Tony Awards 2018 Nominations: Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) tops all Experts predicting nominees

Congratulations to Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil for a tremendous score of 89.87% when predicting the 2018 Tony Awards nominations on Tuesday. Not only did he defeat a field of 12 Experts but also beat all six Editors and tied for the overall lead among everybody who entered the contest.

Almost 1,000 people worldwide predicted these Broadway nominees in 17 categories. The awards ceremony will be held on June 10 in New York City and will be hosted by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. Our top scorer got all of the nominees in the four main categories correct (except for one), including Best Musical (“The Band’s Visit,” “Frozen,” “Mean Girls” and “SpongeBob SquarePants”) and Best Play (“The Children,” “Farinelli and the King,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Junk”). He had “Meteor Shower” over actual nominee “Latin History for Morons.”

You can see how your score compares to all others in our leaderboard rankings of all contestants, which also includes links to see each participant’s predictions. To see your own scores, go to the User menu in the top right corner of every page of Gold Derby when you’re signed in to the site. Use the drop down menu to go to “View Profile,” then look for the links to your “Award Show Scores.”

After O’Neil, Brian Lipton (Cititour) is next best Expert with 87.34%. We then have a three-way tie at 84.81% between David Gordon (Theatermania), David Sheward ( and Jan Simpson (Broadway and Me). Another three-way tie follows at 82.28% for Andy Humm (Gay USA), Michael Musto (NewNowNext) and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone). The next four slots are held by Matt Windham (amNY) at 81.01%, Jack Smart (Backstage) at 79.75%, Gordon Cox (Variety) at 78.48% and Harry Haun (Observer) at 78.48%. See Experts’ leaderboard.

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Be sure to make your Tony predictions today so that Broadway insiders can see how their shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on June 10. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Tonys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our theater forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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