Congratulations to GOZackieIMarsh for a very impressive top score of 76% predicting the 2015 Emmy Awards nominations on Thursday. He also has a great point total of 20,324 by using his 500 and 200 point bets wisely.
Over 2,500 people worldwide predicted the primetime nominations in 24 categories. Among our champ's best picks were "Parks and Recreation" for Best Comedy Series, Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men") for Best Drama Actress, Ben Mendelsohn ("Bloodline") for Best Drama Supporting Actor, Finn Wittrock ("American Horror Story: Freak Show") for Best TV Movie/Mini Supporting Actor, and "Drunk History" for Best Variety Sketch Series.
You can see how your score compares to his in our leaderboard rankings of all contestants, which also includes links to see each participant's predictions. Or you can find your score by clicking on "My Award Scores," which appears in the gold menu bar when you're signed in to your account.
For his efforts, GOZackieIMarsh wins a $500 Amazon gift card, pending Gold Derby evaluating his eligibility based upon our contest rules. Second place and a $300 gift card goes to Umur Tas at 75% correct and 27,591 points. Third place and a $200 gift card goes to jscott with 75% correct and 23,340 points. All must meet eligibility requirements before prizes are awarded.
Among the predictor groups, the best performance was by our Editors with 75.83% accuracy. Next up is a tie between the Experts and Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who had done the best predicting last year's winners) at at 75.18%. The overall Users follow with 71.5% correct. Click each link in the previous sentence or in our accuracy chart to see these scores for yourself.
For the 12 Experts predicting Emmy nominations, there is a tie for best score between Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) and Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times) with 74% correct. Joyce Eng (TV Guide) follows in the third spot with 72%.
Fourth place is a tie between Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), and Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby) all at 71% accuracy. Lynn Elber (Associated Press) and Matt Roush (TV Guide) are next at 69%. Ken Tucker (Yahoo) follows at 65% and then Eric Deggans (NPR) at 64%. The last spot is held by Robert Bianco (USA Today) and Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly) at 58%.
For our five Editors, Matt Noble is in first place with 74% correct. Daniel Montgomery is next at 73%, then Marcus Dixon and Rob Licuria tied at 70%, and myself in last at 67%.
See the separate rankings of our Experts, Editors and Users in our special leaderboards that feature top scores per group.
In order to win, you must have the highest accuracy percentage – and maybe more than that. If more than one player has the best accuracy, the winner is the person with the highest accuracy plus most game points. So, remember to place your three super bets when making predictions. Each player gets one super bet of 500 points and two of 200 points with all the other categories worth 100 points. Strategy is key. Place those super bets wisely and they could crown you our winner.
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