Pick the correct Oscar winners and win $50

January 28, 2011
  • Jeff Bridges, left, and Hailee Steinfeld are shown in a scene from "True Grit." The film is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Adapted Screenplay. Bridges was nominated for Best Actor and Steinfeld is nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
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They say that in Hollywood, it's all about who you know.

In this case, knowing who to pick for The Herald-Mail's eighth Oscar Picks Contest could make you $50 richer.

The Herald-Mail's Oscar contest is back. James Franco and Anne Hathaway will co-host the 83rd Academy Awards, to be broadcast live at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, on ABC.

But picking the correct Academy Award winners in 10 categories before the big night will earn you the cash and a moment in the spotlight — a picture of you and a story about how you made your picks in a Sunday Lifestyle section.

In order to be eligible, contestants must live in Washington or Frederick counties, 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. Please include your name, where you live and a daytime phone number.

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.

Mail entries to Oscar Picks Contest c/o Lifestyle; The Herald-Mail Co.; P.O. Box 439; Hagerstown, MD 21741 or send an e-mail to, with "Oscar picks" in the subject line.

Entry submissions are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23.

The winner must be available to have his or her photo taken Monday, Feb. 28, or Tuesday, March 1.

Best Picture

  •  "Black Swan," Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, producers
  •  "The Fighter," David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, producers
  •  "Inception," Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, producers
  •  "The Kids Are All Right," Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, producers
  •  "The King's Speech," Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, producers
  •  "127 Hours," Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, producers
  •  "The Social Network," Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, producers
  •  "Toy Story 3," Darla K. Anderson, producer
  •  "True Grit," Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, producers
  •  "Winter's Bone," Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, producers


  •  "Black Swan," Darren Aronofsky
  •  "The Fighter," David O. Russell
  •  "The King's Speech," Tom Hooper
  •  "The Social Network," David Fincher
  •  "True Grit," Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Actor in a Leading Role

  •  Javier Bardem, "Biutiful"
  •  Jeff Bridges, "True Grit"
  •  Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"
  •  Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"
  •  James Franco, "127 Hours"

Actress in a Leading Role

  •  Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right"
  •  Nicole Kidman, "Rabbit Hole"
  •  Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone"
  •  Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"
  •  Michelle Williams, "Blue Valentine"

Actor in a Supporting Role

  •  Christian Bale, "The Fighter"
  •  John Hawkes, "Winter's Bone"
  •  Jeremy Renner, "The Town"
  •  Mark Ruffalo, "The Kids Are All Right"
  •  Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech"

Actress in a Supporting Role

  •  Amy Adams, "The Fighter"
  •  Helena Bonham Carter, "The King's Speech"
  •  Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"
  •  Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit"
  •  Jacki Weaver, "Animal Kingdom"

Adapted Screenplay

  •  "127 Hours," screenplay by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
  •  "The Social Network," screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  •  "Toy Story 3," screenplay by Michael Arndt; story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  •  "True Grit," written for the screen by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  •  "Winter's Bone," adapted for the screen by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

Original Screenplay

  •  "Another Year," written by Mike Leigh
  •  "The Fighter," screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson; story by Keith Dorrington, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson
  •  "Inception," written by Christopher Nolan
  •  "The Kids Are All Right," written by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
  •  "The King's Speech," screenplay by David Seidler

Animated Feature Film

  •  "How to Train Your Dragon," Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  •  "The Illusionist," Sylvain Chomet
  •  "Toy Story 3," Lee Unkrich

Foreign Language Film

  •  "Biutiful," Mexico
  •  "Dogtooth," Greece
  •  "In a Better World," Denmark
  •  "Incendies," Canada
  •  "Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)," Algeria

Party like an A-lister ...

It's an Oscar party — at least online. If you're on Twitter, follow Lifestyle Editor Crystal Schelle (@crystalschelle) while she tweets about the 83rd Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 27, while watching it live on ABC. Coverage will start at 7 p.m. with comments about those walking the red carpet. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. Follow our live tweets #HMOscars.

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