Congratulations to Surpriselover for having the top score of 40% predicting the 2015 National Board of Review award winners announced on Tuesday. She actually tied with five other Users picking four of the 10 categories correctly but earned the most game points (14,707) based on effective use of the 200 and 500 point bets.
Being first out of the gate among the major critic awards, it was an extremely tough year to project what the National Board of Review would do this time. Our champ had correct picks of Ridley Scott ("The Martian") for Best Director, Brie Larson ("Room") for Best Actress, "The Hateful Eight" for Best Original Screenplay, and Inside Out" for Best Animated Feature.
You can see how your score compares to hers 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 her efforts, Surpriselover wins a $100 Amazon gift card, pending Gold Derby evaluating her eligibility based upon our contest rules. She must meet eligibility requirements before the prize is awarded.
Among the predictor groups, our Editors, Top 24 Users (those two dozen folks who had done the best predicting last year's winners) and All Users tied with 20% correct. Click each link in this paragraph or in our accuracy chart to see these scores for yourself.
One Expert predicted these awards, Gold Derby's own Paul Sheehan, who finished with a score of 30% correct.
For our four Editors, Marcus Dixon and Daniel Montgomery tied with 20%, followed by Rob Licuria at 10%, and myself with none right.
See the separate rankings of our Experts, Editors and Users in our special leaderboards that feature top scores per group.
As Gold Derby Users just like you usually turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, it's vital that you now give us your predictions for the Grammy nominations. Make the best predictions and you could win our contest prize: a $100 Amazon gift certificate, plus a place of honor in our famous leaderboards.
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.
Get started below by making your Oscar picks for Best Picture. To enter your predictions, make sure you are logged into your Gold Derby account or register for a free account via Facebook, Twitter or Google.
After logging in, click on the "Predictions" button found at the top-right of every page. That will bring you to a list of every event currently being predicted at Gold Derby.