Independent Spirit Awards 2017: Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) tops all Experts predicting winners

Congratulations to our Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil for an outstanding score of 92.31% when predicting the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards winners on Saturday. He is the best of 15 Experts, journalists who cover the entertainment industry throughout the year.

Spirit Awards 2017: Complete list of winners

Over 1,500 people worldwide predicted these winners for 13 Spirit categories. O’Neil got all of those categories correct except one, even with surprises such as Isabelle Huppert for “Elle” (Best Actress), Molly Shannon for “Other People” (Best Supporting Actress), and “Moonlight” (Best Screenplay). His only miss was Ben Foster for “Hell or High Water” (Best Supporting Actor).

You can see how your score compares to all others in our leaderboard rankings of all contestants, which also includes links to see each participant’s predictions. to see your own scores, go to the user menu in the top right corner of every page of Gold Derby when you’re signed in to the site. Use drop down menu to go to “View Profile,” then look for the links to your “Award Show Scores.”

For the other 14 Experts making predictions, there is a four-way tie for second place between Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Christopher Rosen (Entertainment Weekly), Keith Simanton (IMDB), and Susan Wloszczyna ( at 84.62%. Next up with 76.92% correct are Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Jack Mathews (Gold Derby), and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone). The next group with 69.23% accuracy is Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Brian Truitt (USA Today), and Adnan Virk (ESPN). The final three are Anne Thompson (Indiewire) with 61.54%, Kevin Polowy (Yahoo) with 46.15%, and Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby) with 38.46%. See Experts’ leaderboard.

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