Repeating their performance of 2004 (and a three-peat for Lindsey!), this year's winners Donna and Lindsey triumphed in what was a neck-and-neck race up to the very end between just a handful of contenders; the rest of us were left in the dust early and stayed there....
For the first 7 envelopes, it was Marsha in the lead with a perfect score: She nailed all 7. Donna was close behind with 6, and Lindsey was leading the 17-and-under crowd with 3. But with the 8th envelope, Marsha's streak was over when she missed the pick for Best Supporting Actress and Donna caught up; and the tie held for the next two categories.
One category later, Donna pulled ahead by 1; and two categories later, Marsha caught up, for another tie with 10 each out of 13.
But when "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp" won Best Original Song, Donna had a new theme song and went ahead of the pack where she stayed for the rest of the night. Lindsey by this time was maintaining a 1-point lead over Samantha.
Three categories later, Donna had widened her lead over Marsha by 2. Sam caught up with Lindsey with 7 each, and with the next envelope she briefly passed Lindsey, 8 to 7. But two envelopes later, Lindsey went ahead and stayed there. Marsha and John were only 1 and 2 points respectively behind Donna, and Sam and Anna were each only 1 point behind Lindsey, but nobody would catch the front-runners now.
Best performance in the top six categories was a four-way tie: Donna and Lindsey share the honors here with Gary and Marsha all of whom picked four of the six. A special nod goes to Olivia, who was the ONLY ONE to predict Best Picture. That has never happened before in our Oscar voting. Be sure to congratulate her, because she had fallen asleep by this time, and never really got to appreciate her victory!
Thanks to everybody who played along this year. See you next year!
(Number of correct picks out of 24 categories) 17 Donna 15 Marsha 14 John 12 Amanda 12 Karen 11 Lindsey 10 Gary 10 Grandma 10 Samantha 9 Anna 7 Paul 6 Lori 6 Olivia 6 Tristen 5 Emily 5 ErikaAnd totalling all the results of the past nine years, here are the standings, in order of percentage of correct picks:
56% Gary 110 right out of 196 55% Donna 106 right out of 196 50% Sean 12 right out of 24 49% Marsha 96 right out of 196 49% John 96 right out of 196 47% Amanda 92 right out of 196 46% Grandma 90 right out of 196 42% Zachary 36 right out of 86 39% Paul 76 right out of 196 38% Karen 75 right out of 196 38% Lori 56 right out of 148 37% Ryan 64 right out of 172 35% Anna 55 right out of 158 34% Lindsey 67 right out of 196 34% Samantha 66 right out of 196 31% Brent 22 right out of 71 29% Emily 57 right out of 196 24% Erika 43 right out of 181 23% Olivia 22 right out of 95 22% Tristen 26 right out of 118 8% Teghan 2 right out of 24