Congratulations to our User Daniel for a perfect 100% score in predicting Saturday’s Spirit Awards winners. He actually tied with 11 other people but wisely used his 500 and 200 point bets for the best overall score of 3,389.
Over 1,000 Gold Derby readers forecast this year’s champs in 11 categories, logging more than 11,000 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click Indie Spirit Awards 2014.
Our predicted frontrunners prevailed in every category except for Best Picture (“Birdman” won over “Boyhood“) and Best Editing (“Whiplash” beat “Boyhood”). Among the champs: Richard Linklater for Best Director and Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons, and Patricia Arquette in the acting categories.
Our Editors were the best overall group scoring 91% accuracy by getting 10 of the 11 races right, missing only Best Picture (they went with “Boyhood). The Experts, Top 24 Users, and Users all came in at 82% accuracy (i.e., 9 of 11) flubbing both Picture and Editing by going with “Boyhood”)
Among our 12 Experts, three are tied at the top with 91% accuracy: Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby); they all went with “Boyhood” instead of “Birdman.” Up next with 82% correct are Tariq Khan (Fox News), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
Following them are Michael Musto (Out.com), Jenelle Riley (Variety) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) with 73% correct. Riley was the only one of the 12 Experts to predict “Birdman” for Best Picture. Thelma Adams (Zealnyc) and Claudia Puig (USA Today) each had 64% accuracy.
Matt Noble, Daniel Montgomery, and I were the best Editors, each scoring 91%. Marcus Dixon and Rob Licuria were next at 82%.
What are your last-minute 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.