Winning the Pool

This is a tough year for Academy Award swamis. No epics. No blockbusters. A Best Picture fight between the gay movie Brokeback Mountain and the racial movie Crash. Talk about obscure--it's less like the Oscars, more like the Obies. So how to win the office pool? Trust your gut, but feel free to follow some of these tips.

HOW TO PICK THE TOP PIC In the past 25 years, the top Oscar has usually gone to the film with the most nominations, the winner of the Directors Guild award and a film set in the past. Vote Brokeback over Crash.

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