Printable 2013 Oscar Ballot & Oscar Picks contest!

It’s Oscar Weekend!

Sunday night the 85th annual Academy Awards take place right here in my living room.



Every year the fella and I watch as many of the Oscar nominated movies as we can. Even the ones we don’t want to watch. Like Lincoln and Les Miserable. Actually that’s not fair, I really wanted to see Lincoln to begin with. It was only once I started watching it that I realized I was horribly, horribly mistaken and turned it off t to watch the infinitely more entertaining coffee table.

I still haven’t been able to stomach the thought of watching Les Miserable.  But I have a couple of days to go yet.  Fingers crossed I get bonked on the head and suddenly have the urge to see it.

The night is always the same.  I drag out my  Oscarettes from the basement and set them on either side of the living room entryway, make an assortment of appetizers like Uncle Shifty’s Antojitos, Quesadillas, cheese & crackers, olives and chill some Diet Coke.  This year I’m even more excited about the food  because to serve things, I have one of  Cattails Studio’s Charcuterie boards.  Which is also more entertaining than the movie Lincoln.

We sit down to watch the pre-show so I can gasp at the dresses.  Mostly bad gasps where I say things like “Omg. Is that a flower in her HAIR?  Someone rip that flower out of her HAIR!  These are the Oscars and not a cotillion.   Where’s Tilda Swinton?  I need to see Tilda Swinton. I’m going into a diabetic coma from all the sweet dresses, G I V E   M E   T I L D A   S W I  N T ON!!!!”

Or something like that.  I’m normally on the phone with my mother when I say these things and she normally agrees with me, although she has a slightly higher tolerance for frothy prom dresses than I do.

Once the Oscar fashion show is over, I hang up with my mother and throw a blanket over the fella who always falls asleep somewhere around dress #2.  Then I stuff my face, grab my and the fella’s ballot and start ticking off winners.  Most years I also take to Facebook and Twitter to give my unbridled opinion on everything.  So if you don’t want to hear me talk about the horrors of fashion or  how Anne Hathaway trying to sound deep gives me ringworm symptoms then don’t follow along on Facebook or Twitter.

You can still take part in all of The Art of Doing stuff Oscar fun by printing out this ballot I made for you, filling it out and emailing it back to me by Sunday, February 24th at 6:00p.m. (EST).



Click here to download your printable 2013 Oscar Ballot.

Print out your ballot, tick off your choices for winners in ALL categories, save the new ballot and email it back to me at

Whoever gets the most right, wins an Art of Doing Stuff tea towel and bookmark.  If there’s a tie you’ll both get tea towels and bookmarks.

tea towel


All entries must be emailed to me by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24th and ALL categories must have a winner selected.

The winner will be announced next Tuesday (February 26th.).

Have a good weekend and get pickin’!



  1. Becca says:

    Wow… that”s a multiple choice test that I totally failed to study for. Our family has seen a total of two of the movies that were nominated… Brave and The Hobbit. The rest… ummmm… pick a box, any box. The fella should be on the list. We could pick him for best supporting something.

  2. cred says:

    This sounds like a fun tradition- especially the appetizers. But I couldn’t sit and watch for that long…. well, not unless there were a enough appetizers to last the entire awards show.
    The mention of Cattails studios reminded me- I had been coveting Brenda’s rolling pins since your giveaway over a year ago and told myself that I would have to buy myself the beautiful flame birch french pin one day. This fall I’d shown Brenda’s website to my sister and committed to buying it for myself in the new year after the xmas bills were paid. But my sweet & sly sister took note and purchased one for me and it arrived for me on xmas eve. I was so excited and it was packed so beautifully that I had to wrap it back up, twice, to show my sister and later my sister-in-law how lovely the whole deal was. Brenda is a true craftswoman- I just love my french pin. I would want one even if I didn’t use it occasionally but it also works beautifully for pie crust.
    So, thanks to you for introducing me to Brenda’s Cattail studios. I should have another look and see what new offering she may have and buy myself that post-xmas gift.

    • Karen says:

      I have to agree with you……..hubby asked his yearly question about a week before Christmas “lepschen what could Santa get you for Christmas”. Instead of my usual “nothing dear, I have everything I could possibly want” answer, I actually told him I will send you the link to these beautiful rolling pins, you pick the one you think I will like the most……..well low and behold not one, but two rolling pins showed up under my tree, along with three candlesticks with chickens on them and a promise for more goodies because my hubby thought she was the nicest person lol. I love them and it is good that he got two because my two sons have already laid dibs on them as heirlooms, just like I did to my grandmothers rolling pin her father made her as a wedding present in 1927. So thank you for the call out.

  3. Julie says:

    I really want that walnut serving board now.

  4. Michelle says:

    I have seen exactly ZERO of those movies! I have seen every Barbie movie about a gazillion times and just about every animated movie out there. Gonna fill out a ballot and enter anyway…what the heck? I do agree that the fella should be included somewhere on the ballot…not sure where tho.

  5. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    BEST SUPPORTING NON-HUSBAND..for the Fella..I haven’t seen any of them yet either..I will be watching Lincoln..good or bad..cause my fella lived his teenage years in Gettysburg so he likes to watch the Civil War stuff..Have fun Karen..

  6. Robyn says:

    I love-love-love Oscar time and have an ongoing Oscar pool around the office with bonus points for predicting a “Weeper”! Great fun!
    I just wish they were held on a Friday / Saturday night so the party atmosphere I experience could be ramped up and shared! Expect my ballot soon!

  7. Ruth says:

    Oops, the film Skyfall, should have been listed under Best Original Score.

