gurus o' gold: and the winner is?

by eug
March 10, 2010 7:39 AM
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The annual Guru's o' Gold survey of likely Academy Award winners came to a close on Oscar night, months after the game began. The final Gurus ballot polled the 15 voters in 19 categories. And the winner is, with 17 correct predictions:

Kris Tapley.

Probably the youngest of the group, Tapley is a terrific awards season writer with a great site (In Contention) who's understandably taking some down time for a few weeks.

It's funny to look back at the Guru's first official ballot back on November 4th. Notably, in a few key categories, the race certainly shifted over time:

BEST PICTURE:
Only colleague Anne Thompson and I ranked "The Hurt Locker" at #1 for the top prize.

BEST ACTOR & ACTRESS:
No foresaw Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges winning.

ANIMATED FILM:
Everyone predicted "Up" would take the Oscar.

The results of the final Guru's ballot are after the jump:

19: Kris Tapley, In Contention

17: Pete Hammond, LA Times
17: Dave Karger, Entertainment Weekly

17: David Poland, MCN
17: Steve Pond, The Wrap
17: Sasha Stone, AwardsDaily.com
17: Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today

16: Greg Ellwood, HitFix
16: Peter Howell, The Toronto Star
16: Mark Olsen, LA Times
16: Anne Thompson, Thompson On Hollywood

15: Scott Bowles, USA Today
15: Eugene Hernandez, indieWIRE

13: Anthony Breznican, USA Today
13: Sean Smith, Entertainment Weekly

Until next year!

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