place and so on down will have choice of their package based on their placement in the contest

THE ANIMATION PACKAGE


THE STEVEN SPIELBERG PACKAGE


THE GEORGE ROMERO PACKAGE


THE WAR OF THE WORLDS PACKAGE


THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN PACKAGE


All prizes will be rewarded after the Oscar telecast on March 5. Winners will be e-mailed about their prizes. Some titles will not be available until later that month and will be shipped accordingly.

We would like to thank Anchor Bay, Buena Vista, Dreamworks, First Look, Fox, Hart Sharp, HBO, Lions Gate, Magnolia, Paramount, Sony/MGM, Universal and Warner Bros. for their generosity. And in return, we invite you to read up on the prizes and links to where you can buy the DVDs online straight-out. We look forward to your participation and continued support.

ENTER NOW!

FROM BUENA VISTA:

The Brothers Grimm - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO

Snubs: Original Screenplay, Art Direction, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Makeup
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The Great Raid - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Director (John Dahl), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Costume Design, Sound
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The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Makeup
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Proof - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow), Supporting Actress (Hope Davis), Adapted Screenplay
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Sin City - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Picture, Director (Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller) Supporting Actor (Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects, Sound, Sound Effects Editing
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Sky High - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Original Screenplay
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FROM DREAMWORKS:

Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Actor (Kurt Russell), Actress (Dakota Fanning), Original Score, Original Song (“Dreamer”)
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Red Eye - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Director (Wes Craven), Actor (Cillian Murphy), Actress (Rachel McAdams), Editing, Sound
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War of the Worlds - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Picture, Director (Steven Spielberg), Actor (Tom Cruise), Supporting Actress (Dakota Fanning), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects, Sound, Sound Effects Editing
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FROM FIRST LOOK:

My Date With Drew - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Documentary
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FROM FOX:

In Her Shoes - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Actress (Toni Collette), Supporting Actress (Shirley MacLaine), Adapted Screenplay
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Kingdom of Heaven - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Director (Ridley Scott), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Costume Design, Art Direction, Sound

Melinda and Melinda - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Actress (Radha Mitchell), Original Screenplay
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Millions - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Original Screenplay
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Mr. and Mrs. Smith - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Original Screenplay, Editing, Sound
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Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: Makeup
Snubs: Picture, Director (George Lucas), Supporting Actor (Ian McDiarmid), Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Editing, Visual Effects, Sound, Sound Effects Editing
Read eFilmCritic’s Reviews

Walk the Line - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Actress (Reese Witherspoon), Editing, Costume Design, Sound
Snubs: Picture, Director (James Mangold), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography
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FROM HART SHARP

Assisted Living - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: Original Screenplay
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FROM LAEMMLE / ZELLER FILMS

Up For Grabs - BUY THIS DVD!
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(http://www.upforgrabsmovie.com/)


FROM LIONS GATE:

Grizzly Man - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Documentary
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Happy Endings - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Supporting Actress (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Original Screenplay
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High Tension - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Director (Alexandre Aja), Cinematography, Editing, Sound
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Lord of War - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Director (Andrew Niccol), Actor (Nicolas Cage), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Sound
DVD Features: 177 mins, R, Anamorphic Widescreen (2:35), Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Commentary by Director Lars Von Trier and Cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle
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FROM MAGNOLIA:

Keane - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Actor (Damian Lewis), Original Screenplay
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A League of Ordinary Gentlemen - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Documentary
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FROM PARAMOUNT:

Bad News Bears - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Actor (Billy Bob Thornton), Adapted Screenplay
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Coach Carter - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Actor (Samuel L. Jackson)
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Elizabethtown - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Actress (Kirsten Dunst), Original Screenplay, Original Score, Original Song
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Four Brothers - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Supporting Actor (Chiwetel Elijofor)
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Hustle & Flow - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: Actor (Terrence Howard), Song (“It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp”)
Snubs: Director (Craig Brewer), Supporting Actress (Taraji P. Henson), Original Screenplay, Song (“Hustle & Flow”, “Whoop That Trick”), Editing, Sound
Read eFilmCritic’s Reviews

