The 82 nd Academy Awards took place in March 2010. The BBC analysed all of the best actor and best actress Oscar winners and found out which characteristics occurred most frequently.
The 82nd Academy Awards took place in March 2010
The BBC analysed all of the best actor and best actress Oscar winners and found out which characteristics occurred most frequently
Sandra Bullock won the best actress award for The Blind Side, an American football sports drama. Bullock was born in Virginia on 26th July 1964 and is 5’ 7½” tall
The BBC also produced this graph showing the ages of all Oscar winners.
Is it likely or unlikely that an actress of Bullock’s age won?
Jeff Bridges won the best actor for Crazy Heart – a movie about a self destructive country and western singer. Bridges was born in Los Angeles on 4th December 1949 and is 6’ 1” tall
What’s the same and what’s different about Bridges and the ‘typical’ Oscar winner?
Use the data from the BBC to decide which of the teachers in your school is most likely to win an Oscar!
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And the winner is…
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science held the 82nd of its annual Academy Awards ceremonies on 7 March 2010. The first of these
ceremonies was held on 16 May 1929, at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood. The cost of guest tickets for that night's ceremony was $5. Fifteen
statuettes were awarded, rewarding artists, directors and other personalities of the filmmaking industry. This year’s event was held at the
Academy’s permanent home, the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, and was hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin with an audience of nearly 43
This resource looks at the common characteristics of the winners of the best actor and actress awards (for example, 88% of the winners of best
actor have been above average height) and poses the question – which of the teachers in your school is most likely to win an Oscar!?
This context provides the opportunity for teachers and students to explore a number of objectives. Some that may be addressed are:
These will depend on the amount of freedom you allow your class with the activity. It might be worth considering how you’re going to deliver the
activity and highlighting the processes that this will allow on the diagram below:
The activity gives students the opportunity to make and justify predictions based on probabilities from a BBC analysis of past winners of the best
actor and best actress Oscar. Students are shown the results of the BBC analysis, are shown this year’s winners, and are asked to compare
them to the ‘expected’ results from the analysis. Students are asked to discuss what’s the same and what’s different about this year’s best actor,
Jeff Bridges, and the ‘typical’ winner and also to discuss whether it’s likely or unlikely that Sandra Bullock (born 1964) was the winner of the best
You might choose to stop the activity here, maybe asking students to give a written justification of their discussions, or you might choose to
continue to the final slide which poses the question ‘which of the teachers in your school is most likely to win an Oscar?!’. In answering this
question students are likely to have to decide on the most important causal factors (why are 71% of male winners American?) and to balance
these attributes with the characteristics of (willing!) members of the staff.
You may decide to change the level of challenge for your group.
To make the task easier you could consider:
To make the task more complex you could consider:
This task offers plenty of opportunities for developing students’ skills in justifying, and this might be a priority objective for the lesson
This resource is designed to be adapted to your requirements.
Working in groups:
This activity lends itself to paired work and small group work and, by encouraging students to work collaboratively, it is likely that you will allow
them access to more of the key processes than if they were to work individually.
You will need to think about how your class will work on this task. Will they work in pairs, threes or larger groups? If pupils are not used to
working in groups in mathematics you may wish to spend some time talking about their rules and procedures to maximise the effectiveness and
engagement of pupils in group work (You may wish to look at the SNS Pedagogy and practice pack Unit 10: Guidance for groupwork). You may
wish to encourage the groups to delegate different areas of responsibility to specific group members.
You may wish to consider how you will assess the task and how you will record your assessment. This could include developing the
assessment criteria with your class. You might choose to focus on the content objectives or on the process objectives. You might decide that
this activity lends itself to comment only marking or to student self-assessment.
If you use the APP model of assessment then you might use this activity to help you in building a picture of your students’ understanding
Assessment criteria to focus on might be
You may wish to introduce some points into the discussion which might include:
The first slide sets the scene
You will need:
The PowerPoint presentation and it might be useful to print out the second slide as a worksheet.
The second slide shows the graphic from the BBC website giving the results of their data analysis
The third slide shows this year’s winners and asks students to compare them to the ‘typical’ winner
The final slide sets the task asking ‘which of the teachers in your school is most likely to win an Oscar?!’