Did The Academy Reveal Oscar Winners Before Awards Show?

Last Monday (2/3), The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tweeted out what appeared to be official Oscar winners a week before the awards show last night. Voting for Academy members hadn't closed yet at that time.

The tweet was a part of a campaign featuring an interactive tool The Academy launched on Twitter, whereupon users could DM predicted Oscar winners to the @TheAcademy official channel.

The Academy's tweet showing what appeared to be their predicted winners was deleted almost immediately. They then released a statement saying, "A brief issue on Twitter made some of your (predictions) look like they came from our account. They didn't. This error is now resolved. We'll reveal our picks on Sunday."

photo: Getty Images (pictured: Renee Zellwegger with her Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role)

Let's compare the predicted winners from last week's tweet to the actual winners from last night and see how close this erroneous tweet was to the actual winners at the Oscars Sunday night:

Best Picture: predicted - Parasite | winner - Parasite

Actor in a Supporting Role: predicted - Brad Pitt | winner - Brad Pitt

Animated Feature Film: predicted - Klaus | winner - Toy Story 4

Live Action Short Film: predicted - Saria | winner - The Neighbor's Window

Sound Editing: predicted - 1917 | winner - Ford vs. Ferrari

Makeup and Hairstyling: predicted - Bombshell | winner - Bombshell

Directing: predicted - Sam Mendes | winner - Bong Joon-ho

Actress in a Supporting Role: predicted - Laura Dern | winner - Laura Dern

International Feature Film: predicted - Parasite | winner - Parasite

Animated Short Film: predicted - Kitbull | winner - Hair Love

Sound Mixing: predicted - 1917 | winner - 1917

Costume Design: predicted - Little Women | winner - Little Women

Actor in a Leading Role: predicted - Joaquin Phoenix | winner - Joaquin Phoenix

Original Screenplay: predicted - Parasite | winner - Parasite

Documentary Feature: predicted - For Sama | winner - American Factory

Original Score: predicted - Joker | winner - Joker

Production Design: predicted - Parasite | winner - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Film Editing: predicted - Joker | winner - Ford vs. Ferrari

Actress in a Leading Role: predicted - Renee Zellwegger | winner - Renee Zellwegger

Adapted Screenplay: predicted - Jojo Rabbit | winner - Jojo Rabbit

Documentary Short Subject: predicted - In the Absence | winner - Learning to Skate in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)

Original Song: predicted - "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" | winner - "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again"

Cinematography: predicted - 1917 | winner - 1917

Visual Effects: predicted - 1917 | winner - 1917

It looks like The Academy did not tweet out the real winners last Monday after all. Some conspiracy theorists could say that tweet showed the winners as of Monday. The votes trickling in after that may have changed things up leading to the actual awards show. We may never know...

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