Microsoft’s Bing predictions engine has been responsible for predicting the World Cup, English soccer results, and NFL games, but last night it turned its attention to the 87th Academy Awards. Bing successfully predicted best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, and the results for supporting actor and actress out of the top awards for the 2015 Oscars. Overall, Microsoft successfully predicted 84 percent of the 24 results, with only four incorrect predictions.
Ahead of the Oscars Microsoft shared its latest predictions, noting that most of the awards are "relatively unpredictable." Microsoft uses a prediction model for the Oscars that is managed by Microsoft researcher David Rothschild over at the company’s New York City research lab. Rothschild correctly predicted 21 of 24 Oscar winners last year, and 19 of 24 winners in 2013. In comparison, Vegas odds from the Wynn casino weren’t nearly as accurate. The Wynn predicted best picture, best actress, best actor, best supporting actress, best supporting actor, and best director, but only managed to correct 4 of 6 correctly. Microsoft predicted all six accurately.