Now that Season 9 of "America's Got Talent" has entered its second week of the Semifinals, be sure to cast your votes now for who you think will advance tomorrow night and who will ultimately win.
Face off against fellow "AGT" fans every week here at Gold Derby by answering our questions before every results episode and you will earn points based on correct predictions. The winner of our contest at season's end will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.
Below, a brief rundown of this week's "Semifinals, Week 2" contestants in order of their current Gold Derby winning odds.
Matt Roush, one of our Emmy pundits, answers a reader question about the snubs of "Orange is the New Black" and "True Detective": "I seriously doubt Emmy voters were worrying about upsetting viewers in their determinations. There was plenty of speculation in the aftermath that the Emmy results suggested a backlash of sorts against those who tried to game the system, but in the drama category, it was clearly heading toward a 'Breaking Bad sweep,' so 'True Detective' and/or HBO may be kicking themselves for not targeting the arguably less competitive miniseries category (although my vote would have gone to 'Fargo' over Detective, so I'm happy how that turned out). With Orange and the comedy category, that was a bit of a shock for those of us who bought the Netflix hype, but the Emmy voters (an unusually consistent lot lately) played it safe and honored an actual comedy series, one they still obviously revere after five seasons — though if they were going traditional, I wish they'd rewarded 'The Big Bang Theory,' which has actually improved with age." TV Guide
With five Oscar losses and no wins, Amy Adams is one away from tying an ignoble record with Thelma Ritter and Glenn Close, who suffered the worst shutouts among actresses, with six unsuccessful bids. But our Top 24 Users think Adams will finally prevail this year according to their latest predictions, and we should strongly consider their picks; they were the highest scorers picking last year's nominations.
Sasha Stone takes a look at the Best Actress race in the context of the potential absence of Cannes champ Julianne Moore ("Maps to the Stars"). "I personally think the role and her overdue status give her the stuff to drive it home to a win (think: Charlize Theron in 'Monster'). I also think it’s premature to assume the Oscar voters are too soft to handle a movie like this. Most of them came of age during Ken Russell and Robert Altman, for chrissakes." Awards Daily
One of the highlights of my television viewing each year is the Kennedy Center Honors. Having followed the ceremony since the very beginning in 1978, I love that it is a true celebration of the arts. CBS should be commended for devoting two hours annually to celebrate such a wide variety of artists, well-known or not.
Our Oscar Experts now number 16 and they have updated their predictions based on what soared and sank at the Venice and Telluride filmfests. While many of the top contenders for this year's Academy Awards have yet to be screened, these Oscarologists have peered into their crystal balls and cast the following predictions.
War is raging across Gold Derby over whether homophobia robbed "The Normal Heart," Matt Bomer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and others of deserved Emmy wins. I say that the answer is obviously "yes!" and I fume about it in my article "Why the Emmys bitch-slapped 'The Normal Heart.'"
That piece builds upon the arguments laid out by Wayman Wong in his own article -- "Did homophobia crush 'The Normal Heart' at the Emmys?"
Nearly four months after captivating Cannes, Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" made its American debut with a sensational screening at the Telluride film festival. Miller, who claimed the Best Director prize at Cannes, is a strong contender already in our Oscar odds. He is the pick of five of our 15 Experts and ranks second to Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") in our overall odds.
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