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Reality TV prediction contests: YOU need to beat these savvy prognosticators

By Marcus James Dixon
By Marcus James Dixon
Oct 01 2014 14:33 pm
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Ever since Gold Derby started giving out $100 prizes to our users predicting reality television, we've seen our fare share of surprise champs, repeat winners and come-from-behind victors in our TV derby.

Have YOU come in first, second or third place during any of our reality TV contests? Scroll down to see the complete list of winners' rankings for all of the shows we've predicted thus far, according to our leaderboards. Hint: These are the people you need to watch out for (or copy answers from) each week as you make your TV show predictions.

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Gold Derby Oscar MVP: Miles Teller bleeds for awards attention in 'Whiplash'

By Marcus James Dixon
By Marcus James Dixon
Oct 01 2014 13:13 pm
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While everyone on the awards circuit is praising J.K. Simmons' supporting turn as a villainous music teacher -- and rightfully so -- in "Whiplash," I wanted to take a moment to stick up for the film's seemingly forgotten leading man Miles Teller.

Sure, Teller may be a bit young and not quite a household name yet, but I urge Oscar voters not to forget about him when it comes time to filling out their Best Actor ballots.

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Predict Best Sound Mixing and Sound Editing Oscar: Will their winners match yet again?

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Oct 01 2014 12:49 pm
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The Oscars for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing tend to favor films that feature a lot of loud action, like past winners "Skyfall," "Inception," "The Hurt Locker," "The Dark Knight," and "The Bourne Ultimatum." The categories also tend to award the same films: in the past 10 years, Mixing and Editing matched six times, including last year's pair of wins for "Gravity."

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Predict Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar: Will period and prosthetics dominate?

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Oct 01 2014 08:27 am
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Best Makeup and Hairstyling, a category whose name was changed in 2012 to include hairstyling, has typically been awarded to the film with the most extensive prosthetic makeup, usually to create creatures for sci-fi and fantasy films ("The Wolfman," "Pan's Labyrinth," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"), or to age or transform actors in biopics ("La Vie en Rose," "Frida," "The Iron Lady").

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You decide: Will SAG TV Awards preview Emmys again?

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Sep 30 2014 14:40 pm
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Who will be the nominees and winners in the eight television races at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards? Our new predictions center is now open for you to log your picks. While the Screen Actors Guild Awards for film are typically an excellent predictor of the Oscars, the same hasn't always been true of SAG's relationship to the Emmys. 

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What hated Oscar wins would you dare to defend?

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Sep 30 2014 11:45 am
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It's true that history isn't always kind to the decisions made by Oscar voters: "How Green Was My Valley" over "Citizen Kane," "Dances with Wolves" over "Goodfellas," "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain," to name a few controversial calls. But are all unpopular Oscar-winners universally reviled? Not so, according to our forum posters, who are sticking their necks out for some of the most unpopular winners of recent years.

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News Nuggets: Why 'The Knick' with Clive Owen is 'horrifying, beautiful and clever'

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Sep 30 2014 09:48 am
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The Knick Cinemax Clive Owen Steven Soderbergh Entertainment NewsMatt Zoller Seitz appreciates the "greatest sustained display of directorial virtuosity in the history of American TV." That praise is for Steven Soderbergh, who helms the first season of "The Knick" on Cinemax. Starring Clive Owen, it is set in a New York hospital circa 1900. He refers to the most recent episode as "the most exciting, horrifying, beautiful, and clever hours of filmmaking I've seen this year." The show and Owen will be competing for the first time at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards for possible nominations this December. Vulture

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Oscars News: Will 'Interstellar' be a combo of Steven Spielberg emotion and Stanley Kubrick intellect?

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Sep 30 2014 08:22 am
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Oscars Interstellar Christopher Nolan Steven Spielberg Stanley Kubrick Entertainment NewsKris Tapley looks at the "lay of the land" regarding Oscars after the current New York Film Festival concludes. He says the "Interstellar" onslaught is already beginning with a new trailer, TV spots, posters, and more. The Christopher Nolan film has a reported "massive" runing time, but that it possibly "finds a sweet spot between the emotion of Steven Spielberg and intellect of Stanley Kubrick." The race becomes even more interesting with the unseen "Unbroken" (Angelina Jolie), American Sniper" (Clint Eastwood), "Fury" (David Ayer), "A Most Violent Year" (J.C. Chandor), and "The Gambler" (Rupert Wyatt). HitFix

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'Unbroken' gallops into second place in Oscars Best Picture race

By Paul Sheehan
By Paul Sheehan
Sep 30 2014 07:14 am
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While "Boyhood" continues to sit atop the Best Picture chart with the support of nine Oscars Experts, four of our 20 Oscarologists are now backing "Unbroken." This second feature film helmed by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie ("Girl, Interrupted") chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell), an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Five of our seven Editors are also backing this horse in the derby (See their individual predictions here.) 

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