Traditional media film critics have attacked bloggers who dare to predict Oscar nominees. LA Times columnist Patrick Goldstein once wrote "we've become a nation of handicappers," and, "it's not just an insult to the Oscars, but to the people who make the movies too."
With Oscar noms only days away, TMZ reviewed the 2005 Oscar nom track records of USA Today, Us Weekly, the Associated Press and Variety, against Oscarcentral.com, Oscarwatch.com, EverythingOscar.com, and TheFilmExperience.net. So who was more dead-on, respected traditional critics or their blogging counterparts?
The envelope please.
Of the 25 most commonly-predicted nominees, the traditional critics got it right 21 times, the bloggers eeked out a better track record with 23.
Sasha Stone of OscarWatch.com has a theory: "Professionals tend to take bigger chances with their predictions in order to distinguish themselves from the others."
Tom O'Neill with TheEnvelope.com is tougher on traditional critics whom he claims are guilty of "wishful thinking. Don't give me who should win. Give me who will win." Take the poll on Oscar noms, which are announced on Tuesday. See if TMZ does better than the pros.