Congratulations to our User Bird for an outstanding 91% prediction rate for Sunday’s BAFTA Awards winners. He actually tied with two other people – SxECanadianFanSxE and Troye – but wisely used his 500 and 200 point bets for the best overall score of 3,540.
Over 800 Gold Derby readers forecasted this year’s BAFTA champs in 21 categories, logging more than 16,800 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click BAFTA Film Awards 2014.
One day after “Birdman surprised at the DGA Awards, British academy voters went the other direction by giving their Best Picture to “Boyhood” and Best Director to Richard Linklater. Otherwise, the acting categories went to the conventional choices of Julianne Moore (“Still Alice“), Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything“), Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”), and J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash“).
For our own predictions winner, the only two categories he missed on were Best Adapted Screenplay (choosing “The Imitation Game” over “The Theory of Everything”) and Best Score (choosing “The Theory of Everything” over “The Grand Budapest Hotel“).
Among our 11 Experts who participated, three are tied at the top with a 72% accuracy rate: Thom Geier, Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone). Up next with 67% correct are Edward Douglas (Coming Soon) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood).
Following them are Jenelle Riley (Variety) and Claudia Puig (USA Today) with 62% correct. Three more are next up with 58% right: Mike Cidoni (Associated Press), Tariq Khan (Fox News), and Sasha Stone (Awards Daily). Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) follows with 39% accuracy. Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com) has a 73% rate but only predicted 18 of the 21 categories.
Matt Noble is crowned our best Editor with his great 72% score. I followed with 67% right, and then Marcus Dixon, Rob Licuria, and Daniel Montgomery at 62% correct.
What are your Oscar predictions? Make your picks now — click here — or scroll down to predict the Best Picture champ using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Best predictions will win that $1,000 prize. And the 24 Users with the best scores advance to a team to compete against our Experts and Editors next year. See who’s in our current Top 24 and their Oscar predictions. Meet the guy who won our contest to predict last year’s Oscars — and learn how he did it and how you can be our next Gold Derby superstar.