And the Envelope, Please …


Hooray for Hollywood — and for Michael Elkin's "On the Scene" Academy Awards contest!

Come Sunday night, Feb. 24, we'll know who's the tops in talent for the past year of movie magic, courtesy of the Oscars. "On the Scene" winners have a chance to predict the award recipients.

Here's all you have to do: Pick the correct nominee in each category listed (only one selection per category). If you are the only entrant to pick all or the most winners, you get the grand prize. If no one makes all the right choices, the entrant with the most correct selections will win.

And what does the grand-prize winner get? Hold on to your popcorn, film fans!

What better way to be a Hollywood player than with a portable DVD player, the latest techno-wizardry that makes film-watching on the go all the more fun.

Here are some DVDs to slip in to that new player: Prize No. 2 in the booty bag is a collection of the past three Oscar-winning movies: "The Departed" (2006); "Crash" (2005); and "Million Dollar Baby" (2004).

Wait — there's more! What better way to get in the mood than to feel like a pampered star yourself. The winner will be going to L'Etoile, the acclaimed salon, in Jenkintown, for the star treatment of a hair-styling, shampoo and manicure, where owners Mel Silverman and Jerry Yellin will make you feel as glam as it gets. Look good when you then go to any of Philadelphia's prestigious three Ritz theaters, where you'll be able to use your 10 tickets to see the best in film anywhere.

And you'll also receive a batch of tickets to a private screening or two of films sponsored by "On the Scene" before they open to the public.

In case of ties, a random drawing will be held to determine the winner. Only one grand prize will be awarded. E-mail entries to:, with "Oscars" in the category line.

This contest is being conducted with the permission of, but is not affiliated with, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Employees of the Jewish Publishing Group and their families are not eligible. All e-mailed entries must be received for consideration by noon on Friday, Feb. 15.


Best Actor:

George Clooney, "Michael Clayton"; Daniel Day-Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"; Johnny Depp, "Sweeney Todd"; Tommy Lee Jones, "In the Valley of Elah"; and Viggo Mortensen, "Eastern Promises."


Best Actress:

Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"; Julie Christie, "Away From Her"; Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose"; Laura Linney, "The Savages"; and Ellen Page, "Juno."


Best Director:

Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood"; Joel and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"; Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"; Jason Reitman, "Juno"; and Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."


Best Movie:

"Atonement," "Juno," "Michael Clayton," "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood."


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