Thank you! Thank you for making a little idea in my head so awesome. I came up with the Fantasy Acting League way back in 2014, but it seemed like a silly idea. The concept was taking the UK’S Fantasy Football concept but turning it to acting. Actors scored points depending on how well their movies performed and how well they specifically performed. After a year of tweaking, I brought it to you. And you guys smashed it. Your enthusiasm really made it for me. We still have two rounds to go (next week will be Round 11, so if you already have a team, tune in!). However, I thought it was time to look ahead and plan for 2016. So please, everyone, get your teams in to me as soon as you can. I will copy and paste the rules from last year below.
It is essentially the same as a Fantasy Football team (in the UK, at the very least – you Americans have a far more complicated fantasy league system when it comes to sport). Everyone who wants to take part must pick three actors and three actresses that they think will score them the most points in 2015. The beauty of it is that once you’ve picked your six champions, the rest of the work is up to me and you just sit back, drinking cocktails, until you find out if you’ve won or you’ve lost at the end of next year. Obviously the talent is in picking your six champions. You have to try and work out who is going to score the most points. Sure, perhaps Chris Pratt might blow everyone else out of the water with a Five Star Jurassic World movie, but maybe you are better off picking an actor who will be in several movies next year. Even if half of them are awful, you might get more points than Pratt out of sheer numbers.
I have devised the point scoring system below. Just so you know, I am using Empire magazine in the UK as a source for reviews and verdicts. I am not using my own site to judge whether something is three stars or whatever. Remember, Americans: you we get your Hollywood blockbusters much later, so when it hits the end of the month, we might not be able to mark that December movie you were counting on, as it won’t appear for us until January. On the flip side, maybe one of the OSCAR-fuelled movies you have already seen could be a February release for us and therefore actually score some points in this league. This does also mean that a few movies could be missed off the list, namely B Movies. I am afraid I am not going to mark points for anything not mentioned by Empire, because they do cover most films and if anyone is picking a B Movie actor in their league, you are pretty much taking the biggest gamble there is. TV shows do not count in this game. Anyway the point system is as follows:
3 Points for a Lead Role
2 Points for a Supporting Role
1 Point for a Cameo
3 Points for a Five Star review
2 Points for a Four Star review
3 Points for a Three Star review
0 Points for a Two Star review
-1 Points for a One star review
2 Points if Empire Magazine specifically compliments your chosen champion’s performance.
-2 Points if Empire Magazine specifically criticises your chosen champion’s performance.
So let’s put the deadline for getting your teams in the 14th January. I want to see some new faces this year and if the old lot will be happy to rejoin the battle, I would be more than honoured. So, let the battle begin!