Here are the correct answers to the alternative questions:

1. What movie will win the most awards? The Artist and Hugo – 5 each

2. What will be the first category presented? Cinematography

3. What will the first commercial be for? JC Penney’s

4. How many of the acting winners will cry during their acceptance speeches? 2 – Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep

5. How long will the show be? B. 3 hours-just under 3 ½ hours

6. Who will present the award for Best Picture? Tom Cruise

7. How many acceptance speeches will include foreign words and phrases? 6 – Art Direction, Foreign Film, Supporting Actor, Score, Adapted Screenplay, Lead Actor

8. How many of the Best Picture nominees will be included in Billy Crystal’s opening montage? All 9, of course!

9. How many times will the orchestra start playing while a winner is still giving the acceptance speech? 1 – Documentary Feature

10. How many winners will not be present to accept their awards? 1 – Woody Allen for Original Screenplay

The inaugural edition of my alternative contest proved to be a tricky one, probably due to the number of questions that asked for a specific number. Congratulations to the entrant who did not provide a name, going by the handle of “thats_ent,” with 5 correct answers! (EDIT: See first comment below: our winner’s identity has been revealed.)  It was a big year for thats_ent, having also tied for first in the traditional contest. Here are the detailed results:

1. thats_ent – 5

T2. Sue Malone – 4

T2. Trish Mistric – 4

T2. Jason Tkach – 4

5. Brenton Andreasik – 3

T6. Agi B – 2

T6. Anita Hoffman Ehrenfried – 2

T6. Bob Malone – 2

T.9 Rob Malone – 1 (Rob answered only one question, and he was the only one to get that question correct – Tom Cruise as the Best Picture presenter.)

T10. Jeff Smith – 1