Guess Oscar winners and you might be a winner

February 01, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

Want to win $100?

Enter The Herald-Mail's fifth Oscar Picks Contest for a chance.

The contestant with the most correct picks in the 10 selected categories will win. If there is a tie, a drawing will be held to decide the winner.

The 80th annual Academy Awards are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24. If the announcement of the Oscar winners is delayed due to the Writers Guild of America strike, the contest deadline will be extended.

We'll print the name and photo of our Oscar Picks Contest winner on Sunday, March 2, barring a delay in the ceremony.


Contest entry guidelines

To be eligible to win, contestants must live in Washington or Frederick counties in Maryland; Franklin or Fulton counties in Pennsylvania; or Berkeley, Jefferson or Morgan counties in West Virginia.

Herald-Mail employees and their family members are not eligible to participate.

Submit one entry per person.

The winner must be available to have his or her photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 26, or Wednesday, Feb. 27, barring a delay in the Oscar ceremony.

E-mail entries to or mail entries to Oscar Picks Contest, c/o Lifestyle, The Herald-Mail Co., P.O. Box 439, Hagerstown, MD 21741. Please type "Oscar picks" in the e-mail subject line, and include your name and a daytime phone number.

Entries will be due by 5 p.m. the Friday before the Oscars ceremony. As long as the ceremony is not delayed, the deadline is Friday, Feb. 22.

ยท Pick the Oscar winners from nominations in these 10 categories:

1. Picture: "Atonement," "Juno," "Michael Clayton," "No Country for Old Men," or "There Will Be Blood."

2. Director: Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"; Jason Reitman, "Juno"; Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"; or Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood."

3. Actor: George Clooney, "Michael Clayton"; Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"; Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"; Tommy Lee Jones, "In the Valley of Elah"; or Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises."

4. Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"; Julie Christie, "Away From Her"; Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose"; Laura Linney, "The Savages"; or Ellen Page, "Juno."

5. Supporting actor: Casey Affleck, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"; Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Charlie Wilson's War"; Hal Holbrook, "Into the Wild"; or Tom Wilkinson, "Michael Clayton."

6. Supporting actress: Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There"; Ruby Dee, "American Gangster"; Saoirse Ronan, "Atonement"; Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"; or Tilda Swinton, "Michael Clayton."

7. Adapted screenplay: Christopher Hampton, "Atonement"; Sarah Polley, "Away from Her"; Ronald Harwood, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"; or Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood."

8. Original screenplay: Diablo Cody, "Juno"; Nancy Oliver, "Lars and the Real Girl"; Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"; Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava and Jim Capobianco, "Ratatouille"; or Tamara Jenkins, "The Savages."

9. Animated Feature Film: "Persepolis"; "Ratatouille"; or "Surf's Up."

10. Foreign language film: "Beaufort," Israel; "The Counterfeiters," Austria; "Katyn," Poland; "Mongol," Kazakhstan; or "12," Russia.

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