The 11th Annual eFilmCritic Oscar Pick 'Em (WIN 50 BLU-RAYS & DVDS!)

By Erik Childress
Posted 02/05/12 03:57:52

THE ULTIMATE OSCAR CONTEST IS BACK! Blame the economy, blame the terrorists, blame Tyler Perry, but we took a year off and it was clear the absence made your hearts grow fonder. And so we have brought it back with help from a great number of our studio friends who have generously donated some of their most overlooked films of 2011. Overlooked by the Oscars especially. Sure, we have some nominees in there, but surely they could have grabbed one of the two slots filled by Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Seriously, any other film would have made a better choice. But that is what we have tried to do with this contest for years. Shine the spotlight on films you may have missed throughout the year - or - re-shine the light on films you loved that clearly Academy voters did not. All you have to do is win and your film library will be all the richer for it. Come in the top five and you are just like one of the Oscar nominees. No trophy, but one heck of a gift basket to go home with. Plus, we have some random gifts to those who just showed up.


RULES, GUIDELINES, & HOW TO PLAY (DEADLINE: February 26 at 6:00 PM Eastern)
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. (NOTE: Due to shipping restrictions, this contest is only open to participants from the U.S. If you live somewhere else and have a U.S. address we can send your prizes too, then you may enter.)

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.


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. (And that number may actually go up this year, so stay tuned!)

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. And maybe just a Best Picture nominee or five for good measure. By collecting the most points amongst your various Oscar picks you will be adding to your collection a copy of each of the following Blu-rays & 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


- Our next 10 Oscilloscope releases on DVD or Blu-ray (when available) straight to your mailbox
- DVDs / Blu-rays will arrive about one week before the film is in stores or online
- Makes for a great gift for anyone who likes movies
- Every catalog title available for $15 each
- Exclusive invitations to special COT screening events and select Big Time Actor Movie Premieres
- Additional complimentary bonuses have included books, patented O-Scope pocket protectors, collectible trading cards (no rock-hard bubble gum!), and other stuff we've found in the laboratory
- All shipping and handling charges are included in the COT membership
- Past Circle of Trust DVDs and Blu-rays have included The Messenger, Meek's Cutoff, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, and Exit Through the Gift Shop



(To be distributed to random finishers.)


Many thanks to Anchor Bay, Bloody Disgusting, ESPN, Fox, IFC/MPI, Indomina, Lions Gate, Magnolia, Oscilloscope, Paramount, PBS, Summit and Universal for their generosity and participation in this contest.

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