Congratulations to our User Cinemateo21 for an outstanding 79% prediction rate for Thursday’s Academy Awards nominations. He actually tied with two other people – Denton and jeremy – but wisely used his 500 and 200 point bets for the best overall score of 32,531.
Over 3,000 Gold Derby readers forecasted this year’s Oscar nominees in the 24 categories, logging more than 62,000 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click Oscars 2014 Nominations.
Oscar voters nominated many of the expected contenders, including “Boyhood,” “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” their actors and expected technical people. But some picks were difficult, including several by our winner Cinemateo21 who predicted all eight Best Picture nominees (in his top eight), nine of the 10 screenplay nominees (missing only on “Gone Girl“), “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” for Best Animated Feature, and “Ida” for Best Cinematography.
Out of 27 Experts we polled, our most impressive score was from Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) with 78% correct, just a shade behind our three Users at 79%. Steve Pond (The Wrap) and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) were incredibly close to her in second place with 76% correct. The fourth spot is held by Gold Derby’s own Tom O’Neil with 75% right.
Up next are Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter) and Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times) with 74% correct. We then have a four-way tie at 71% accuracy between Pete Hammond (Deadline), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Claudia Puig (USA Today), and Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post).
Next best were Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) at 70% right. Following them in a six-way tie are Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Thom Geier, Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair) Tariq Khan (Fox News), Michael Musto (Out.com), and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone). Just behind is Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com) with 67% accuracy.
Thelma Adams (Thelmadams.com), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), and Jenelle Riley (Variety) are up next at 66% right. Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) and Kevin Polowy (Yahoo) follow at 65% correct. And then Keith Simanton (IMDB) and Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere) at 63% right. Dave Karger (Fandango) has 70% correct but only predicted 21 of the 24 categories.
Marcus Dixon was proclaimed Gold Derby’s best Editor with 76% correct this year. Daniel Montgomery and I were just behind with 71% right. Rob Licuria was next at 67%, and then Matt Noble at 68% (but only predicting 20 of 24 categories).