Ben Zauzmer designed a method to predict the big winners. He calls it Oscarmetrics: The Math Behind The Biggest Night in Hollywood.
Yes, he watches all of the films. But make no mistake, this is all about the numbers.
For the past 10 years, the odds have been in Zauzmer's favor.
"I've always been an Oscars fan and I'd always been a math guy," Zauzmer said.
Zauzmer is now the Director of Baseball Analytics for the New York Mets.
The Upper Dublin High School grad started his Oscarmetrics at Harvard University.
"Starting freshman year of college, I got into this idea of predicting the Oscars with math," Zauzmer said.
So, how's his record?
"Whichever nominee the model identifies as having the highest percentage chance to win, won 77% of the time," he said.
Let's crunch the numbers for the actors.
"Anthony Hopkins did win the BAFTA," Zauzmer said. "But it is still looking like the Best Actor will go to Chadwick Boseman for his performance in 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.' Daniel Kaluuya has won absolutely everything for 'Judas and the Black Messiah,' so he is the strong front runner for Best Supporting Actor."
For the ladies, Best Supporting Actress seems like a lock.
"The BAFTAs and the SAGs both went in favor of Yuh-Jung Youn, the actress from 'Minari,'" Zauzmer said. "She is probably the favorite at this point."
But best actress is a mathematical conundrum.
"The numbers have this one really close," he says. "I would say that this is the only one where I wouldn't be surprised if four of the five nominees win."
"The math is leaning towards Carey Mulligan by 'that much,'" Zauzmer said.
Sometimes, Zauzmer said, he doesn't necessarily agree with the math.
"Personally, my favorite was "Promising Young Woman," which I just thought was a spectacular movie and social commentary," Zauzmer said. "But, it's looking more and more likely that the front runner is 'Nomadland.'"
His prediction for Best Picture: "Nomadland."
Feelings, he said, play no part here.
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