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By Chris Beachum
Feb 25 2013 12:00 pm

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Last year's Emmys showcased both several surprise winners ("Homeland," Damian Lewis, Jon Cryer) and a slew of returning favorites ("Modern Family," Claire Danes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus).

With all of those champs as well as so many other familiar contenders and hot newcomers in the running this year, who will make the cut when Emmy nominations are announced on July 18?

Log in to your account or sign in using Facebook and make your predictions now. We have lots of info online to help you narrow these fields down to just five or six nominees per category. Rank them in the order of their likelihood to win and earn bragging rights that you were the first to forecast these victories. 

Last year, "Homeland" shocked with its win for Best Drama Series in 2012. It returns to defend its crown, and all five of its competitors are again eligible: "Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," and four-time winner "Mad Men." Other strong bets are "The Americans," "The Good Wife," "House of Cards," "Nashville," and "The Newsroom."

Lewis was part of that "Homeland" sweep, surprising as Best Drama Actor. He could contend again against three-time champ Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Hugh Bonneville ("Downton Abbey"), Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"). And watch out for Kevin Bacon ("The Following"), Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom"), Jonny Lee Miller ("Elementary"), Timothy Olyphant ("Justified"), and Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards").

Danes ("Homeland") was a lock last year for Best Drama Actress. She defeated Kathy Bates ("Harry's Law"), Glenn Close ("Damages"), Michelle Dockery ("Downton Abbey"), Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife"), and Elisabeth Moss ("Mad Men"). All but Bates could return this year to contend again. Other possibilities are Connie Britton ("Nashville"), Mariska Hargitay ("Law and Order: Special Victims Unit"), Debra Messing ("Smash"), Emily Mortimer ("The Newsroom"), Keri Russell ("The Americans"), Kerry Washington ("Scandal"), and Robin Wright ("House of Cards").



Seth MacFarlane delivers despite disorganized Oscar telecast

By Daniel Montgomery
Feb 25 2013 11:26 am

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Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have discussed their thrill at finally being able to put on the Oscars, but based on their output you wouldn't think they gave it much thought at all.

During most awards shows, attention is paid first and foremost to the performance of the host, but in this case it wasn't the man on stage who dropped the ball. Seth MacFarlane was a credible emcee. Sure he got off to a nervous start, doing a stand-up routine that didn't quite seem to fit him, name-checking various nominees with jokes, some of which hit and some of which missed; poking fun at Tommy Lee Jones's sour expression – which elicited a rare non-sour reaction shot of the actor in the crowd – was a highlight.

But he seemed much more in his wheelhouse when he then launched into taped segments, including a musical tribute to female nudity in the movies, a sock-puppet recreation of "Flight," and a bit with Sally Field in which they ran away together because Anne Hathaway was going to win the Oscar anyway. They were absurd and slightly inappropriate, but so self-aware about their inappropriateness that it became part of the joke.

MacFarlane never reached those heights again during the telecast. Rather, he introduced presenters and rattled off more punchlines, and while his performance doesn't lead me to believe he'll be invited back as a regular Oscar host, he didn't lay a James Franco-sized egg either.

But one has to wonder what Zadan and Meron were thinking when you consider their choices throughout the night. Their James Bond tribute was a bust. After weeks of anticipation, they honored the long-running film series with a halfhearted clip package followed by the theme from "Goldfinger," performed – brilliantly, it must be said – by Dame Shirley Bassey. When the show cut to commercial immediately thereafter, I wondered, "Is that it?"



Oscars reviews roundup: Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

By Tom O'Neil
Feb 25 2013 11:12 am

USA TODAY: "Give this to MacFarlane: He threw everything he had at it. He dressed up like the Flying Nun. He played with sock puppets. He radiated charm, if not cool. And, of course, he told jokes. A tad nervously, perhaps, but he did manage to land a fair number of them. He even got Tommy Lee Jones to laugh at a joke about getting Tommy Lee Jones to laugh, which has to count for something. Oh, and he sang and danced. A lot."

