How I did, and how I racked up against the critics
I got 8/8 in the top 8 categories, 18/23 overall - a solid showing!
Here's how I scored against 30 "experts" from Gold Derby:
IN THE TOP 8 CATEGORIES:
none beat me (of course), 9 tied me, and I beat 21
THE FULL 23
14 beat me, 5 tied me, & 11 did worse (pretty par)
WHAT I MISSED:
BEST FILM EDITING: I thought ACE Eddie Award winner King Richard would take it, riding a late surge; but alas, Dune won almost every technical award it was up for...
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: I thought Power of the Dog would take ONE of the many technical awards it was up for (and I thought that would be here), but man - it was a straight up Dune show...
BEST SONG: I never get song right... I thought Encanto would land Lin Manuel his EGOT, but alas - Bond winds again...
BEST ANIMATED SHORT: I should've had more faith in voters to pick the best one (winner Windshield Wiper, easily my fave), but I expected it to go to the "typical straight-down-the-middle cookie-cutter" one with Robin Robin.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Queen of Basketball was considered the front-runner, but I had a feeling Audible would ride the deaf wave with CODA and take it (plus I thought it was more artistic), but I was wrong...
As for my OSCAR POOL:
WE HAD A TIE!!!! Between old college friends Jon Hopper and Tim Cahill, taking it to the tiebreaker, which leaves...
***JON HOPPER AS OUR WINNER!!!***
(long time caller, first time winner)
He only missed Animated Short!!!! WOW.
Congrats, Leo! He wins $75 from the 15 people that entered! (myself included)
'TIL NEXT YEAR! Gonna try to do a better job of getting the word out next year, and make the pot BIGGER!
(Just been busyyyy....)