Samchok technically came out on top with the best total point score (7,791) thanks to smart strategic playing of his 500 point bet -- he placed it on "Mr. Hublot" to pull off an upset in the race for Best Animated Short at 14-to-1 odds and, of course, he turned out to be right. (See his predix here.) However, since Samchok, 23, lives in Canada (he's a student at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, focusing on political studies), he's not eligible to receive our contest's cash prize of $1,000. (See contest rules.)
Therefore, that prize went to our second-place contestant -- Bailey, who scored 4,140 points, which is miraculous considering he didn't bother to play any of our contest's Super Bets. ("I didn't understand how to do those," he confesses.) The only category he got wrong was that tricky race for animated shorts -- he, like most pundits, bet on "Get a Horse" -- but otherwise, he nailed all top races. See his predix here.
Bailey, 19, is a student at Full Sail College in Florida where he's studying film, music and gaming with the hope of becoming a film director someday. Presumably, an Oscar-winning one.
The only category Samchok got wrong was Best Documentary Feature. He bet on "The Act of Killing" instead of "20 Feet from Stardom."
BELOW: Our wecam chat, which, beware, is a bit choppy and awkward here and there due to a weak wifi connection in a food court at Queen's University.
Congrats to Samchok, Bailey and all other top players in our Oscar predictions contest.
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Taran Killam is howlingly funny as he lampoons the lone wolf. Besides poking fun at McConaughey's head-scratching Oscar acceptance speech, he skewers his turn in HBO's "True Detective" and concludes his sly spoof with a shout-out to the actor's chest thumping scene in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Watch this savage satire below, and then cast your ballot in the Emmys race for Comedy Supporting Actor, a category in which Killam could contend for the first time, by using our easy drag-and-drop menu.
"Don has a wife, a house in the suburbs, some kids and lots of mistresses," begins the AMC narrator who does a bang-up job of squeezing six years of "Mad Men" into only two minutes. (Watch the video recap below.)
The seventh and final season of this Emmy favorite will premiere April 13 on AMC. The first seven episodes air this spring, with the remaining seven delayed till next year. AMC hopes to replicate the success it enjoyed with "Breaking Bad," which aired its final season over two Emmy eligibility periods, racking up (presumably) twice as many nominations than it would have received otherwise -- not to mention record viewership thanks to the build-up of anticipation.
Shockinly, despite winning Best Drama Series four years in a row (2008-2011), "Mad Men" has never won an Emmy for acting. Could the show's final split season change all that?
"I don't care. We're doing this!" Hank Rieger harrumphed back in 1989 when many TV academy leaders refused to cooperate with me while I wrote the first -- and to this day only -- book on the Emmy Awards. They were terrified of what I might write, didn't want to let me snoop through the archives.
Hank was no longer ATAS president. Technically, he didn't have the power to overrule them, but he did so anyway because, hell, he was really still the academy's de facto leader. Everybody deferred to his judgment because he had once rescued the academy after it split into two national academies – one in New York, one in L.A. -- guided the L.A. half to survival and stuck around for years to help it redefine itself as cable TV and the Internet threatened the old broadcast establishment.
Hank had once been a print journalist like me, so he knew how important it was to run an open house, tell the whole story – good and bad – so he threw open the academy's doors to me and said, "Go at it, kid. No restrictions."
The academy had much to hide, frankly.
Do any of this season's "Survivor" contestants make you want to reach through the TV and give 'em a hard slap?
If you could vote out any of the remaining 15 castaways for personal reasons -- throwing strategy out the window -- who would it be?
We're only two episodes in, and "Survivor: Cagayan" already has its fair share of villains and annoying castaways you wouldn't want to be caught dead with on a deserted island, including lying cop Tony Vlachos and rude hairstylist Lindsey Ogle from the Brawn Tribe, spoiled NFL cheerleader Morgan McLeod from the Beauty Tribe and rice-throwing nuclear engineer J'Tia Taylor from the Brains Tribe.
Now that you have predicted the expected nominations for the 2014 Emmys, it is time to vote for the contenders you WANT to see reap bids.
Using this year's Emmy contenders as a starting point, tell us who are the dream people you would like to see nominated in the key categories.
We will reveal your dream rosters on July 9, the day before the Emmy nominations are announced.
"Days of Our Lives" pulled off a shocking upset in 2013, winning Best Drama Series for the first time in 35 years. Can it win consecutive prizes for the first time in its history?
That's not the only drama brewing in this year's race. Cancelled by the ABC network in 2011, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" are back to compete for their 2013 online revivals. If either is nominated for Best Drama Series, it will become the first online program ever nominated in that category, breaking new ground in daytime the way "House of Cards" broke ground at last year's Primetime Emmys.
Winners of the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be revealed during the April 6 ceremony from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas which will air on CBS at 8pm ET/PT.
Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw lead with a lucky seven bids apiece. However, only Lambert was nominated for the top prize -- Entertainer of the Year. Make your prediction as to whether she will win this race at the bottom of this post.
RELATED: Complete list of ACM nominations
Lambert also picked up her eighth straight bid for Female Vocalist of the Year. “Mama’s Broken Heart” earned her nods for Single, Song and Video of the Year. And she contends twice for Vocal Event of the Year: “We Were Us” with Keith Urban and “Boys ‘Round Here” as part of the Pistol Annies. She is the reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year.
Uh, oh: Two teams are tied to be eliminated in this week's third leg of "The Amazing Race" according to predictions made so far at Gold Derby.
Last week, you had them in second and third behind eventual ejectees Mark and Mallory. And yes, Joey and Meghan made it to the mat just before the last place finishers. Although Jennifer and Caroline came third, that was only because Cord and Jet took pity and gave them the Express Pass.
There's still time before "The Amazing Race" airs for you to make your predictions here and wager points against the current odds. Forecast winners week to week and at season's end and win prizes that include your own webcam chat with host Phil Keoghan plus $100 Amazon gift certificate. Read contest rules here.
Below, in their own words, the strategic changes made by each of these four that you have as also-rans in this Race:
These are the guys you need to beat to win our prizes for best 'Survivor' and 'Amazing Race' predictions
Now you can predict these events at Gold Derby: ACM & MTV Movie Awards, Emmy & Daytime Emmy nominations, "Survivor," "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars."
Below: Leaderboards of our current weekly champs. There is still time for YOU to pull ahead of these folks before end of TV season. Make your predix now.