By closely comparing Best Actress winners over the past 86 years, we were able to draw some conclusions about the role that beauty choices play when it comes to getting that Oscar guy to come home with you that night. Our insights are below. Now, bet responsibly...
-Of the 74 winners present to accept their awards (that's counting Joan Crawford , who claimed hers while bedridden, wearing an extravagant nightgown in full hair and makeup because it's diva-ism at its best and should be celebrated): 26 had updos, 21 had short hair, 25 wore their hair loose, and two wore hats. Basically this tells us that hairstyle won't help predict whose name will be in the envelope. And Jennifer Lawrence should totally wear a hat.
-Similarly: brows. Large, full brows have 17:4 odds against extremely thin ones. Although most winners fell somewhere in between.
-Of the 86 Best Actress Oscars awarded thus far (Barbra Streisand and Katharine Hepburn tied for one in 1969), 48 went to brunettes (at least they were brunettes at the time), 29 to blondes, three to redheads, and six to ladies embracing their grey hair. Considering the 2014 nominees, this makes Sandra Bullock the front-runner with 24:43 odds; Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep not far off; 3:43 odds for Judi Dench; and leaves Amy Adams the definite underdog. Again, that's if you completely disregard talent and the fact that this has nothing to do with hair color.
-Fourteen winners had a bold lip, Sandra Bullock being the only one in the past 20 years (she won for her role in The Blind Side). But she has that brunette thing going for her, so she can afford to take risks.
-The conservatively dressed have the best chances. Of the 74 awards-night champs, 35 showed no major skin. Most of the earlier winners, in fact, were reminiscent of Girl Scout nuns. Twenty women went sleeveless over the past 86 years; 12 showed notable cleavage; and seven have gone strapless. Barbra Streisand, Cher, Halle Berry, and 2005 Hilary Swank have their own, special category.