WASHINGTON POST: "MacFarlane, the potty-mouth cartoon mogul turned latter-day lounge lizard, did a fairly middle-of-the-road job as host on a fairly middle-of-the-road telecast. He occasionally found the balance between the knifey, pop-savvy humor of his TV shows and his other side as a show-biz sycophant who sings all the standards at the top of his lungs. What you got was a combination of sicko and retro, an Oscar show hosted by someone who waited until Oscar night to discover that he’s only so-so at stand-up comedy."

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: "Listen -- a billion people are throwing up. That's a rough estimate of course, but every year somebody at the Oscars says a billion people on the planet are watching the program; however many watched this year's Oscar show, they may well have felt sickened by it. It was a stomach-churning, jaw-dropping debacle, incompetently hosted and witlessly produced. Hollywood historians will debate whether the 1989 Oscar show, disastrously produced by Allan Carr (with Rob Lowe singing to Snow White), will remain the worst ever or if this year's, sadistically concocted by producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, will take the dishonor as all-time most horrible. Both, let's face it, will live in infamy, like Pearl Harbor. "

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: "Some of this stuff was pretty funny. But by calling constant attention to the naughty factor, MacFarlane also created an echo chamber of outrage, working a little too hard to top himself with faux-scandalous gags about race, Jews in Hollywood, and the the killing of Abraham Lincoln."



News Nuggets: Oscars ratings up, but trails Super Bowl and Grammys in social media

By Daniel Montgomery
Feb 25 2013 10:48 am

oscars logo entertainment film newsOscar ratings up from last year: "Last night’s Oscars were up 19% from the 2012 Academy Awards, according to fast national ratings. The Seth MacFarlane-hosted ceremony on ABC pulled in a 12.1/28 on Sunday in the adults 18-49 demo. Last year’s Oscars, hosted by Billy Crystal, got a 10.2/23 in fast nationals from 8:30-11 PM ET; those ratings eventually rose to 11.7/27 in the final numbers." Deadline

Despite ratings boost, the Oscars lose the social media battle to the Super Bowl and the Grammys: "The ratings may be up, but social-media-wise, the Oscars still pale in comparison with the Super Bowl and even the Grammys. There were 8.9 million tweets about the 85th annual Academy Awards; 2.1 million during the red carpet, and 6.8 million during the telecast, according to a Twitter spokesperson. The Super Bowl was the subject of 24 million messages and the Grammys 14 million." New York Times

After winning Grammys and an Oscar, Adele eyes the elusive EGOT: "'Maybe I'll do an HBO special like Beyonce did,' she told Billboard backstage at the Dolby Theatre. 'And a Tony, I'm not so sure. Maybe someday I'll do a musical.'" NME



Best Oscar expert predictions: Scott Feinberg

By Gold Derby News Desk
Feb 24 2013 22:55 pm

UPDATE: Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter) reaped the highest score (87.5%) among the 27 pundits predicting the Oscars at Gold Derby. In our earlier report, we incorrectly cited his score as 71% because we did not know he had updated predictions after his last "Feinberg Forecast." See his final, correct predix here.

In second place with 84% are Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon) and Gold Derby's Paul Sheehan.

Michael Hogan (Huffington Post) got 80% while Michael Musto (Village Voice) scored 75%. 

Tied with 71% apiece were Thelma Adams (Yahoo), Tom O'Neil  (Gold Derby), Richard Rushfield (BuzzFeed), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Glenn Whipp (LA Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today).  

With 67% each were Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Guy Lodge (In ContentionKevin Polowy (Next Movie) and Alex Suskind (Moviefone).

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With 63% each were Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Ramin Setoodeh (Daily Beast) and Chuck Walton (Fandango). 

Coming in at 59% was Keith Simanton (IMDb) while Richard Horgan (Fishbowl LA) and Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post) got 55% as did Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) who predicted 11 categories. 



See how you did predicting the Oscars

By Gold Derby News Desk
Feb 24 2013 22:50 pm

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Over 1,700 Gold Derby readers predicted the winners in the 24 categories at the Academy Awards. In total, our users logged almost 38,000 predictions.

To see your results, log into your account and under your profile picture click Oscars 2012. And to find out where you rank on our leaderboard, click here.

For a full breakdown of our results by category, click here.

While many of the top races were foregone conclusions, several of them as well as the below-the-line categories confounded our experts, editors and users. Indeed, only 90 users predicted that Production Design win for "Lincoln." (See a complete list of winners here.)

