Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Statistical Formula Predicts Oscar Wins For Mirren And Whitaker

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you want to know who will win the Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars on February 25, it helps to do the math.

Luckily, a father and daughter based in Fairhaven, New Jersey, have already done it for you.

Ever since 1998, Jay and Karen Bennett have been picking Oscar winners using a formula that picks winners based on which nominees starred in a film nominated for Best Picture, and how close the nominee is to 43, the “magic age” for Oscar winners.

This year, 61-year-old Helen Mirren is the Best Actress favorite because her film, The Queen, is also up for Best Picture. Meanwhile, Forest Whitaker has the best chance to win Best Actor for his performance in The Last King Of Scotland, because he’s 45.

However, Karen Bennett says that if Leonardo DiCaprio had been nominated for The Departed instead of Blood Diamond, he’d be the favorite.

By the way, Bennett admits the formula’s success rate is only 50 percent but points out that you’d only have a 20 percent shot at being correct just picking the names out of a hat.

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