Only 23 categories were counted this year instead of the usual 24, due to a mistake on the ballot made by the usually impeccable Gary.
The horserace this year was over very early in the evening, as the three front-runners -- Gary, Grandma, and John -- took an early lead and stayed there right to the finish line. Grandma faded in the backstretch, but John and Gary ran neck and neck until the final few categories. With four envelopes left and Gary ahead by two, a win for John became mathematically impossible. A tie was possible, if John made two more correct picks and Gary made two misses. John's final two picks were correct, but Gary missed only one (choosing Mickey Rourke instead of Sean Penn for Best Actor) -- giving Gary the victory in a one-up squeaker.
Gary's and John's correct pick totals were at 17 and 16 respectively. Gary tied Donna's 2006 performance with 17, but Donna's high water mark of 19 correct picks in 2004 remains a record.
John walked the tightrope in the top six categories (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress), nailing all six! That hasn't been done since 2005, when Paul correctly picked the top six for the first time in our Oscar history.
In the under-18 division, the battle between Olivia, Erika, and Tristen went back and forth throughout the evening, with Tristen in the lead as the finish line approached. Then Erika and Olivia caught up, and Olivia pulled ahead for her first-ever Oscar win over last year's winner Erika.
Thanks to everybody who played along this year. See you next year!
(Number of correct picks out of 23 categories) 17 Gary 16 John 11 Anna 11 Emily 11 Grandma 10 Karen 9 Marsha 7 Donna 7 Lindsey 7 Olivia 7 Samantha 6 Erika 5 Amanda 4 Tristen
And totalling all the results of the past twelve years, here are the standings, in order of percentage of correct picks:
56% Gary 150 right out of 267 51% John 136 right out of 267 50% Donna 133 right out of 267 48% Marsha 127 right out of 267 45% Grandma 119 right out of 267 43% Amanda 114 right out of 267 42% Zachary 36 right out of 86 38% Karen 101 right out of 267 38% Lori 56 right out of 148 37% Samantha 100 right out of 267 37% Paul 82 right out of 220 35% Ryan 77 right out of 220 35% Anna 71 right out of 205 34% Lindsey 90 right out of 267 31% Emily 84 right out of 267 30% Brent 28 right out of 95 25% Erika 62 right out of 252 25% Sean 12 right out of 48 24% Olivia 40 right out of 166 21% Tristen 39 right out of 189 15% Teghan 11 right out of 72