Oscars 2018: Adnan Virk (ESPN) tops all Experts predicting winners

Congratulations to our Expert Adnan VIrk (ESPN) for a terrific score of 87.50% when predicting the 2018 Oscars winners on Sunday. He is best among 30 Experts, journalists who cover the entertainment world and awards shows throughout the year. He is just ahead of a quartet with 83.33% accuracy — Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Erik Davis (Fandango), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby) and Brian Truitt (USA Today). See Experts’ leaderboard.

Almost 7,000 people worldwide predicted these Academy Awards winners in 24 categories. The ceremony was held in Hollywood and was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Virk got 21 of 24 categories correct, but missed out on “The Shape of Water” for Best Picture (choosing “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” instead). He did get that movie’s director champ Guillermo del Toro and the four acting winners of Frances McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell.

SEE 2018 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 90th Academy Awards

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 the drop down menu to go to “View Profile,” then look for the links to your “Award Show Scores.”

For the other 25 Experts entering our contest, the next spot is held by five people with 79.17% — Pete Hammond (Deadline), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) and Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times). Anne Thompson (IndieWire) follows with 75.00%.

We then have an eight-way tie at 70.83% between Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Scott Mantz, Jack Mathews (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Christopher Rosen (Entertainment Weekly), Krista Smith (Vanity Fair), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).

The next tie at 66.67% is between Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life), Tim Gray (Variety), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Keith Simanton (IMDB) and Sara Vilkomerson (Entertainment Weekly). The next group includes Edward Douglas (Tracking Board), Andrea Mandell (USA Today), Michael Musto (NewNowNext) and Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere) at 62.50%. Grae Drake (Rotten Tomatoes) only predicted 23 categories for 65.22%.

PREDICT the Emmy nominees and winners now; change them until July 12

And now we move from film to television awards! Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on July 12. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmy taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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