Congratulations to our User jeremy and Senior Editor Daniel Montgomery for achieving the top, jaw-dropping score of 96% (23 out of 24 categories) when competing against 3,210 people predicting Oscars winners at Gold Derby. The only category jeremy missed was Best Original Screenplay (he picked “The Grand Budapest Hotel” over “Birdman“) while Montgomery’s only misstep was Best Animated Feature (“How to Train Your Dragon 2” over “Big Hero 6”).
You can see their scores and yours 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.
At this point no winner of our $1,000 prediction contest has yet been declared while Gold Derby evaluates participants’ eligibility based upon our contest rules.
Our Experts, Editors, and Top 24 Users tied Gold Derby’s official odds (combination of all predictions) at 83%, beating the score of all Users (75%). Click each link in the previous sentence or in our accuracy chart to see which categories each group missed. The Experts, for example, botched Best Original Screenplay, Film Editing, Score and Animated Feature.
Six Experts achieved 80% correct predictions: Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Out.com), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Claudia Puig (USA Today), and Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times).
Reaping 75% correct picks: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), and Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere).
Kevin Polowy (Yahoo) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) scored 63%, followed by Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post) at 59%. Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter) and Dave Karger (Fandango) at 55% and Mike Cidoni (Associated Press) at 50% correct.
Only three Experts foresaw the biggest Oscar upset — that shocking victory by “Big Hero 6” over “How to Train Your Dragon 2”: Cidoni, Polowy and Sperling.
After Montgomery, our Editor with the next best score was Rob Licuria at 80%, followed by Matt Noble, Marcus Dixon, and myself at 71%.
See the separate rankings of our Experts, Editors and Users in our special leaderboards that feature top scores per group.