The Weather Man - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Director (Gore Verbinski), Actor (Nicolas Cage), Supporting Actor (Michael Caine), Original Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography
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FROM SONY/MGM:

Junebug - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Picture, Director (Phil Morrison), Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), Original Screenplay, Original Score
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Me and You and Everyone We Know - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Director (Miranda July), Actor (John Hawkes), Actress (Miranda July), Original Screenplay
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FROM THINKFILM:

The Aristocrats - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Documentary
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FROM UNIVERSAL:

The 40 Year-Old Virgin - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Picture, Director (Judd Apatow), Actor (Steve Carell), Actress (Catherine Keener), Supporting Actor (Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Romany Malco), Original Screenplay
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Broken Flowers - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Actor (Bill Murray), Supporting Actor (Jeffrey Wright), Original Screenplay
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Cinderella Man - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: Supporting Actor (Paul Giamatti), Editing, Makeup
Snubs: Picture, Director (Ron Howard), Actor (Russell Crowe), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Sound, Sound Effects Editing
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The Constant Gardener - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Editing
Snubs: Picture, Director (Fernando Meirelles), Actor (Ralph Fiennes), Cinematography, Sound
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The Ice Harvest - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Director (Harold Ramis), Actor (John Cusack), Supporting Actor (Billy Bob Thornton, Oliver Platt), Supporting Actress (Connie Nielsen), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing
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The Interpreter - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Director (Sydney Pollack), Actress (Nicole Kidman), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Sound
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Jarhead - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Director (Sam Mendes), Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal), Supporting Actor (Peter Sarsgaard, Jamie Foxx), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Sound
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King Kong -
Nominees: Visual Effects, Art Direction, Sound, Sound Effects Editing
Snubs: Picture, Director (Peter Jackson), Actress (Naomi Watts), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Costume Design, Original Score
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Land of the Dead - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Director (George A. Romero), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Makeup, Sound
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Pride & Prejudice - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: Actress (Keira Knightley), Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Score
Snubs: Picture, Director (Joe Wright), Supporting Actor (Donald Sutherland), Supporting Actress (Brenda Blethyn), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography
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Serenity - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Supporting Actor (Chiwetel Elijofor), Adapted Screenplay, Visual Effects, Sound, Sound Effects Editing
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FROM TARTAN.

Old Boy - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Foreign Film, Director (Chan-wook Park), Actor (Min-Sik Choi), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Sound
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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Original Screenplay
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FROM WARNER BROS.

Batman Begins - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: Cinematography
Snubs: Picture, Director (Christopher Nolan), Actor (Christian Bale), Supporting Actor (Liam Neeson, Michael Caine), Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound, Sound Effects Editing
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: Costume Design
Snubs: Actor (Johnny Depp), Adapted Screenplay,
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Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist - BUY THIS DVD!
Nominees: ZERO
Snubs: Director (Paul Schrader), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography
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AND IF YOU CAN'T WIN, BUY 'EM

SECOND PRIZE FROM FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT

The Abyss - BUY THIS DVD!
All About Eve - BUY THIS DVD!
Boy's Don't Cry - BUY THIS DVD!
Cleopatra - BUY THIS DVD!
Dr. Dolittle (1967) - BUY THIS DVD!
The French Connection - BUY THIS DVD!
Independence Day - BUY THIS DVD!
Julia - BUY THIS DVD!
The Last of the Mohicans (1992) - BUY THIS DVD!
M*A*S*H - BUY THIS DVD!
Master & Commander - BUY THIS DVD!
My Cousin Vinny - BUY THIS DVD!
Speed - BUY THIS DVD!
Tora! Tora! Tora! - BUY THIS DVD!
Wall Street - BUY THIS DVD!


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