Congratulations to our site user Jorden, who earned an impressive score of 96% accuracy predicting this year’s Academy Awards winners. He tied with 22 other Users — who all picked 23 of 24 categories correctly — but used his 500 and 200 point bets wisely and had the better point score of 7,791.
Over 2,900 Gold Derby readers forecasted this year’s Oscar champs, logging over 63,000 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click Oscars 2013.
Those 23 Users were the only ones to beat our best Editor — me. I finished in first place among the six Editors with 92% correct (22 of 24 categories). My only misses were Film Editing (choosing “Captain Phillips” over “Gravity“) and Animated Short (opting for “Get a Horse” over “Mr. Hublot.”)
David Schnelwar was in second place at 88% right (21 of 24). Next at 84% was a tie between Matt Noble and Daniel Montgomery. Marcus Dixon finished fifth with 80% and then Rob Licuria with 71%.
Our best Experts were Mark Harris (Grantland), Dave Karger (Fandango), and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone). Each of them came in at 92%, missing just two categories apiece. Harris had “Get a Horse” for Animated Short and “The Voorman Problem” for Live Action Short; Karger had “American Hustle for Original Screenplay (losing to “Her“) and “Get a Horse”; and Travers had “Feral” for Animated Short and “The Voorman Problem.”
There was then a seven-way tie at 88% (21 of 24 categories) between Thelma Adams (Yahoo), Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Tim Hayne (Moviefone), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times), and Susan Wloszczyna (Roger Ebert).
Following them was an eight-way tie at 84% (20 of 24 categories) between Mike Cidoni (Associated Press), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Gawker, Out), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood).
Finishing with a mark of 80% (19 of 24 correct) were Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Steve Pond (The Wrap), and Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post).
Collectively, the Editors did best overall with 83%, followed by the Experts with 82%, and then the Users with 77%.
All of us correctly predicted “Gravity” for Visual Effects. The next best categories were “Frozen” for Animated Feature (99%), “Gravity” for Sound Editing (99% and Sound Mixing (98%), Jared Leto for Supporting Actor (98%), and Alfonso Cuaron for Director (98%).