[ TOM's OSCAR CONTEST ]


Tom's 34th Annual Oscar Contest
February 26, 2017

First Place Prize: Todd Heimarck (118 points)
Second Place Prize: David English (99 points, 1st ballot)
Booby Prize: David Hensley (0 points, tie)
Last Place (tie): Computer Booby (0 points, ineligible)


Contest Summary

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.

  • 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 16 of 24 Oscar categories (67%), beating all but five human contestants.

  • See the final scores from last year's contest. The winner was Todd Heimarck.

  • Visit the Hall of Fame for Tom's Oscar Contest. You can see the names of all winners from 1989 to 2017. (Sorry, earlier years are not available.)


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