You've seen the movies, you've read the reviews, and you know the buzz. Now, it's time for you to fill out the ballot for your Oscars pool. Fear not, the Oscarologist has been doing this for 50 years -- 40 professionally -- and we'll get you through this.
First, the most important rule in the game, and one that is broken by the smartest and most confident among us: Do not let your personal feelings about nominees influence your choices. Nothing feels better than when the movie or actor you hope will win, that you bet will win, does win. But when that hope makes you bet on a long shot and you lose, well, there goes the pool and here comes the disappointment.