how to win your office pool / by Warrior Ant Press Worldwide Anthill Headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

The office Oscar pool is almost as big a tradition as the office March Madness pool. But who to vote for? Even Academy members don't seem to have a clue. I had seen most of the nominated movies this year and my score - 14 out of 24 - a piddling effort, barely better than guess work. Where did m.o.i. go wrong?

Turns out, the thing to do is what others have found who have looked into winning March Madness pools. The group largely gets it right. Bet on the ones that other folks bet on. Since your office mates aren't likely to reveal their hand until yours are on the table, you should just look at the Vegas odds. Money talks, people lie.

Last night, voting with the favorite won 80 percent of the time. Not bad, but still unlikely to win the office pool. Exceptions to this rule last night were in the 3 short film categories, sound mixing, and original screenplay.

So ultimately, it's a life lesson. Mostly play by the rules, but take a few chances along the way. The best ones to take? It's a gamble.