For a year with a lot of great movies in the running with no clear favorite, this was a fairly high-scoring year. First-timer Mark racked up 17 correct picks out of 24, a performance which has only been equalled twice (Marsha in 2010 and Donna in 2006) and surpassed only once by record-holder Donna in 2004 with a score of 19.
With 12 nominations going in, I think everyone was surprised that Lincoln took home only two Oscars (Actor and Production Design). Les Miserables and Argo each won three, and Life of Pi pulled in the night's highest total of four. The highlight of the evening, in an evening almost free of highlights, was probably the cast of Les Miserables performing a big number together. And host Seth Macfarlane didn't really help in the highlights department -- his reviews next morning ran from mixed to terrible.
Our Oscar contest was not much a horserace. Mark took an early lead by winning the first six envelopes in a row and, while both Marsha and then Donna each caught up with him a few times, he was in first place the whole night. He also nailed five of the six top categories, missing only Director, which in our group no one got right -- kind of a rarity for one of the important awards.
In the 17-and-under group, Tristen and Teghan were neck-and-neck until the very end, when Tristen pulled ahead by one. It should be noted that both Tristen and Teghan significantly outperformed their parents (eight and seven picks versus Ryan's five and Amanda's three)!
So for the fourth year in a row the Oscar will reside in Minnesota for six months, and for the fourth year in a row it will spend six months in the Metcalf household. Congratulations to the winners!
Thanks to everybody who played along this year. See you next year!
(Number of correct picks out of 24 categories) 17 Mark 15 Gary 15 Marsha 13 Donna 12 John 8 Anna 8 Grandma 8 Jack 8 Tristen 7 Teghan 6 Emily 6 Erika 6 Samantha 5 Ryan 3 Amanda 3 Karen 0 Brent
And totaling all the results of the past fifteen years, here are the standings, in order of percentage of correct picks:
71% Mark 17 right out of 24 53% Gary 194 right out of 364 52% John 190 right out of 364 50% Marsha 181 right out of 364 48% Donna 174 right out of 364 43% Grandma 155 right out of 364 42% Zachary 36 right out of 86 38% Amanda 140 right out of 364 38% Lori 56 right out of 148 37% Paul 82 right out of 220 35% Samantha 129 right out of 364 35% Anna 107 right out of 302 34% Karen 122 right out of 364 34% Ryan 100 right out of 293 34% Lindsey 90 right out of 267 33% Jack 8 right out of 24 31% Emily 112 right out of 364 25% Olivia 47 right out of 190 25% Sean 12 right out of 48 23% Erika 82 right out of 349 23% Tristen 67 right out of 286 21% Brent 30 right out of 144 18% Teghan 31 right out of 169