Nate Silver Can’t Predict The Oscars

The journalist has left behind The New York Times, where his FiveThirtyEight blog was focused largely on electoral politics, for ESPN and ABC, where he’ll do everything from commenting on sports to offering on-air predictions as to who will win the Academy Awards (ABC’s most important and consistently popular non-sports franchise). Salon’s Daniel D’Addario worries about Silver’s new gig, in part because Silver isn’t good at predicting the Oscars. I’m not worried at all: handicapping Hollywood’s horse race will be a small part of Silver’s job. He should do well at its other aspects, especially those that involve poker, Silver’s passion.

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