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Top 10 Awards Moments of 2014: Ellen's Oscar selfie, Robin Williams' Emmy tribute ...

By Marcus James Dixon
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Dec 25 2014 11:16 am
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Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar selfie that broke the internet ...

Billy Crystal's beautiful Emmy tribute to longtime friend Robin Williams ...

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's hilarious Golden Globes monologue ...

Those are just a few of Gold Derby's favorite awards moments of the year. But what else made our Top 10 list for 2014?

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Oscars news: Looking into 'Big Eyes,' Angelina Jolie obsessed with 'Unbroken'

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Dec 25 2014 03:45 am
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In her intro to an in-depth interview, Anne Thompson writes: "After a decade, screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who first met in the 1980s at USC film school, thought their Margaret Keane biopic 'Big Eyes' would never get made. They were used to their delightfully idiosyncratic outsider tales not being deemed commercial by the studios. Filmmakers Tim Burton did embrace 'Ed Wood,' and Milos Forman championed both 'The People vs. Larry Flynt' and Andy Kaufman portrait 'Man on the Moon.' But many other scripts sat on the shelf, from 'Ripley's Believe It or Not' to biopics about the Marx Brothers, The Village People, Sid and Marty Krofft and Rollen Stewart a.k.a. 'Rainbow Man.' This time Alexander and Karaszewski were hoping to direct 'Big Eyes' themselves. But when suddenly Christoph Waltz offered an opportunity to get the film made, they grabbed that chance." Thompson on Hollywood

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Editors' slugfest: Best TV of 2014 includes 'Fargo,' 'Hannibal,' 'Shameless' ...

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Dec 24 2014 15:23 pm
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In our new slugfest about the Best TV of 2014, Gold Derby Editors Daniel Montgomery, Rob Licuria, Charles Bright and Ralph Galvan highlight their favorite shows and performances of the year. Are YOUR faves among their lists?

Daniel and Rob both name NBC's "Hannibal" as their #1 show of 2014, while Charles goes with FX's Emmy-winner "Fargo" and Ralph chooses long-time dramedy "Shameless."

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Who makes the best Oscars predictions: Our Experts, Editors or Top 24 Users?

By Paul Sheehan
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Dec 24 2014 13:45 pm
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At Gold Derby, we showcase a slew of Oscars predictions: more than two dozen Experts, our in-house team of Editors, the Top 24 Users from last year's contest and thousands of Users just like you. So, which of these groups should you turn to for advice before making your predictions as to this year's Oscar nominations? 

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Our Christmas present to you: Dad sings Bing's 'White Christmas'

By Tom O'Neil
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Dec 24 2014 06:07 am
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On this Christmas Eve, I celebrate the holiday in Mentor, Ohio -- about 20 miles east of Cleveland with my family. That gang includes my sister Diane, her three (now grown-up) kids: Judy, Dennis and Keith. Dad (Frank), now 90, suffers from severe dementia, but he still recognizes me when I drop by his nursing home to visit. He can't talk, but he bolts upright in his wheel chair and flashes a holly jolly smile to welcome me from distant New York and Los Angeles. Merry Christmas, dad!

Following a longtime tradition here at Gold Derby, I celebrate the Yuletide by sharing a recording of "White Christmas" I made years ago when my father still had full command of his wind pipes to mimic the sexy warble and pear-shaped tones of his hero, Bing Crosby

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SAG Awards experts: 'Birdman' will win Best Ensemble

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Dec 24 2014 06:06 am
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Among our 11 Oscarologists who have made predictions for the SAG Awards, eight of them are backing the bid by "Birdman" for Best Ensemble at the 21st annual edition of these kudos on Jan. 25. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's sly satire of showbiz, which also reaped individual nominations for leading man Michael Keaton and supporting players Edward Norton and Emma Stone, boasts a cast that also includes Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan and Naomi Watts

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Oscars flashback: J.K. Simmons ('Whiplash') has led Supporting Actor race from outset

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Dec 24 2014 04:28 am
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Ever since we launched our Oscars prediction center in late August, veteran J.K. Simmons has sat atop our chart for Best Supporting Actor for his scene-stealing turn as a manipulative maestro in Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash." Three of the other top five -- all of whom have been nominated in this category before -- have been in contention all along. However, the fifth slot has shifted from a one-time nominee to a past Oscar champ.

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Oscars news: Jack O'Connell on 'Unbroken' break, Emma Stone on 'Birdman' flight of fancy

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In his intro to this interesting interview, Kyle Buchanan writes: "Twenty-four-year-old British actor Jack OConnell has been handed a plum part with 'Unbroken,' and he knows it. In the Angelina Jolie–directed film, O’Connell plays Louis Zamperini, the inspirational real-life figure who survived incredible torment during World War II after his plane crashed at sea, leaving him stranded for weeks on the ocean before he was captured and tortured by Japanese guards until the end of the war. It’s the kind of movie that will introduce the Derby-born O’Connell to a significant worldwide audience, the capstone to years of good work done in vehicles like 'Skins' and 'Starred Up.'" Vulture

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Colleen Atwood on the inner fantasies and costumes of 'Into the Woods' [Exclusive Podcast]

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Dec 23 2014 18:23 pm
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"I try to design costumes that say who they are in some ways, like Rapunzel in bondage, the witch having this inner fantasy of herself,” says costume designer Colleen Atwood in a new podcast with Gold Derby (listen below). "We all have that in us, but we also have a lot of other things. So in trying to connect that with people, they associate with the characters which helps them kind of have fun with the story."

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Oscars Predictions by Top Experts

See the latest Oscar predictions of our famous pundits — Click Here. See the category rankings when their predictions are combined - Click Here. Sample below. Make your early picks now -- click here -- and change them later as the derby heats up.

Odds   View %  
Experts
1 BoyhoodBoyhood
7/2
2 BirdmanBirdman
6/1
3 SelmaSelma
13/2
4 The Imitation GameThe Imitation Game
8/1
5 The Theory of EverythingThe Theory of Everything
10/1
6 WhiplashWhiplash
16/1
7 The Grand Budapest HotelThe Grand Budapest Hotel
16/1
8 Gone GirlGone Girl
20/1
9 UnbrokenUnbroken
20/1
10 FoxcatcherFoxcatcher
20/1
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Oscars 2014: Key Categories

BEST PICTURE:
'Boyhood' fights off strong challenges from 'Birdman' 'The Imitation Game.'
 
BEST DIRECTOR:
Richard Linklater ('Boyhood') widens lead over other rookie contenders. 
 
BEST ACTOR:
Michael Keaton ('Birdman) over Eddie Redmayne ('Theory of Everything').

 
BEST ACTRESS:
Julianne Moore ('Still Alice') now far ahead of Amy Adams ('Big Eyes').
 
BEST S. ACTOR:
Vet J.K. Simmons ('Whiplash') extends lead over Mark Ruffalo, ('Foxcatcher').
 
BEST S. ACTRESS: Patricia Arquette ('Boyhood') far in front for her 12-year commitment to film. 
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