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How to Win Your Oscar Pool in a Most Unpredictable Year

The familiar rules don't apply to this year's Oscars, but there are still plenty of ways to make educated guesses.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 24: A view of the podium and the Oscar statue before the announcement of the 95th Academy Award nominations at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 24, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Well, this is it: Oscar weekend 2023. After many months of awards shows piling up on top of each other, the 95th Academy Awards finally arrive on Sunday. For months now, “Everything Everywhere All at Once” has been the top contender for Best Picture, but that doesn’t make the rest of the categories so easy to call. From crafts to the short films and documentaries, there are several key areas that make any Oscar pool into a tricky proposition. But there is still plenty of room for educated guesses.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss several of those and address the recent theories around a Best Picture upset. They also look ahead to the ceremony and why it’s almost certain to be an improvement over last year’s debacle.

For more assistance with your Oscar pool, check out Thompson’s official predictions here, our conversation about the hardest categories to predict, and additional insight into the short film categories here.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 

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