Tom's 33rd Annual Oscar Contest
February 28, 2016

First Place Prize: Todd Heimarck (95 points)
Second Place: Computer Average (94 points, ineligible)
Second Place Prize: Christopher Null (93 points, 1st ballot)
Booby Prize: Denny Atkin (1 point)
Last Place (tie): Computer Booby (1 point, ineligible)

Contest Summary

A single point decided Tom's 33rd Annual Oscar Contest—despite a last-minute upset for Best Picture. And a four-way tie for the Second Place Prize was broken because one contestant submitted his ballot earlier than the others.

Todd Heimarck won the First Place Prize by scoring 95 points, despite picking The Revenant for Best Picture. (Spotlight won, in an upset.) After clinging to a scant one-point lead for much of the night, Todd squeezed out his victory when all the other leaders who were close behind him also picked The Revenant. Although the second-highest score of 94 points was achieved by Computer Average, one of the artificial contestants created by Tom's OscarCalc program, the computer is ineligible to win a prize. As a result, Christopher Null won the Second Place Prize by scoring 93 points. Three other contestants made the same score, but Chris submitted his ballot three to six days earlier than theirs, which broke the four-way tie.

Todd Heimarck is a writer, comedian, and former editor at Compute! Magazine. He also won the contest in 2001. Read his acceptance speech.

Christopher Null is a San Francisco tech writer, screen writer, and film reviewer. He also won the First Place Prize in 2014, 2005 (three-way tie), and 1998, and he won the Second Place Prize in 2000 (two-way tie) and 1999. Read his acceptance speech.

Denny Atkin won the last-place Booby Prize by scoring only one point. He tied the Computer Booby artificial contestant, which is ineligible to win the prize. Denny works at Microsoft and won the First Place Prize in 2012 and 2013. Read his acceptance speech.

  • Check the real-time scoreboard that was continually updated during the Academy Awards show on TV. Tom's OscarCalc program automatically calculates the scores after each Oscar is presented, then posts the results online within seconds. You can also view any contestant's ballot.

  • See the Oscar predictions made by OscarCalc, the world-famous program behind Tom's Oscar Contest. Each year, in addition to automatically tabulating the scores, OscarCalc predicts with uncanny accuracy who will win an Oscar in each award category. (These predictions form the basis of the computer-generated virtual contestants.) This year, OscarCalc correctly predicted the winners in 18 of 24 Oscar categories (75%).

  • See the final scores from last year's contest. The winner was Rebecca Willingham.

  • Visit the Hall of Fame for Tom's Oscar Contest. You can see the names of all winners from 1989 to 2016. (Sorry, earlier years are not available.)

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