What's the object of the game?
To "beat the crowd," which means correctly predict more Oscar winners than the "crowd wisdom" does.
The game's engine works behind the scenes to combine everybody's individual predictions to determine the favorite in each Oscar category.
These "Crowd Favorites" are marked on your My Predictions screen with a big green check mark.
As each new player joins the game, or as players change their votes, the "Crowd Favorites" are adjusted immediately.
On Oscar night, you can follow along on your laptop, tablet or smartphone to see your tally vs The Crowd. When
the awards are all known, you'll know if you "Beat the Crowd."
Why should I play?
It's fun, and it's free.
Express yourself on the game's Crowd Buzz message board.
Sharpen your Oscar wits with a savvy crowd of movie-lovers
Share with friends on Facebook ("BeatTheCrowd") and Twitter (#beatthecrowd)
Learn from The Crowd -- do better in Oscar pools!
Win a Netflix subscription or other prize if you Beat the Crowd. (See note on prizes below.) Bragging rights are always the biggest prize of all!
Find movies on the game's Movieplex page to watch instantly to improve your chances
Grab yourself some Oscar glory!
I haven't seen many movies, so how could I do well?
Most people in this game have seen only a few movies and play for fun with their friends.
Others, including industry insiders or film critics, have seen lots of nominate movies and get deeply involved.
The thing is,
the "wisdom of the crowd" beats almost everyone, every year. One of our past winners, a student in Colorado, claimed he saw none of the movies but collected his information from the internet.
The Crowdmaster, who keeps things running smoothly, is fond of noting a clever strategy - go with The Crowd choices in unfamiliar categories,
and go your own way with the most familiar.
How do I sign up?
Go to www.srmedia.com/BeatTheCrowd for free registration.
You can use your Facebook account to set your name and email, or enter them separately on the registration screen.
Once you confirm your email address, you can start making predictions.
How much does it cost?
There is no entry fee.
What happens on Oscar night?
On Academy Awards night, voting closes at 8pm Eastern time. As awards are announced, everybody's
score is updated online for all to see. When the final
Oscar is awarded, we applaud those players who Beat the Crowd and ask for their "acceptance speeches," which are
published the following day.
How many people actually Beat the Crowd?
Last Oscar season (2011) The Crowd predicted 19 out of 24 Oscar winners.
About 15% of players Beat the Crowd, and the best of the best recieved prizes.
Are there prizes?
Bragging rights are the coin of this realm. But the best players are rewarded with movie-lover prizes
including Netflix subscriptions, DVDs of Oscar-winning movies,
or a copy of "The Wisdom of Crowds," the book which inspired this game. The Crowdmaster will announce
the exact prizes in the days preceding Oscar night.