How I did, and how I racked up against the critics
I got 6/8 in the top 8 categories, 17/23 overall - distinctly better than the expert average!
Here's how I scored against 33 "experts" from Gold Derby:
IN THE TOP 8 CATEGORIES:
2 beat me, 5 tied me, and I beat 26
THE FULL 24:
7 beat me, 7 tied me, & 19 did worse
WHAT I MISSED:
BEST ACTRESS: I predicted Carey Mulligan in this roller-coaster of a category, and Frances McDormand won. (Only 1 expert called this.)
BEST ACTOR: I predicted Chadwick Boseman, and Anthony Hopkins took it. (Only 1 expert called this.)
BEST FILM EDITING: I went with Trial of the Chicago 7, and it went to Sound of Metal (Metal was slightly favored - d'oh!)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: I went with the heavily favored Nomadland, and it went to Mank.
BEST SONG: I went with "Speak Now" from One Night in Miami, which was in a close race with the EuroVision song; and it went to "Fight for You" from Judas and the Black Messiah (which no one called)
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: I went with favorite A Love Song for Latasha, and Colette won.
As for my OSCAR POOL:
This was a tough one - no one picked Anthony Hopkins, and Best Actress and Adapted Screenplay had a lot of misses. But a few of my contestants predicted Frances McDormand correctly - so, more than the 1 out of 33 Gold Derby experts!
But the WINNER is...
*Leo Margul*, a buddy from my last iO West sketch comedy team in LA.
He only missed Best Actor.
Congrats, Leo! He wins $65 from the 13 people that entered!
'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....)