Play Movieline's 'In Memoriam' Oscar Montage Pool!

Sure, conventional Oscar pools are fine ways to impress your friends and make a few bucks on the side. But when it comes to leveling the playing field for even the least film-savvy attendees at your soiree, there's only one pool that does the trick: Movieline's "In Memoriam" Montage Pool.

As even Academy executive director Bruce Davis will acknowledge, the "In Memoriam" sequence of late Hollywood luminaries is among the most difficult-to-produce segments of the entire Oscarcast. "[M]ore people die each year than can possibly be included in that segment," Davis said in a recent interview. "It gets close to agonizing by the end. You are dropping people who the public knows. It's just not comfortable."

That fierce emotional struggle -- not to mention the internal politics of weighing lesser-known Academy members versus mass celebrities, all of whom have died in the period between Feb. 1, 2009, and Jan. 31 Feb. 18, 2010 -- can now figure into your own Oscar tradition as well. Find below a selection of categories compiling some of this year's likeliest honorees, with convenient point values assigned to their recognition on Sunday. Print, share, discuss, and happy gambling! Well, maybe not "happy," but you know. Good luck.

· Will They Make It? (Choose One)

Dominick Dunne (+5)

Nick Counter (+10)

Steven Miessner (AMPAS' "Keeper of the Oscars") (+15)

Marilyn Chambers (+25)

None of the above (+20)

· Will Open the Montage

Al Martino (+5)

Dorothy Bridges (+10)

Sydney Earle Chaplin (+20)

Maurice Jarre (+25)

None of the above (+15)

· Will End the Montage

Patrick Swayze (+5)

Michael Jackson (+10)

John Hughes (+20)

David Carradine (+25)

None of the above (+15)

· Will Get Montage's First Video Clip

Farrah Fawcett (+5)

Natasha Richardson (+10)

Art Clokey (+20)

Soupy Sales (+25)

None of the above (+15)

· Will Get Montage's First Sound Clip

Bea Arthur (+10)

Dom DeLuise (+15)

Ron Silver (+20)

Ed McMahon (+25)

None of the above (+5)

· First Actor Named

Al Martino (+5)

Edward Woodward (+10)

Dom DeLuise (+15)

Karl Malden (+25)

None of the above (+20)

· First Actress Named

Zelda Rubinstein (+5)

Farrah Fawcett (+10)

Jennifer Jones (+15)

Brittany Murphy (+25)

None of the above (+20)

· First Director Named

Howard Zieff (+5)

Robert Ginty (+10)

Ken Annakin (+20)

Dan O'Bannon (+25)

None of the above (+15)

· First International Auteur Named

Éric Rohmer (+5)

Ivan Dykhovichny (+20)

Alejandro Doria (+25)

None of the above (+10)

· Oldest Selection

Karl Malden, 97 (+5)

Budd Schulberg, 95 (+10)

Ken Annakin, 94 (+15)

Coy Watson, Jr., 96 (+25)

None of the above (+20)

· Will Get His/Her Own Montage Elsewhere in Oscarcast

John Hughes (+5)

Michael Jackson (+10)

Natasha Richardson (+25)

None of the above (+15)



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