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Is there a formula for winning Oscars?

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Or one for receiving nominations?

I've read 3  different articles now, all mentioning The King's Speech as a guaranteed Oscar Nomination in a few categories. One of which even says that the film, "adheres to every rule in the Oscar playbook." Clearly, casting Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush helps. But besides cast, what are the rules of the Oscar playbook? I'm a little unclear on this.
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  Chris Kavan
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Hmmmm Oscar Rules...

1) Be Dramatic - because, with a few exceptions, Academy voters prefer dramas over comedy, sci-fi, action, horror, fantasy and animated films. Sure, you have your occasional Lord of the Rings or Silence of the Lambs, but for the most part: serious, dramatic - maybe some history - your chances increase exponentially.

2) Impress the Critics - If you can appeal to this small but vocal group, chances are your film has a better shot than a film that makes buckets of money (see Hurt Locker vs. Avatar - last year).

3) Don't Completely Bomb - You don't have to necessarily make a lot of money (see also Hurt Locker) but don't expect to win gold if critics love you but audiences loathe you.

4) Release Date Matters - Again, there are exceptions, but it seems to me that most films that are nominated are released towards the end of the year, rather than the start of it. Apparently Academy voters have crap memories.

5) If All Else Fails, Media Blitz! - I don't know the politics behind the system, but it seems any movie with a hint of winning Oscar gold launches some kind of campaign. Depending on whose running the show, contacts and, in all probability, money you have handy, you can greatly increase the chances of your film at least being nominated.

I have no idea if any of the above is actually true, but to my greatest ability that's what I think.
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