More than 450 Gold Derby readers predicted who would win the Critics’ Choice Awards this year. In all, you entered almost 5,000 predictions and the results of these have been tabulated. Our user Umur Cagin Tas topped everyone, including our Experts and Editors, by foreseeing 11 of the 12 categories. The only category he missed was Best Adapted Screenplay; he had the winner “Moneyball” in second place behind “The Descendants.” That outcome was the biggest surprise of the night with only 21% of Users foreseeing it.
One of our nine Experts — Gold Derby honcho Tom O’Neil — and one of our eight Editors, Daniel Montomery, each predicted 10 of the 12 races correctly. Tom and Daniel both went for Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”) in Best Actress over eventual champ Viola Davis (“The Help”) while Tom missed “Rango” taking Best Animated Feature and Daniel dropped the “Moneyball.”
Among our other Experts, Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) each got nine right while Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today) scored eight, Kevin Polowy (Next Movie) got seven and Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Pete Hammond (Deadline) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) all batted .500 with six each.
Among the other Editors, Chris Beachum, Rob Licuria and David Schnelwar all scored eight, Adam Waldowski was at seven, Darrin Dortch got six, and both Marcus Dixon and Andrew Pickett picked five winners.