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ABC News Oscars Stock Market Explained
January 24, 2012

The ABC News Oscars Stock Market is a real-time snapshot of social sentiment, trending, search and the collective assessment of entertainment industry experts combined to determine the current 'value' of each Academy Award nominee.

It's fun, entertainment, or fantasy Oscars, if you will -- but not polling or predictive. This is our Oscar ballot with a sophisticated dash of social media.

So, how do we produce each number you see scrolling across the screen?

There are two main ingredients in the secret sauce: 1) the collective analysis of entertainment experts both inside and outside ABC News, and 2) social sentiment from publicly available Facebook & Twitter comments, search, trending, and influencer data compiled and weighted in collaboration with Bluefin Labs.

The market is open 7am-7pm ET, Monday-Friday, and is always visible at http://abcnews.go.com/entertainment and http://abcnews.go.com/entertainment/oscars.