The Herald-Mail's Oscar Picks Contest

February 06, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

Who couldn't use $50 this year?

So take a shot in The Herald-Mail's sixth Oscar Picks Contest and see if you can correctly guess who will win Academy Awards in 10 categories. The winner will receive $50 and have his or her picture published in The Herald-Mail.

The contestant with the most correct picks in 10 selected categories will win. (See the categories and rules below.)

The 81st annual Academy Awards are scheduled to be televised on ABC at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22.

We'll print the results, along with the name and photo of our Oscar Picks Contest winner, on Sunday, March 1.

Pick the Oscar winners from nominations in these 10 categories:

o 1. Picture ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Frost/Nixon," "Milk," "The Reader," "Slumdog Millionaire")

o 2. Director (David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon"; Gus Van Sant, "Milk"; Stephen Daldry, "The Reader"; Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire")


o 3. Actor (Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor"; Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"; Sean Penn, "Milk"; Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler.")

o 4. Actress (Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"; Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"; Melissa Leo, "Frozen River"; Meryl Streep, "Doubt"; Kate Winslet, "The Reader")

o 5. Supporting actor (Josh Brolin, "Milk"; Robert Downey Jr., "Tropic Thunder"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt"; Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"; Michael Shannon, "Revolutionary Road")

o 6. Supporting actress (Amy Adams, "Doubt"; Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"; Viola Davis, "Doubt"; Taraji P. Henson, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler")

o 7. Adapted screenplay (Eric Roth and Robin Swicord, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; John Patrick Shanley, "Doubt"; Peter Morgan, "Frost/Nixon"; David Hare, "The Reader"; Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire")

o 8. Original screenplay (Courtney Hunt, "Frozen River"; Mike Leigh, "Happy-Go-Lucky"; Martin McDonagh, "In Bruges"; Dustin Lance Black, "Milk"; Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter, "WALL-E")

o 9. Animated Feature Film ("Bolt"; "Kung Fu Panda"; "WALL-E")

o 10. Foreign language film ("The Baader Meinhof Complex," Germany; "The Class," France; "Departures," Japan; "Revanche," Austria; "Waltz With Bashir," Israel)

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.

One entry per person.

The contestant with the most correct picks in these 10 selected categories will win. If there is a tie, a drawing will be held to decide the winner. The winner must be available to have his or her photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 24, or Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Entry submissions are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 - the Friday before the Oscars ceremony. Submit entries to The Herald-Mail by mail or e-mail:

o Mail entries to Oscar Picks Contest; c/o Lifestyle; The Herald-Mail Co.; P.O. Box 439; Hagerstown, MD 21741

o E-mail entries to Please type "Oscar picks" in the subject line. Please include your name and a daytime phone number.

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