By Caryn James | James on Screens February 24, 2011 at 2:58AM
This week Jimmy Kimmel is enlisting Heidi the Cross-Eyed Possum to predict the Oscar winners - and really, at this late stage of awards season, doesn't that seem as sensible a way to guess as any? Besides, as Kimmel pointed out, "Possums are the most film-savvy of all the marsupials."
Take a look and let me know: is it too cynical to think that Kimmel's staff put a little peanut butter (or whatever a possum likes) behind the photos of the winners?
Here's a clip of Heidi from last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! predicting Best Actor.
Here's a more reluctant Heidi on Tuesday choosing Best Actress.
Near the end of an overloaded awards season, everyone gets a little punchy; watch my IndieWire colleague Leonard Maltin's hilarious, deadpan Oscar conversation with Mike Tyson from FunnyorDie. (Hint: Heidi guesses better than Tyson.)
But if you're serious about making predictions, you need to geek out and understand the Academy's complicated system of counting Best Picture ballots, on which voters rank their choices. Steve Pond of The Wrap explains how the preferential voting system works.