Can You Beat the Crowd?
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2012: 'The Crowd' Predicts 19 of 24 Awards
2011: 'The Crowd' Predicts 19 of 24 Awards
2010: 'The Crowd' Predicts 17 of 24 Awards
"The best Oscar prediction contest on the net!"
--Pierre de Plume, recent crowd-beater
Can You Beat the Crowd is sitting out this Oscar season. Like the fake movie Argo after the hostage rescue, you might say the 9th annual running of the crowd wisdom challenge is "in turnaround."
Console yourself with these alternative Oscar amusements:
See you next year for the 10th anniversary edition!
Where to watch this year's nominated movies.
The Crowd set the bar very high in 2012, correctly predicting 19 out of 24 of those "spectacularly trivial" yet "paradoxically important" Academy Awards. That makes the achievement of our three crowd-beating winners all the more impressive.
Congratulations to grand prize Crowd-Beater Dion Blackler, of London, and runners-up Bart Randall of Los Angeles and Gabrielle Renoir of Columbus, OH, for their success.
Here are their acceptance speeches:
Grand prize (21 correct) Dion Blackler (aka DBibby) -- Favorite movie: 'Rear Window'
I'd like to thank the Academy, my agent, and the crowd! I'm a clinical psychologist in London, who reads more at work about awards season than I probably should. But it paid off I guess! Thanks guys!
Runnerup (20 correct) Gabrielle Renoir (aka LillyandGish) -- Favorite movie: 'Doctor Zhivago'
I'm a movie lover. What else? I love everything from silent films to the classics of the 30s and 40s, to the movies being made today. I love film noir, madcap comedies, romantic comedies, period pieces, biopics, dramas. If it's on a movie screen, chances are I've seen it, and I love it. I want to thank my parents for letting me spend almost all my free time in movie theatres while I was growing up, and my husband for letting me do the same today. And of course SRmedia for inviting us all to participate in the fun. This is the first year I've beaten the crowd, and I guess I finally had what it takes – a little luck and the right shade of red. Thank you!
Runnerup (20 correct) Bart Randall (aka snuggle4) -- Favorite movie: 'Manhattan'
On behalf of prognosticators everywhere I'd like to thank them for their efforts. I've been an Oscar junkie for many years, doing my studying and boning up on trends. Did you know for instance that every year since 1998 that at least one of the four acting winners has gone to someone who has played a real-life person? Or that with the exception of 1970, every time a Best Picture nominee is up for Visual Effects, it wins? It's this tireless regard to detail that enabled me to take the prize this year, so in the spirit of the year's Best Picture winner...MERCI!
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It's a free challenge open to anyone who loves the movies and the conversations they inspire. It doesn't matter how many nominated movies you've seen.
The object of the game? To Beat The Crowd, which means guess more Oscar winners than the "crowd wisdom" does. The Crowd Wisdom is the combined predictions of all players, adjusted immediately with each new vote cast or updated. On Oscar night, see real-time Crowd updates on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Sign-ups begin when the Oscar nominations are announced. See you then!
VOICES IN THE CROWD
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