Jorden Samchok (left in photo) and Kyle Bailey had the top two scores in our contest to predict the 2013-2014 Oscars. They were among the 23 players who scored 96% (see leaderboard).
Samchok technically came out on top with the best total point score (7,791) thanks to smart strategic playing of his 500 point bet — he placed it on “Mr. Hublot” to pull off an upset in the race for Best Animated Short at 14-to-1 odds and, of course, he turned out to be right. (See his predix here.) However, since Samchok, 23, lives in Canada (he’s a student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, focusing on political studies), he’s not eligible to receive our contest’s cash prize of $1,000. (See contest rules.)
Therefore, that prize went to our second-place contestant — Bailey, who scored 4,140 points, which is miraculous considering he didn’t bother to play any of our contest’s Super Bets. (“I didn’t understand how to do those,” he confesses.) The only category he got wrong was that tricky race for animated shorts — he, like most pundits, bet on “Get a Horse” — but otherwise, he nailed all top races. See his predix here.
Bailey, 19, is a student at Full Sail College in Florida where he’s studying film, music and gaming with the hope of becoming a film director someday. Presumably, an Oscar-winning one.
The only category Samchok got wrong was Best Documentary Feature. He bet on “The Act of Killing” instead of “20 Feet from Stardom.”
Below: Our wecam chat, which, beware, is a bit choppy and awkward here and there due to a weak wifi connection in a food court at Queen’s University.
Congrats to Samchok, Bailey and all other top players in our Oscar predictions contest.