How to Predict the Oscars: Meet the Experts

December 12, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

How to Predict the Oscars: Meet the Experts

A special panel discussion hosted by the USC School of Cinematic Arts

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 12th

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


About the Event

Four leading Oscarologists track the current race. Tom O'Neil, editor of the award-predictions website Gold Derby, leads the chat with Elena Howe (Los Angeles Times), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), and Chuck Walton (Fandango) five days before voting officially begins for Oscar nominations.

The timing of this event is also significant because it occurs on the same day as the announcement of SAG Award nominations (which usually agree more than 80% with Oscar bids) and one day before Golden Globe noms are unveiled (75% overlap with Oscar contenders). The panel addresses how other awards affect the Academy Awards – and how you can use that knowledge to predict the Oscar outcome.

Early racetrack odds at Gold Derby favor Argo, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook as ponies out front early in the Best Picture race.

About the Panelists

MATT ATCHITY has been editor-in-chief of Rotten Tomatoes for seven years, supervising the site's booming growth as the leading aggregator of film reviews.

ELENA NELSON HOWE has worked at the Los Angeles Times for 18 years, the last 6 on the film team of the Calendar section with a focus on awards season. As editor of the awards section The Envelope, Elena says she enjoys discussions of films and the creative process--from interviews with actors, film makers and below the line talent. And going to the movies during the day is pretty great too.

TOM O'NEIL is the founder of, which tracks who'll win the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and other showbiz awards by pooling the predictions of top experts and thousands of fans. O'Neil is the author of "Movie Awards," "The Emmys" and "The Grammys" (Penguin Putnam Books) and previously worked for the Los Angeles Times and E! Entertainment Network. His own greatest prediction: Susan Lucci's ultimate victory at the Daytime Emmys in 1999 after 18 previous defeats. More recently, he was one of the few pundits who foresaw Oscar wins by Meryl Streep and Marion Cotillard.

CHUCK WALTON is editor-in-chief of Fandango, the movie ticketing service that also offers film fans news, features, film clips, trailers, celebrity interviews, reviews by users and more. Recently, Fandango announced ambitious plans to expand as a multi-platform entertainment brand by producing more web-based programming.

Check-In & Reservations

This event is free of charge and open to the general public. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago