Oscar Confidence Pool 2016/2017 Results

March 03, 2017


 W ow, so THAT was an Academy Awards night to remember! How do you we even follow that up? Suffice to say their were many an Oscar pool built or bust with the final award and it's highly dissected twist, likely the most exciting moment in the history of accounting since...

Amazingly, because of how the Confidence system of Trivia Club's Oscar pool works, only an unlucky few who put big points behind the seemingly inevitable crowning of La La Land ultimately affected. By then the top two finishers had built up enough momentum and didn't lose much, while the next two in the standings had not put enough confidence behind the feel good victory for the first all-Black AND LGBTQ Best Picture winner! The biggest winner, thanks to Moonlight? The fifth spot in our Top Five!

Just as a reminder as to how our Oscar Confidence Pool works!

  1. Picks are made in the usual manner, and then...
  2. Those picks are ranked from 24 (most confident) to 1 (least confident). 
  3. The highest possible score is a wonderfully round 300 points.
The winner is the person with the most POINTS, with the number of correct picks breaking any ties.

Yes, this was our FIFTH ANNUAL Oscar Pool, and the fourth Oscar Confidence Pool! Saad K. was our first Oscar Pool victor in 2012/2013 with 17 correct picks! Matthew S. won the first Oscar Confidence Pool in 2013/2014 with a still unmatched 22 correct picks for 290 points! In 2014/2015 it was Oliver D. who won our third Pool with 20 correct picks for 270 points! Last year's Oscar Confidence Pool winner was long time Trivia Club competitor Mark P. who won in 2015/2016 with 18 correct picks for 257 points!

An added wrinkle for this, the Fifth Annual Oscar Pool is the involvement of teams! As well as an individual award, we will be celebrating the TEAM with the most points! Trivia Club is, after all a group effort, so it seemed only fitting! Teams scores were decided, by taking in all ballots from a team of two or more participants, and averaging the scores!

Now our results... and the 2017 OSCAR CONFIDENCE POOL goes to...

Mark, our first TWO-TIME Oscar Confidence Pool winner!
Mark P. of the Cunning Stunts - 242 points (17 picks)
24. Best Supporting Actress - Viola Davis, Fences
23. Best Supporting Actor - Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
22. Best Actress - Emma Stone, La La Land
21. Production Design - La La Land
20. Cinematography - La La Land
19. Visual Effects - The Jungle Book
18. Animated Short - Piper
17. Original Score - La La Land
16. Documentary Feature - O.J.: Made in America
13. Foreign Language Film - The Salesman, Iran
12. Animated Feature - Zootopia
10. Best Director - Damien Chazelle, La La Land
9. Original Screenplay - Manchester by the Sea
8. Adapted Screenplay - Moonlight
7. Original Song - "City of Stars", La La Land
2. Live Action Short - Sing
1. Animated Short - Piper
Most confident incorrect pick: Costume Design - La La Land (15 points)
Least confident incorrect pick: Best Actor - Denzel Washington, Fences (3 points)

Marc W. of David Bowie's Corporate Whores - 224 points (15 picks)
24. Original Score - La La Land
23. Best Actress - Emma Stone, La La Land
22. Best Director - Damien Chazelle, La La Land
21. Best Supporting Actress - Viola Davis, Fences
20. Best Supporting Actor - Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
19. Animated Feature - Zootopia
18. Cinematography - La La Land
17. Documentary Feature - O.J.: Made in America
16. Original Song - "City of Stars", La La Land
14. Animated Short - Piper
13. Visual Effects - The Jungle Book
11. Original Screenplay - Manchester by the Sea
3. Makeup and Hairstyling - Suicide Squad
2. Documentary Short - The White Helmets
1. Live Action Short - Sing
Most confident incorrect pick: Adapted Screenplay - Hidden Fences (15 points)
Least confident incorrect pick: Costume Design - Jackie (4 points)

Dee R. of Tiny Tim's... - 221 points (16 picks)
24. Best Supporting Actor - Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
23. Best Supporting Actress - Viola Davis, Fences
22. Best Actor - Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
21. Adapted Screenplay - Moonlight
20. Original Song - "City of Stars", La La Land
18. Animated Feature - Zootopia
17. Original Score - La La Land
15. Visual Effects - The Jungle Book
13. Production Design - La La Land
12. Cinematography - La La Land
11. Best Actress - Emma Stone, La La Land
8. Foreign Language Film - The Salesman, Iran
7. Documentary Feature - O.J.: Made in America
6. Best Picture - Moonlight
3. Documentary Short - The White Helmets
1. Animated Short - Piper
Most confident incorrect pick: Makeup and Hairstyling - Star Trek Beyond (19 points)
Least confident incorrect pick: Live Action Short - Timecode (2 points)

Peter M. of PETE! - 204 points (14 picks)
24. Best Supporting Actor - Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
23. Best Supporting Actress - Viola Davis, Fences
22. Adapted Screenplay - Moonlight
21. Best Actor - Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
20. Documentary Feature - O.J.: Made in America
19. Visual Effects - The Jungle Book
17. Best Director - Damien Chazelle, La La Land
14. Original Score - La La Land
13. Animated Feature - Zootopia
11. Production Design - La La Land
8. Documentary Short - The White Helmets
5. Foreign Language Film - The Salesman, Iran
4. Best Picture - Moonlight
3. Animated Short - Piper
Most confident incorrect pick: Original Screenplay - La La Land (18 points)
Least confident incorrect pick: Original Song - "How Far I'll Go", Moana (1 point)

Gavin B. of Tiny Tim's... - 203 points (13 picks)
24. Foreign Language Film - The Salesman, Iran
23. Best Supporting Actor - Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
22. Original Song - "City of Stars", La La Land
21. Adapted Screenplay - Moonlight
20. Original Screenplay - Manchester by the Sea
19. Best Picture - Moonlight
18. Sound Mixing - Hacksaw Ridge
15. Film Editing - Hacksaw Ridge
12. Best Actor - Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
11. Best Director - Damien Chazelle, La La Land
9. Original Score - La La Land
5. Documentary Short - The White Helmets
4. Production Design - La La Land
Most confident incorrect pick: Sound Editing - Hacksaw Ridge (17 points)
Least confident incorrect pick: Costume Design - Jackie (1 point)

Dylan M. of the M. Night Shaym-Aliens - 188 points (14 picks)
Most confident correct pick: Original Score - La La Land (24 points)
Most confident incorrect pick: Original Screenplay - La La Land (22 points)
Least confident correct pick: Animated Short - Piper (1 point)
Least confident incorrect pick: Documentary Short - Joe's Violin (3 points)

Russel H. of Trivia Club - 182 points (12 picks)
Most confident correct pick: Best Supporting Actress - Viola Davis, Fences (24 points)
Most confident incorrect pick: Best Picture - La La Land (18 points)
Least confident correct pick: Documentary Short - The White Helmets (2 points)
Least confident incorrect pick: Live Action Short - Ennemis Interieurs (1 point)

Jonathan K. of the Electric Mayhem - 175 points (13 picks)
Most confident correct pick: Animated Feature - Zootopia (23 points)
Most confident incorrect pick: Best Picture - La La Land (24 points)
Least confident correct pick: Live Action Short - Sing (2 points)
Least confident incorrect pick: Animated Short - Pear Cider and Cigarettes (1 point)

Neil R. of Wookiee of the Year - 148 points (12 picks)
Most confident correct pick: Best Actor - Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (22 points)
Most confident incorrect pick: Best Picture - La La Land (24 points)
Least confident correct pick: Production Design - La La Land (1 point)
Least confident incorrect pick: Visual Effects - Doctor Strange (2 points)

