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Dave Karger tops at predicting Golden Globe results

January 12, 2009 |  7:04 pm


Our team of pro pundits had mixed results predicting the surprise-filled Golden Globe Awards. All 14 of us forecast the 14 movie categories and, of our 196 predictions in total, we earned a collective score of only 104 (53.1%). While all of us predicted Heath Ledger to take supporting actor for "The Dark Knight" and for "Wall-E" to win animated feature, only our overall champ — Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly) — predicted Mickey Rourke to win best drama actor for "The Wrestler." I was the only one to foresee the comedy actor victory for Colin Farrell for "In Bruges" and the supporting win for Kate Winslet for "The Reader."

Topping out at 10 of 14 movie races right were Scott Bowles (USA Today) and Dave Karger ("EW"). T.L. Stanley (Gold Rush, Hollywood Reporter) scored nine, while Brad Brevet (Rope of Silicon), Greg Ellwood ( and I had eight each.

Thelma Adams (Us Weekly), Scott Feinberg (Feinberg Files, The Envelope), Peter Howell (Toronto Star) and Kris Tapley ( had seven apiece. Edward Douglas (, Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope) and Marshall Fine (Star Magazine) came in at six right, while Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) got five correct.

Thelma Adams, Brad Brevet, Edward Douglas, Peter Howell, and T.L. Stanley did not offer TV predix. The remaining nine of us did far better with these 11 categories, getting 73 of a possible 99 right (73.7%). Only Greg Ellwood predicted Gabriel Byrne to win best TV drama actor for "In Treatment," while all of us had Alec Baldwin winning best TV comedy actor for "30 Rock" and Paul Giamatti taking telefilm/miniseries actor for "John Adams."

Greg Ellwood got 10 correct, and a quartet of us — Pete Hammond, Dave Karger, Peter Travers, and myself — got nine each. Marshall Fine came in at eight, the Scotts — Bowles and Feinberg — were at seven apiece and Kris Tapley scored four.

Of the nine of us who tried our hand at predicting all 25 categories, Dave Karger was the winner with 19; followed by Greg Ellwood at 18; Scott Bowles and myself at 17; Pete Hammond at 15; Scott Feinberg, Marshall Fine, and Peter Travers at 14; and Kris Tapley at 11.

Photo: HFPA