On Sunday night, millions will tune in to watch pretty people take home gold statues, and Hollywood will expect us to take it all very seriously.
This year, that’s harder than ever as ignorant snubs for films like Straight Outta Compton, Creed, The Hateful Eight, Carol, and Diary of a Teenage Girl make it clear that the average Academy voter is more concerned with nominating films that fit the bill for traditional Oscar fare than with honoring the year’s best and most memorable films.
As a result, we’re left with one of the least populist, most awards-bait-stuffed Best Picture fields in years.
Sure, the Academy threw the average Joe Popcorn Bucket a bone with Mad Max: Fury Road, but with the exception of the film doesn’t stand a chance in any of the major categories (it might not even take home any technical awards).
So while there are many strong contenders this year (For the love of God, see TheBigShort, Brooklyn, and Room, if you haven’t already.), there are probably more than a few big nominees you haven’t seen, and there might be a few you’ve never even heard of.
Regardless, many of us will drunkenly toss a $20 into the pot and fill in some bubbles before hunkering down to see if anyone trips on the red carpet. (Don’t let us down, J-Law!)
That’s why we’ve assembled the list below to provide you with all the information you’ll need to fleece your friends on Hollywood’s biggest night.
Of course, if you really want to play it safe, just find some uninformed sucker and bet him that all the night’s acting prizes will go to white people.
Unlike minorities working in the film industry, you’re sure to win big!