The first Oscar ceremony I remember was the year of Titanic. Family and friends gathered around the TV, ate some of my dad’s famous chocolate chip cookies and watched the ceremony. Though most people were thrilled when Titanic won. I remember feeling horrified that the winning movie did not involve a happy ending but instead an iceberg, two thousand passengers and the frigid Atlantic Ocean. Since then, my passion for the Oscars has grown more pronounced, or at least more public. I convinced the Yale University Economics Department that “The Hunt for Oscar Gold: What it Takes to Win an Academy Award” was a legitimate topic for a senior essay. I started a newsletter/website about the Oscar race. And I try, as always, to see all of the major Oscar contenders.

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