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Winner of the Herald-Mail Oscar Picks Contest

March 04, 2011|BY TIFFANY ARNOLD | tiffanya@herald-mail.com
  • Michael Day, a web developer who lives north of Hagerstown, won this year's Oscar Picks Contest by guessing the winners. He, along with four other entrants, got nine out of 10 picks correct. Day's name was chosen in a random drawing.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

This year's Oscars contest win went to a good guesser.

"Zero investment, 50 bucks in my pocket, I'd say that's a pretty good deal," said Michael Day the winner of The Herald-Mail's eighth Oscar Picks Contest, in which the person who correctly predicts Academy Award winners in 10 categories gets $50 and their picture in the paper.

Day's guessing skills put him in the running to be that guy, and ultimately made him richer. Of the 36 entrants, Day and four others had the most correct answers — nine out of the 10. His name was drawn at random early Monday morning, the night after the Oscars aired on ABC.

Day is a 59-year-old web developer who lives north of Hagers-town. He said he doesn't go to the movies much — an average of twice a year. But he had seen many of the films up for awards on DVD.

His strategy for correctly picking nine out of the 10 award recipients?

"First guess," Day said laughing.

He said he picked "The King's Speech"— a movie he hadn't seen — for Best Picture because his wife, Carol Day, is a speech pathologist with Washington County Public Schools. But Day, like most of the entrants, guessed wrong for Foreign Language Film.

He picked "Biutiful"

"I figured since that was nominated at best picture, I had a shot at it," Day said. "That's what you get at first guess."

As for what he plans to do now that he's won?

"Take my wife for dinner," Day said.


The results

Best Picture | "The King's Speech," Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

Directing
| "The King's Speech," Tom Hooper

Actor in a Leading Role | Colin Firth, "The King's Speech"

Actress in a Leading Role | Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"

Actor in a Supporting Role | Christian Bale, "The Fighter"

Actress in a Supporting Role | Melissa Leo, "The Fighter"

Adapted Screenplay
| "The Social Network," Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

Original Screenplay
| "The King's Speech," Screenplay by David Seidler

Animated Feature Film | "Toy Story 3," Lee Unkrich

Foreign Language Film
| "In a Better World," Denmark

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