Oscar night was freezing cold this year, so it was a good night to be inside and warm.
There were not many surprises or upsets this year, as evidenced by our generally high scores -- but more on that later. Gravity was expected to do well, and it did: It was nominated for ten Oscars, and it topped all the other nominees by winning seven of them. American Hustle, also nominated for ten awards, actually took home none. The show itself was fun to watch, though maybe a little slow. It was livened up when Ellen DeGeneres brought in some pizzas, and also when she took a photo which, just a few minutes later, crashed Twitter thanks to the record number of retweets.
Our Oscar race was a real neck-and-neck contest, and a four-way tie right down to the wire. Jostling for position were Donna, Gary, Mark, and Samantha; and with all four having chosen the same winning picks for the final six envelopes (see below), the whole race hinged on a few of the smaller categories. On the 18th envelope (Original Screenplay for Her) Gary and Samantha pulled ahead by one vote and stayed there. Even the tie-breakers couldn't resolve this one as both Gary and Sam picked the same there too! (So, next year, three tie-breakers...??)
This year's voting set a high bar for future years. For the first time since 2005 when Paul successfully picked all six top categories (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress), this year four of us managed the same feat: Donna, Gary, Mark, and Samantha. Emily picked five of the top six, which in other years would be a stand-out performance. And Donna's 2004 high-water mark of 19 correct picks out of 24 was shattered this year by Donna herself and Gary, Mark and Samantha. It was a very high-scoring year for everybody.
It was Tristen's final year in the under-17 category, and she was decisively thumped by Teghan who will take ownership of the trophy for the next six months -- and who has a guaranteed victory next year!
It was another excellent Oscar race. Thanks to everybody who played along this year. See you next year!
Number of correct picks out of 24 categories:
21 Gary 21 Samantha 20 Donna 20 Mark 15 Emily 14 John 12 Jack 11 Grandma 10 Karen 9 Anna 9 Marsha 8 Amanda 6 Erika 6 Teghan 6 Ryan 3 Tristen
And totaling all the results of the past fifteen years, here are the standings, in order of percentage of correct picks:
77% Mark 37 right out of 48 55% Gary 216 right out of 388 53% John 204 right out of 388 50% Donna 194 right out of 388 44% Marsha 190 right out of 388 43% Grandma 166 right out of 388 42% Zachary 36 right out of 86 42% Jack 20 right out of 48 39% Samantha 150 right out of 388 38% Lori 56 right out of 148 37% Paul 82 right out of 220 36% Amanda 148 right out of 388 36% Anna 116 right out of 326 34% Karen 132 right out of 388 34% Ryan 106 right out of 317 34% Lindsey 90 right out of 267 33% Emily 127 right out of 388 25% Olivia 47 right out of 190 25% Sean 12 right out of 48 24% Erika 88 right out of 373 23% Tristen 70 right out of 310 21% Brent 30 right out of 144 19% Teghan 37 right out of 193