Our 22 pundits provided amazingly accurate predictions for the Oscar nominations and were tripped up by just two surprises. (See the full breakdown of their picks here.)
Congratulations to Steve Pond (The Wrap) and Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today) for coming in first and second place, respectively. Out of 35 possible nominations (10 for Best Picture and 5 each for Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, and Director), Steve got 33 correct, while Susan was right behind with 32.
They were with all the other experts -- except Erik Davis (Cinematical) -- who had Christopher Nolan ("Inception") on their list for Best Director. And both joined with 14 other pundits who incorrectly thought Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network") would get a nod for Best Supporting Actor over John Hawkes ("Winter's Bone"). Susan's other miss was in Best Actor where she went with Mark Wahlberg ("The Fighter") instead of Javier Bardem ("Bituiful").
Those two men making it into the acting races was certainly unexpected as evidenced by their relative lack of support among our pundits. Just three of them had Hawkes on their lists while Bardem made the cut with only a half dozen of our experts.
Here, below, is how each of our pundits fared with nominations. To see who they predict will win, click here.
33 correct -- Steve Pond (The Wrap)
32 correct -- Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today)
31 correct -- Tim Appelo (THR), Kevin Polowy (Next Movie), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Indie Wire), Bob Tourtellotte (Reuters)
30 correct -- Thelma Adams (Us Weekly), Erik Davis (Cinematical), Pete Hammond (Deadline), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily)
29 correct -- Dave Karger (EW), Kevin Lewin (WENN), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby), Chuck Walton (Fandango), Jeff Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere)
28 correct -- Lane Brown (Vulture), Scott Feinberg (Scott Feinberg), Guy Lodge (In Contention), Keith Simanton (IMDB)
24 correct -- Carlos de Abreu (Hollywood News); Carlos did not predict Best Director
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Oscar Nominations: New York state resident Tim Kressner (gufa54) won $1,000 for reaping the highest percentage (78%) when predicting Academy Award noms. Watch our video chat with him here and learn his strategy for making picks. See the leaderboard here. See Kressner's predix here.
Golden Globes (Film): Mario Gomez, a med studen in Mexico, won our contest with the highest percentage of correct picks (86%) and highest point score (2,693). See our video chat with him here. Two other contestants also scored 86%: lulo1989 and eastwest. Tom O'Neil reaped best Experts' score. David Schnelwar had top score among our Editors. See the leaderboard here to see if you made the top tier.
Critics Choice Nominations: Bryce H scored an impressive 83% when sizing up 20 categories. That was one percentage point ahead of our smartest Editor, Daniel Montgomery. Our top Expert was also one of our Editors, Paul Sheehan, who reaped 74%. To see how you performed, check out our leaderboard plus the score section of your account page.
Golden Globe (Film) Nominations: Jonathan was our top User, reaping a staggering 86% when forecasting the lineup of 10 categories. That put him six percentage points ahead of our best Expert -- Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) -- and eight ahead of our leading Editor, Daniel Montogomery. Did you made the cut on the leaderboard score breakdown?
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award Winners: Christian aced all rivals, scoring 82%. That was almost 20 percentage points ahead of our top Expert (Edward Douglas of ComingSoon ) and Editor (Matt Noble), both of whom earned scores of 64%. Christian foresaw that surprise screenplay win for "Before Midnight." See leaderboard.