    • Karen says:

      Shoot, you’re right! There’s a space for it, but I must have someone accidentally deleted it. I’ve since added it in, but will eliminate that category altogether from the voting if anyone doesn’t get the updated file. (I’ll notify the people who have already sent me their entries). Thanks! ~ karen

  8. Mary Werner says:

    Do we complete the form with who we think YOU would pick as winners or who actually wins?

  9. Isabel says:

    funny you saying that. I started to watch Lincoln but fell asleep halfway through the loooong dialogues.
    And Les Misérables I am still unable to face. But that is because I cry a lot in sad movies, and I don’t usually like to cry a lot.
    I was ashamed do admit all of this, until you just went and said it.
    thank you!

  10. Barbie says:

    I am looking forward to Sunday’s Oscars as well. I have not seem Lincoln either, however we did see Les Mis…..and LOVED it! Surprisingly! Ann Hathaway kind of blew us away….was not expecting that ….especially from a musical. Even my hubs loved it (he HATES musicals) So I have high expectations for Ann H. getting the oscar…but she is up against some real heavy hitters! So who knows!
    Will miss Angelina’s leg though ;0

  11. Marie says:

    I can’t believe you don’t want to see Les Mis — it’s the only one nominated that I did see. The songs are classics. Will you consider reading the book? It’s wonderful. There were alot more connections between the characters than the play or movie revealed.

  12. Theresa says:

    Nice contest. Sent in my picks! /crossing fingers

  13. Shauna says:

    AAAHHHH, what happened to your print button??? I just killed a tree printing out Uncle Shifty’s Antojito recipe – 9 pages and it’s an ugly mess. only 3 of which contain the actual recipe, but seriously, the recipe does not need to be on 3 pages – it could easily fit on one page if we still had access to the handy dandy print button.

    Why oh why is it gone?

  14. Brenda says:

    And they’re off…. my nominations, that is. On their way to Canada. Saw Les Mis on Thanksgiving Day. Loved it, but I love musicals. Trying not to cry in movie theaters gives me a headache. Worse yet, there was an older gentlemen sitting down from us, alone, who started crying about half-way through and didn’t stop. Heart-wrenching sobs. I wanted to say something, but didn’t want to embarrass him. Will always regret not approaching him. So my memories of seeing Les Mis, although a great production, are…..well…..miserable.

  15. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    Why am I not able to print it?? I can print the 2012 list, but not the 2013. Help!

  16. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    You are the sweetest thing ever!! Thanks Karen!

  17. Sarah In Illinois says:

    I have not seen any of these movies. Even worse, I haven’t even heard of half of them! I need to get out more! 😉

  18. Tracy says:

    I have been watching the Oscars for my entire life, an Oscar party for 2, my and my moms yearly tradition. She has been gone for 9 years now and I have never found anyone that shares my passion for the red carpet, and award winning moments that my mom and I loved. So Karen, you are my Oscar partner…you are my someone to compare my “oh my gaaawwwd, is she wearing that!?!?” moments with. I await your every Facebook post and play by play. Thank you.

  19. Maggie O'C says:

    Man, I just barely escaped seeing Lincoln. I was set to take my teenagers tonight and luckily I read a ton of negative stuff about it so I can avoid the rolled eye boredom of my daughters.

    Anne Hathaway gives me shingles.

    A friend just sent me the link to your blog and I feel better about myself just reading it. Good stuff.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Maggie! But more importantly … STAY AWAY FROM LINCOLN. I hope Anne Hathaway wins and gives a really long acceptance speech so she can prove to me once again why I don’t like her. ~ karen!

  20. Bobbi says:

    Loved Lincoln… and Les Mis

  21. Watching Lincoln and Les Mis is as appealing as doing homework…

  22. Beasts of the Southern Wilds blew my mind.

  23. Chris says:

    I will be watching this year but not for the dresses or the speeches but for two people and that would be Seth MacFarlane and Adele. Seth always cracks me up, and will be great to hear Adele sing again and with a full orchestra. I will print out your ballot and I think I will keep my snacks to usual theatre stuff like popcorn, boxes of candy and maybe nachos. As far as the dresses go I yearn for a Cher and Bjork moment. Anne Hathaway and her painful speeches – noooo! Will check out your comments on twitter!

  24. Jack says:

    I give “Lincoln” a ten……excellent movie. Great direction, acting, and editing. I am a bit of an fan of American politics and a regular watching the U.S. political perspectives on CNN. This movie helped bring all of that to life……definitely going to take a couple of Oscars tonight.

  25. Janine says:

    I ended up just adding text to the original PDF, rather than printing. Hope that’s okay! I saw Les Mis unfortunately…ugh, it was so long. The music was good but…it was no Hobbit!

  26. Rhonda says:

    Wow! You put a lot of time and effort into this ballot. I didn’t join in on your contest fun but I will definitely be using this tonight to keep track of the winners. Thank you!!
    ps…..I look forward to your blogs every day….they keep me giggling 🙂

  27. I get the blank print too! Weird! We saw them all, except Les Mis. It sounds confusing and really, really sad. And that is not how I like my entertainment.

  28. Jasmine says:

    Okay, so I didn’t watch the Oscars…well, except for the “Ready Seth Go” and the pre-red carpet walk (which, let’s face it is pretty important) because I had to feed family and extended family tonight (lovely bbq salmon and some roasted cauliflower thanks to you). But I have to say I love your facebook updates. I love Barbara too, and Kristen Stewart needs to find a hobby and Anne needs a bra…but next year I want to watch the big show with you and your Oscarettes. You have your finger on the pulse of the Oscars Karen.

  29. Sara says:

    Aaagh! I missed it! You would have made the Oscars infinitely more interesting. I nominate you for next year’s host. You’d be a much better choice than Sunday’s.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Sara – I figure I lost about 30 facebook Fans that night. So I think I had a pretty good running commentary going. ~ karen!

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