Julia Louis-Dreyfus thanks Gold Derby in her TCA Award acceptance speech

The crowd at the TCA Awards last night burst into laughter when Julia Louis-Dreyfus said upon accepting the prize for Best Individual Performance in Comedy: “First of all, I’d like to thank Variety and Gold Derby for letting me know that I should come tonight — I appreciate that very much. I got a dress, lickety split!”

Gold Derby broke the news of winners several hours before the event after Variety had accidentally leaked the list, then yanked its article off the web. Before the report vanished, however, our user “SxECanadianFanSxE” grabbed the info and relayed it to me. We published it immediately since the news embargo had technically already been broken.

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The embargo is a bit of a joke since TCA Award winners are informed ahead of time that they won so that they’ll be available to attend the ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. No losing nominees bother to show up. Before winners are officially revealed at the podium, TCA officials read off all nominees in each category, then announce the champ as if real suspense exists, but the ritual is absurd. Everybody at the award show knows who will win based upon the attendees. After the event, the Television Critics Association officially releases the list of winners for mass publication. Earlier, the group asks media organizations to honor an embargo. 

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Gold Derby was not bound by the news embargo because we did not receive the winners’ list in advance from TCA. Furthermore, the embargo had already been broken when we picked up Variety’s report before they yanked it. We might have withheld publication as a courtesy, but let’s recall that a TCA leader recently bashed Gold Derby editors as “morons.” When I contacted TCA president Scott Pierce (Salt Lake Tribune) to discuss the attack by his board member, Pierce showed us no courtesy. He refused to respond.

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