TRAVERSE CITY — Holly MacAulay did her homework and it showed when she her Oscar contest entry landed among four with perfect scores.
“I enter (the Record-Eagle contest) every year,” she said. “I pay attention to what the critics are saying. I go to a lot of movies.”
The four winners of this year’s Record-Eagle Oscar contest all picked perfectly throughout their ballots — including the two tie-breaker categories. There names then were entered into a drawing to determine who gets the four prizes awarded in the contest.
“I think I’ve come close a couple of times,” the Traverse City resident said. “Through the years I’ve won third or fourth.”
She and her husband saw most of the movies in contention for the Academy Awards. But MacAulay chose to stick to a strategy of picking movies she thought would win, not just the ones she liked.
“I don’t base it on what I like best, I base it on what the critics like,” she said.
MacAulay added that she and her husband will make good use the pair of all-access passes to the State Theatre and the Bijou by the Bay she won with her strategic selections.
Marsha Jurgensen of Traverse City was a little disappointed to hear that her name was drawn for the second-place prize. She had her sights set on the top reward since watching the Oscars on Sunday.
“I stayed up for the whole thing,” she said. “I’m a little disappointed.”
Still, Jurgensen’s prize — 12 passes, popcorn and pop at the Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay — is nothing to sneeze at.
Jurgensen won the contest in 2010, taking home a pair of all-access passes to the State Theatre.
This year, unlike the year she won the contest, Jurgensen watched every film in contention for an Oscar except for the two short categories in the tie-breaker.
n Lindsey Makuwatsine of Traverse City took home third prize — a pair of passes to Frankfort’s Garden Theater for the remainder of 2014.
n Barbara Abbott of Lake Leelanau landed fourth prize — a 26-week, seven-day subscription to the Traverse City Record-Eagle.