At Gold Derby you now earn more than bragging rights when you score the best predictions. Prizes for best scores predicting most awards and TV series featured in our Prediction Center: $100 Amazon gift certificate is awarded to weekly winners plus player with top score at end of TV season. Three prizes will be bestowed for the three best scores predicting the Primetime Emmys in 2015: $500 (win), $300 (place) and $200 (show). Read our Official Contest Rules.
Make your first set of predictions now. Change them as often as you wish. Here's what to do.
STEP ONE: Register for a free account HERE or sign in automatically using your Facebook account. LOG IN HERE.
STEP TWO: When you're logged in, you'll go immediately to your prediction page HERE. Click the TV show or award you'd like to predict.
STEP THREE: Scroll down the page to see the questions for you to answer if you've chosen a reality TV show.
Each question is worth 100 points that you wager against the racetrack odds set by our users' predictions. Plus you get one EXTRA bet of 100 points to apply to any question of your choice. When finished, remember to click "Save Predictions" button.
If you're picking an award event, the prediction area will be different. See below. Press on "Click Here" inside the category boxes to begin predicting.
STEP FOUR: A pop-up box will apear. Grab your choices from the left column, drag them over to the right column and arrange contenders by likelihood of winning. Notice that you can easily move the contenders up and down in the right column.
STEP FIVE: Wager points. Every category is worth 100 points -- with three exceptions. You get three Super Bets: one for 500 points and two for 200 points. Decide your bet in the drop-down menu located in top left corner of the category pop-up boxes.
STEP SIX: Always remember to click "Save Predictions" button, then move on to decide another category.
Save your predictions and check back with Gold Derby after the awards show to see if you've reaped the most game points. Here are our leaderboards.
SCORING PREDICTION POINTS FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS: Most categories are worth 100 points, which get distributed evenly among all of your picks. Therefore, if you choose 5 nominees in an acting race, you're waging 20 points per contender against the racetrack odds that you lock in the last time you update that category. But you get three larger bets: one Super Bet for 500 points and 2 Big Bets for 200 points. Those also get distributed among all contenders you pick in a category too.
SCORING PREDICTION POINTS FOR AWARD WINNERS: Most categories are worth 100 points, but user gets three larger bets: 1 Super Bet for 500 points, 2 Big Bets for 200 points. Points are applied against odds that are locked in the last time a user updates a category. Users get consolation points if their predictions comes in these rankings land in second place (25), third (10), fourth (5), fifth (4), sixth (3), seventh (2) or eighth (1).
SCORING PREDICTION POINTS FOR REALITY TV: Some questions are worth 100 points, but user gets 1 Super Bet for 500 points and two Big Gets for 200 points. Points are applied against odds that are locked in the last time a user updates a category. Two hundred points are awarded for overall question ("Who will win the reality TV show competition?) at finish of game, plus user receives 100 points for each week user holds onto their prediction continuously till the end. Loyalty is rewarded. If you switch your prediction, you'll start a new count and may reduce your shot at highest score.
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Read a history of Gold Derby and its founder Tom O'Neil here.
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BELOW: A brief and simple guide to how Gold Derby works -- including how you can post your award predictions and compete against the experts.
BELOW: After Gold Derby helped Cynthia Nixon to choose the right episodes to submit to Emmy judges in 2004, leading to her first Emmy win on her last year on "Sex and the City," she graciously thanked us:
BELOW: In 2011, just moments after winning the Emmy for Best Drama Series for a fourth year in a row, "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner told us what's really important to him: winning the Gold Derby Award a few days earlier. (All site users choose nominees and winners, so join Gold Derby now.)
Video: Here's How to Make Award Predictions at Gold Derby
Contest Winners: Best Predictions
Win $100 predicting:
Emmys, MTV Movie Awards,
ACMs & Daytime Emmys
Read more about entry and rules here. Make your initial predictions now. Change them later as often as you wish up until the nominations or winners are announced.
Below, meet our past winners of recent award prediction contests.
Oscar Nominations: New York state resident Tim Kressner (gufa54) won $1,000 for reaping the highest percentage (78%) when predicting Academy Award noms. Watch our video chat with him here and learn his strategy for making picks. See the leaderboard here. See Kressner's predix here.
Golden Globes (Film):Mario Gomez, a med studen in Mexico, won our contest with the highest percentage of correct picks (86%) and highest point score (2,693). See our video chat with him here. Two other contestants also scored 86%: lulo1989 and eastwest. Tom O'Neil reaped best Experts' score. David Schnelwar had top score among our Editors. See the leaderboard here to see if you made the top tier.
Critics Choice Nominations:Bryce H scored an impressive 83% when sizing up 20 categories. That was one percentage point ahead of our smartest Editor, Daniel Montgomery. Our top Expert was also one of our Editors, Paul Sheehan, who reaped 74%. To see how you performed, check out our leaderboard plus the score section of your account page.
Golden Globe (Film) Nominations: Jonathanwas our top User, reaping a staggering 86% when forecasting the lineup of 10 categories. That put him six percentage points ahead of our best Expert -- Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) -- and eight ahead of our leading Editor, Daniel Montogomery. Did you made the cut on the leaderboard score breakdown?