How I did, and how I racked up against the Gold Derby experts
PICTURE: I got a full 9/9 - only my second perfect Best Picture score since they expanded beyond just 5; it's hard to do, so I'm proud! (Though half of the 32 experts at Gold Derby did the same...)
DIRECTOR: (4/5) I predicted Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit) over Todd Phillips (Joker) - can't believe Joker did as well as it did!!!! Ugh, so dumb. Jojo forever...
ACTOR: (4/5) I predicted Taron Egerton (Rocketman), as most did (sad to see him excluded). I missed Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes), who only about two experts predicted - but I'm DELIGHTED to see him land a nomination for this very deserving performance, and it's his first nod!
ACTRESS: (4/5) I predicted Awkwafina (The Farewell), as did most. I missed Cynthia Erivo (Harriet), which many predicted, though fewer than half.
SUPPORTING ACTOR: (5/5) Nailed it!! Most were predicting Song Kang-ho (Parasite) over Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), but I knew Hopkins would land in here - he was just exquisite.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: (4/5) I predicted Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), as did almost everyone. Instead, Kathy Bates (Richard Jewell) scored a nod, only prognosticated by two experts (who each missed one or two other nominees). This is the most absurd snub & nomination of the day.
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: (4/5) I predicted The Farewell, as did most. I missed 1917, which many predicted (but fewer than half).
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: (4/5) I predicted A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which almost half predicted. Instead, Joker landed in, which slightly more than half predicted - I just couldn't bring myself to believe that that movie would be acknowledged for its writing, but... there ya go :/
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SO: I got 38/44 in the top 8 categories - solid work, if I may say so! :)
Out of 32 experts, I beat 22, 2 tied me, and 6 beat me.