80th Annual Academy Awards Predictions and Drinking Game

The 80th Annual Academy Awards aired Sunday Night, February 24, 2008.  Below were my predictions for the winners in the major categories.  The actual winners were filled in after the Oscars were announced.

It was an off year for the Academy as they chose the absolute worst film for Best Picture as a way to finally reward the Coen Brothers (just as I sadly predcited).  Meanwhile, the Schleicher Brothers tied for the lead in the Oscar Pool with 13 correct predictions from 24 categories.  This was off from my personal best from last year where I scored 17 correct predictions.


Best Picture:

Predicted:  No Country for Old Men

Possible Upset:  Atonement or There Will Be Blood

Winner:  No Country for Old Men

Best Director:

Predicted:  Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men

Possible Upset:  Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood

Winner(s): Joel and Ethan Coen

Best Actor:

Predicted:  Daniel Day Lewis for There Will Be Blood

Possible Upset:  No one

Winner:  Daniel Day Lewis

Best Actress:

Predicted:  Ellen Page for Juno

Possible Upset:  Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose or Julie Christie for Away from Her

Winner:  Marion Cotillard

Best Supporting Actor:

Predicted:  Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men

Possible Upset:  Tom Wilkinson for Michael Clayton

Winner:  Javier Bardem

Best Supporting Actress:

Predicted:  Amy Ryan for Gone Baby Gone

Possible Upset:  Tilda Swinton for Michael Clayton

Winner:  Tilda Swinton

Best Foreign Language Film:

Predicted:  The Counterfeiters  (Austria)

Possible Upset:  12  (Russia)

Winner:  The Counterfeiters

Best Animated Feature:

Prediction:  Ratatouille

Possible Upset:  Persepolis

Winner:  Ratatouille

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Predicted:  Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men

Possible Upset:  Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood

Winner(s):  Joel and Ethan Coen

Best Original Screenplay:

Predicted:  Diablo Cody for Juno

Possible Upset:  Tony Gilroy for Michael Clayton

Winner:  Diablo Cody


For the complete list of nominees and winners from every category, click below:



…and now on to the important stuff…the Rules for the 80th Annual Academy Awards Drinking Game:


Drink everytime:

-Someone thanks their “agent, spouse, parents, or kids.”

-They cut off a person’s acceptance speech unceremoniously with the “exit” music.

-Someone mentions the writer’s strike.

-One of Jon Stewart’s jokes falls flat.

-Somebody needlessly and awkwardly mentions something political as a presenter or winner.

-Jon Stewart makes a political joke.

-A winner says something to the effect of, “I can’t believe I won with all these other talented/wonderful people I was up against.”

-There is a completely unneccessary music/dance number.

-They honor the people who died last year.

-Somebody mentions Heath Ledger in conjunction with the words “tragedy” and/or “talent.”

-Somebody gets a standing ovation.

-Somebody quotes a piece of dialogue from Juno.

-Somebody quotes a piece of dialogue from There Will Be Blood.

Enjoy!  Wagering on the Oscars is encouraged.  And please drink irresponsibly…I mean, responsibly!

Written by David H. Schleicher



  1. Yo, D.S. I’m so glad your mom didn’t name you Brian, though with all that time you seem to have on your hands coming up with this stuff, I’m surprised we don’t get anymore BS drinking games.. 😉
    No, really – I am impressed, indeed.
    However; I do boycott the Oscars until some film dude comes to his senses and turns my story into a spicy action flick. Think that’s possible?
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