Anderson/Hatgidakis/Nelson/Metcalf: Oscars 2005

Oscar results -- February, 2005
Best Picture: "Million Dollar Baby"
Winners: Gary and Lindsey

Repeating their performance in the 1998 Oscar race, this year's winners are Gary and Lindsey!

The actual race was not all that exciting: Gary correctly predicted the first six minor categories, and so was ahead until Brent caught up and tied with the 8th envelope; then Gary pulled ahead and stayed in the lead for the rest of the night (even though he missed some of the big final categories like Actress, Director, and Picture!). For the last ten categories, it was a see-saw battle for second place between Karen, Brent, Grandma, Paul, and Lauren. But when the curtain went down, Gary had 15 correct picks, Karen had 12, and Grandma 11.

Perhaps the most impressive performance of the night, though, belongs to Paul: Of the top six categories -- Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress -- Paul hit all six! That's something that has never been done before in (our) Oscar history! Grandma came close in 1999, when she predicted five; but this is our first clean sweep!

Lindsey outscored everyone in the 17-and-under division (not to mention Donna, John, and Ryan!), so -- like last year -- she will take ownership of the trophy for six months.

Thanks to everybody who played along this year. See you next year!

(Number of correct picks out of 24 categories)
15   Gary
12   Karen
11   Grandma
10   Brent
10   Paul
 9   Lauren
 9   Marsha
 8   Lindsey
 8   Lori
 7   Amanda
 6   Donna
 6   Emily
 6   John
 6   Ryan
 5   Erika
 5   Olivia
 5   Samantha
 4   Anna
 4   Tristen
And totalling all the results of the past eight years, here are the standings, in order of percentage of correct picks:
58%   Gary
52%   Donna
50%   Sean
49%   Grandma
48%   John
47%   Amanda
47%   Marsha
44%   Zachary
40%   Lori
40%   Paul
38%   Lauren
37%   Karen
37%   Ryan
33%   Lindsey
33%   Samantha
31%   Anna
31%   Brent
30%   Emily
24%   Erika
23%   Olivia
20%   Tristen
 8%   Teghan