However, six of our users were able to anticipate almost all of the surprises, scoring 92% each: enunes19, Jamestc8, JustinRohrer, robertasreedp, slueguy62025 and WiltedYouth

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Or top editor was Chris Beachum with 84%, followed by Marcus Dixon at 80%, then both Darrin Dortch and David Schnelwar at 71%, Matt Noble on 67%, Robert Licuria with 63% and Daniel Montgomery at 55%. 

Among our experts, Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) did it again. After being our top Oscarologist at forecasting the Oscar nominations (with 73% accuracy), she did even better with a score of 84% when predicting the winners. Joining Anne atop the leader board this time around are Edward Douglas (Coming Soon) and Gold Derby's Paul Sheehan. (They had both placed third at the nominations stage with scores of 70%.)



'Argo' is top winner at the Oscars, winning three including Best Picture

By Gold Derby News Desk
Feb 24 2013 21:00 pm

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As predicted, "Argo" won top honors at the Academy Awards, winning three of its seven nominations: Best Picture, Best Adapted Sreenplay, and Best Editing. Though Ben Affleck was snubbed in the Best Director race, he nevertheless took home a trophy as one of the film's producers, making him an undefeated two-time winner at the Oscars; he previously won Best Original Screenplay for "Good Will Hunting" in 1997. (For the complete list of winners, click here.)

George Clooney, also a producer on the film, picks up a second Oscar as well, to add to his Best Supporting Actor trophy for "Syriana" (2005). To date, he has earned eight nominations across a record six categories for writing, directing, producing, and acting. (See more facts and figures here.) His frequent producing partner, Grant Heslov, wins his first award in four nominations. 

Not to be outdone, "Life of Pi" claimed four awards out of its 11 bids: Best Director (Ang Lee), Best Cinematography, Best Score, and Best Visual Effects. Despite losing the top prize, it was the most honored film of the night.

"Les Miserables" took three of its nine races: Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway), Best Makeup/Hairstyling, and Best Sound Mixing.

Steven Spielberg's historical epic "Lincoln," which led all films with 12 nominations and was the frontrunner earlier in the season, had to settle for just two wins: Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Best Production Design. Day-Lewis makes history by becoming the first man in Oscar history to win three lead-acting awards; he previously won Best Actor for "My Left Foot" (1989) and "There Will Be Blood" (2007). He is also breaks the curse on acting nominees from Spielberg pictures.



Oscars 2012: Complete List of Winners

By Gold Derby News Desk
Feb 24 2013 17:50 pm

Nominations for the 85th annual Academy Award were announced on Jan. 10. Winners were revealed on Feb. 24 during the kudocast hosted by Seth MacFarlane that airs live from the Dolby Theatre on ABC. 

X - "Argo"
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" 
"Django Unchained"
"Les Miserables"
"Life of Pi"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Michael Haneke, "Amour"
X - Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"
David. O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook" 
Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" 

Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"
X - Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"
Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master" 
Denzel Washington, "Flight"

Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
X - Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour" 
Quvenzhane Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" 
Naomi Watts, "The Impossible"

Alan Arkin, "Argo"
Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"
Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"
X - Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

Amy Adams, "The Master" 
Sally Field, "Lincoln"
X - Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"
Jacki Weaver, "Silver Linings Playbook" 



Analyzing tonight's Oscar races: What are the odds?

By Gold Derby News Desk
Feb 24 2013 09:40 am

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The Oscars are tonight, and the tea leaves have been read. Who is ahead to win this year's hotly contested races? Click below for our odds and analyses of each race:

"Argo" is the frontrunner to win

Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln") holds narrow lead against Ang Lee ("Life of Pi")

Daniel Day-Lewis ("Lincoln") is far out front

Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook") gets the edge

Tommy Lee Jones ("Lincoln") narrowly leads topsy-turvy race

Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables") is the overwhelming favorite

"Django Unchained" leads close race

"Argo" takes the lead against "Lincoln"

"Wreck-It Ralph" gets best odds

"Searching for Sugar Man" heavily favored to win

"Amour" expected to dominate the race

Claudio Miranda will win his first Oscar for "Life of Pi"




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