Proven film scholar John Axford went 19-for-24 with his Oscars predictions
Each year, the Academy Awards celebrate the year's top movies, actors and industry professionals. Also each year, pitcher
This might not strike you as something extraordinary, until you realize Axford's track record. Back in 2014, he made headlines for his perfect 14-for-14 ballot, and has done very well in this regard in other years (14-for-15 in '13, 17-for-24 in 2015).
For the statistically inclined, that's good for a 84.9 percent success rate on Oscar picks. Axford's career save success rate? 79.6 percent.
His picks are so anticipated that they warranted a pre-announcement heads-up on Sunday afternoon:
My Oscar predictions will be out later today. Stay tuned. #Oscars— John Axford (@JohnAxford) February 25, 2017
Ax went a superb 19-for-24 on his picks this year -- good for 79 percent:
My 2017 Oscar picks! pic.twitter.com/TanlzxJ6jw— John Axford (@JohnAxford) February 25, 2017
The reliever thought he had chosen correctly with La La Land as Best Picture (along with well, everybody else), but teammate
19/24*******************— Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) February 27, 2017
Fortunately, it's what Axford had hoped for in the first place.