Sure, if you want to get a good read on who the experts think is going to win the Oscars, there are always the Gurus o' Gold. But when it comes to the Oscars, are the experts' opinions really any more accurate than any other random method of guessing who the winners will be? We think not. In the past, we've predicted the Oscars with a tarantula, a game of pin-the-Oscar-on-the-donkey, a Magic 8 Ball and the Virtual Borgnine. Some of those oldies-but-goodies will be making a reappearance for you this week, but today we're getting all scientific: my kids pick the winners -- out of a hat.

The rules of engagement were simple. For each of the categories we're predicting, I wrote down the nominees in the order they are listed on the official Oscars web site. I then assigned each nominee, in that order, a letter from A-E. Wooden letters A, B, C, D, and E from one of the kids' word games went into a bright pink hat, and then, with much ceremony, I announced, "Best Actor!" (or whatever the category was) in a very impressive voice, and one of the kids would draw a random letter. And much excitement ensued. It's just that simple -- and probably not too far off from how a lot of the votes are decided.

For Best Picture, though, a mere hat-draw wasn't going to do it -- hey, we're not slackers around here -- so we went the extra mile and the kids played out a full game of Chutes-and-Ladders, with five players -- each piece representing a Best Picture Nominee. Chutes-and-Ladders is just like Hollywood: sometimes you randomly hit a ladder, and inexplicably climb to the top virtually overnight; sometimes you hit a slide, and go plummeting to the depths of despair while the world watches.

The predictions from our junior experts, after the jump ...
categories Oscars, Cinematical