Tom's 34th Annual Oscar Contest
February 26, 2017
First Place Prize: Todd Heimarck (118 points)
What a finish! A massive screw-up on the live Academy Awards show decided the winners and losers in Tom's 34th Annual Oscar Contest. At first, presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty announced La La Land as Best Picture. Moments later, in the midst of the acceptance speeches, it was discovered that the actual winner was Moonlight. This mix-up completely upset the final results in Tom's Oscar Contest.
Todd Heimarck won the First Place Prize by scoring 118 points after correctly choosing Moonlight for Best Picture. His contrarian choice over the heavily favored La La Land vaulted him alone into First Place. Until that moment, the contest appeared to be a three-way tie for First Place among David English, Susanne Bergstrom-Null, and Constance Sweeney. Todd's upset victory is his second consecutive First Place Prize in Tom's Oscar Contest. He also won in 2001. Todd is a writer, comedian, and former editor at Compute! Magazine. Read his acceptance speech.
David English won the Second Place Prize. Although two other contestants tied his score of 99 points, he submitted his ballot six days before the other second-place finishers, Susanne Bergstrom-Null and Constance Sweeney. David is a writer, film buff, and former editor at Compute! Magazine. He also won Second Place in 2002, 2010, and 2015, and he won First Place in 2011. Visit his websites, Filmzoid and Classic Film Preview. Read his acceptance speech.
David Hensley won the last-place Booby Prize by scoring zero points. He tied the Computer Booby artificial contestant, which is ineligible to win the prize. David also won the Booby Prize in 2010 and 2013, and he tied for last place in 2015 (losing the Booby Prize to another contestant who submitted an earlier ballot). David is a self-employed business consultant and e-commerce salesperson in High Point, North Carolina. Read his acceptance speech.