I just found out today that I'm worth over six million dollars.
More about that later.
But first, I want to talk about The Oscars. Oh, if there's one man you can count on for entertainment, glamour and an all-out bash, it's that little guy made of gold.
Nominations were announced today for the 77th Academy Awards (February 27th on ABC @ 8:00 PM).
So far, The Aviator racked up the most nods... with a hefty eleven including one for best picture. Million Dollar Baby and Finding Neverland each faired well, with five nominations a piece.
I, for one, am pulling for my twin Kate Winslet, who was nominated for best actress.
K.W. in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Photo courstesy of oscar.com)
My mother insists she sees a resemblance
President Bush has a nomination of his own to cheer on.
The Commander In Chief was nominated for a Razzie award. He goes up against Ben Affleck in the Worst Actor category, for Jersey Girl and Fahrenheit 9-11, respectively.
I'm pulling for Bush on this one.
Now, about the money.
Well. I've long told people that I am in fact an heir to the Folger coffee fortune. As nice as that sounds, unfortunately it's not true (though I'd be happy to marry in to the family, so any single Folger men, please feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org).
I am however, very, very rich in the HSX world.
"HSX?", you ask? "Is that some kind of fancy railroad company?" No. I haven't seen that one on any of the Monopoly properties.
HSX is short for the Hollywood Stock Exchange. It's a veritable fantasy football, Hollywood style, where you buy and sell your favorite stars and movie projects. They set you up with two million dollars in HSX money and let you run buck wild (and naked if you want to) while picking shares, stocks and options.
I started, oh, about a year ago and have amassed a nice little fortune (at last check $6,031,541.44), thanks to some good speculating on Shrek 2, Fahrenheit 9-11 and The Passion of the Christ. It's a fun little game to estimate which flicks/stars you think are going to do well or which ones are going to bomb. You can also pick up Movie Funds, which group like movies together like a Mutual Fund, The Disney Studio Fund or The Comeback Fund, for example.
Right now my holdings include 11,005 shares of the upcoming Charlie & The Chocolate Factory remake (the original is one of my all time favorites). I bought the shares at just over $124 and they're running right now at around $128. I'm betting this one will skyrocket by July, though.
Image courtesy of HSX.com
For those of you looking for a sugar mama, sorry to burst your bubble. I haven't quite yet figured out a way to cash out my HSX stocks, so the sweetest thing about me is probably my KY Derby Pie recipe ;)