Riley of Lt. Dance - 147 points (11 picks)
Most confident correct pick: Best Actor - Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (23 points)
Most confident incorrect pick: Best Picture - La La Land (24 points)
Least confident correct pick: Foreign Language Film - The Salesman, Iran (3 points)
Least confident incorrect pick: Animated Short - Pear Cider and Cigarettes (1 point)

Jason of Team Name - 134 points (11 picks)
Most confident correct pick: Documentary Short - The White Helmets (21 points)
Most confident incorrect pick: Animated Short - Blind Vaysha (23 points)
Least confident correct pick: Documentary Feature - O.J.: Made in America
Least confident incorrect pick:  Foreign Language Film - Toni Erdmann, Germany

Shelby of the M. Night Shaym-Aliens - 121 points (11 picks)
Most confident correct pick: Production Design - La La Land (24 points)
Most confident incorrect pick: Animated Short - Borrowed Time (23 points)
Least confident correct pick: Best Actor - Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (1 point)
Least confident incorrect pick: Best Actress - Isabelle Huppert, Elle (3 points)

Simon L. of Team Name - 102 points (9 picks)
Most confident correct pick: Adapted Screenplay - Moonlight (20 points)
Most confident incorrect pick: Production Design - Arrival (24 points)
Least confident correct pick: Documentary Feature - O.J.: Made in America (1 point)
Least confident incorrect pick: Best Picture - La La Land (2 points)

Joel L. of the M. Night Shaym-Aliens - 97 points (9 picks)
Most confident correct pick: Visual Effects - The Jungle Book (23 points)
Most confident incorrect pick: Production Design - Hail, Caesar! (24 points)
Least confident correct pick: Best Director - Damien Chazelle, La La Land (1 point)
Least confident incorrect pick: Best Picture - La La Land (2 points)

Frankie of the M. Night Shaym-Aliens - 97 points (8 picks)
Most confident correct pick: Original Score - La La Land (24 points)
Most confident incorrect pick: Best Picture - La La Land (23 points)
Least confident correct pick: Live Action Short - Sing (4 points)
Least confident incorrect pick: Animated Short - Borrowed Time (1 point)

Maya B. of David Bowie's Corporate Whores - 88 points (7 picks)
Most confident correct pick: Sound Editing - Arrival (23 points)
Most confident incorrect pick: Sound Mixing - Arrival (24 points)
Least confident correct pick: Live Action Short - Sing (1 point)
Least confident incorrect pick: Best Director - Denis Villeneuve, Arrival (2 points)


TEAM RANKINGS
Tiny Tim's..., 212 avg. points (2 individual participants)
Highest individual score: Dee R. w/ 221 points
Lowest individual score: Gavin B. w/ 203 points

Occasional Champions, 177 points (4 collaborative participants)
Most confident correct pick: Film Editing - Hacksaw Ridge (23 points)
Most confident incorrect pick: Production Design - Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (24 points)
Least confident correct pick: Best Actor - Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (1 point)
Least confident incorrect pick: Best Picture - La La Land (2 points)

David Bowie's Corporate Whores, 156 avg. points (2 individual participants)
Highest individual score: Marc W. w/ 224 points
Lowest individual score: Maya B. w/ 88 points

M. Night Shaym-Aliens, 126 avg. points (4 individual participants)
Highest individual score: Dylan M. w/ 134 points
Lowest individual score: Frankie w/ 97 points

Team Name, 118 avg. points (2 individual participants)
Highest individual score: Jason w/ 134 points
Lowest individual score: Simon L. w/ 102 points

Trivial Knowledge, 94 points (2 collaborative participants)
Most confident correct pick: Best Director - Damien Chazelle, La La Land (23 points)
Most confident incorrect pick: Best Picture - La La Land (24 points)
Least confident correct pick: Production Design - La La Land (1 point)
Least confident incorrect pick: Sound Mixing - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2 points)
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