Oscar voting is underway, but we think our users at Gold Derby are just as savvy as the academy when it comes to the best achievements in film. So you can still vote for the 2018 Gold Derby Film Awards right here, but get those ballots in as soon as you can. Voting closes on Sunday, February 25, at 11:59pm Pacific Time. We’ve already had more than 1,500 users weigh in as of this writing. If you’re one of them but want to make a change, no problem — you can edit your ballot as often as you like; none of your picks are final until the moment voting closes.
To vote, visit our predictions center. Then scroll down to “Gold Derby Film Awards 2018” and click the green box to the right that says “VOTE” to enter your picks in as many or as few categories as you wish. This is a plurality vote, so select your top choice ONLY in each category. The top vote-getters in each race will be the final winners.
These are our 16th annual awards. It all started with the musical “Chicago” (2002), the first ever Gold Derby winner for Best Picture. “Chicago” also won the top Oscar, and our users agreed with the motion picture academy again the following year when both groups crowned “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003). But our voters have struck out on their own over the years to give top honors to “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004), “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “WALL-E” (2008), “The Social Network” (2010), “Boyhood” (2014), “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) and “La La Land” (2016).
So what film will join our auspicious list of Best Picture champs this year? “The Shape of Water” leads these kudos with 14 nominations, followed closely by “Call Me by Your Name” with 11, “Blade Runner 2049” with 9 and “Dunkirk” with 8. Check out the complete list of Gold Derby Award nominees here, and sound off on your favorite (and least favorite) nominees here in our forums.