Contest winners: Best predictions for Oscars, Emmys, ‘The Voice,’ ‘Survivor,’ ‘Amazing Race’ and more

Meet our smartest users who won prizes for top prediction scores

Winners achieve the highest percentage of accuracy when predicting an event. In cast of ties, the prize goes to contestant who has top accuracy plus the most game points. Only residents of the U.S. over the age of 18 are eligible. Read more about our Contest Rules. See our leaderboards for awards (also here) and reality TV.

 

OSCARS

 

2014 OSCARS
Prize: $1,000
Leaderboard

BEST SCORE: Jeremy Parilla (screen name "Jeremy"), age 28, is a copyeditor/proofreader for Metro Manila in the Philippines. He tied Senior Editor Daniel Montgomery for highest rate of accuracy: 96%. However, neither are eligible for the grand prize because Jeremy is not a U.S. citizen and Daniel works for Gold Derby.
See Jeremy's predictions

ARTICLE: Our 3 best Oscar predictors reveal their secrets

CONTEST WINNER: Oliver Davidson scored an impressive 92% accuracy and 3,038 points. Technically, he came in sixth place on our Oscars leaderboard, but he's the highest-ranked Derbyite to qualify for the $1,000 prize.
See Oliver's predictions

VIDEO: How did Oliver Davidson kick YOUR ass to win $1,000 in our Oscars contest? (Video)

 

 

 

2014 OSCARS NOMINATIONS
Prize: $1,000
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Matthew Dittes (Cinemateo21) scored an impressive 79% accuracy and netted 32,581 points.
See Matthew's predictions

ARTICLE: Matthew Dittes wins $1,000 predicting Oscars nominations — How'd he do it?

VIDEO: Meet the guy who kicked your ass predicting Oscar nominations

 

 

 

2013 OSCARS
Prize: $1,000
Leaderboard

BEST SCORE: Jorden (Jorden Samchok) tied 22 Users for highest accuracy (96%). He had the most game points (7,791), but was not eligible to win our contest prize because he's Canadian.
See Jorden's predictions

CONTEST WINNER: Kyle Bailey won prize for reaping 96% plus second-most game points (4,140).
See KyleBailey's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Meet our Oscars predictions contest champs: Jorden and Kyle

 

 

 

2013 OSCARS NOMINATIONS
Prize: $1,000
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Tim Kressman (gufa54) scored an impressive 78% accuracy and netted 29,296.83 points.
See Tim's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Contest winners: They kicked your ass predicting Oscar noms and Golden Globes

 

 

 

EMMYS

 

2015 EMMYS NOMINATIONS
Prize(s): $500 for win, $300 for place, $200 for show
Leaderboard

CONTEST LEADERS: Zaimary Marsh (GOZackielMarsh) won our first place $500 prize with overall 75% accurace; Umur Cagin Tas came in second place (though he is ineliglbe as he lives in Turkey) with 75% accuracy and 27,591 points; Josh Sisskind (Jscott) won our third place $200 prize with 75% accuracy and 23,340 points.
See Zaimary's predictions
See Umur's predictions
See Josh's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Coming soon.

 

 

 

2014 EMMYS
Prize: $1,000
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Jonathan Sydel (JonJon893) tied two other users with 66% accuracy, however his point total was higher (8,144).
See Jonathan's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Meet the guy who kicked your ass predicting Emmys

 

 

 

2014 EMMYS NOMINATIONS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Andrew Pierce (PierceUNC) beat all others with 80% prediction accuracy.
See Andrew's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: See how you did predicting the Emmy Awards nominations

 

 

 

GOLDEN GLOBES

 

2014 GOLDEN GLOBES (FILM)
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: CaptFresh accurately predicted 79% of the Globe film awards.
See CaptFresh's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: See how you did predicting Golden Globe film winners

 

 

 

2014 GOLDEN GLOBES (FILM) NOMINATIONS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Michael Swan (mswan) accurately predicted 89% of the Globe film nominations, earning 25,213 points.
See Michael's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our Golden Globes Film contest champ talks Angelina Jolie snub, Meryl Streep upset

 

 

 

2014 GOLDEN GLOBES (TV)
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Ryan Lapierre accurately predicted 73% of the Globe TV awards.
See Ryan's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our Golden Globes TV contest champ on predicting wins for 'Transparent,' 'The Affair,' …

 

 

 

2014 GOLDEN GLOBES (TV) NOMINATIONS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Abe Fried-Tanzer (movieswithabe)
accurately predicted 73% of the Globe TV nominations.
See Abe's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our Golden Globes TV contest champ predicts wins for 'House of Cards,' 'Transparent'

 

 

 

2013 GOLDEN GLOBES (FILM)
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Mario Gomez tied two other users with 86% accuracy, but he reaped more points (2,693) based on his use of the special 200 and 500 point bets.
See Mario's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Contest winners: They kicked your ass predicting Oscar noms and Golden Globes

 

 

 

2013 GOLDEN GLOBES (FILM) NOMINATIONS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Jonathan Caso accurately predicted 86% of the Globe film nominations, earning 1,600 points in the process.
See Jonathan's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Meet the guys who had our best scores predicting Golden Globe and Critics' Choice nominations (video)

 

 

 

SAG AWARDS

 

2014 SAG AWARDS (FILM)
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Andrea Geisendorf outscored all other users by reaping 100% accuracy and 3,113 points.
See Andrea's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: See how you did predicting the SAG Awards film winners

 

 

 

2014 SAG AWARDS (FILM) NOMINATIONS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Alex (A_Steve_Man) outscored all other users by reaping 88% accuracy.
See Alex's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our SAG Film contest winner predicts 'Birdman' for Best Ensemble, wary of 'Boyhood'

 

 

 

2014 SAG AWARDS (TV)
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: bondzzz outscored all other users by reaping 88% accuracy and 10,356 points. However, he resides outside the USA and is not eligible to claim the prize.
See bondzz's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: See how you did predicting the SAG Awards TV winners

 

 

 

2014 SAG AWARDS (TV) NOMINATIONS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Umur Tas outscored all other users by reaping 76% accuracy and 24,292 points.
See Umur's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our SAG TV noms contest winner warns of 'farewell kiss' for 'Boardwalk Empire'

 

 

 

2013 SAG AWARDS (FILM) NOMINATIONS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Outsider outscored all other users by reaping 92% accuracy.
See Outsider's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: See how you did predicting SAG Awards film nominations

 

 

 

CRITICS' CHOICE AWARDS

 

2014 CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Gary Garla beat all other users with 95% accuracy and 6,680 points.
See Gary's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: See how you did predicting the Critics' Choice Award winners

 

 

 

2014 CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Amber Knieriem (Hummingbird Amber) beat all other users with 88% accuracy.
See Amber's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our Critics Choice noms contest winner dishes 'Foxcatcher' snub, predicts 'Boyhood'

 

 

 

2013 CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Joel Melendez was one of four users with incredible 100% accuracy, but he had the highest points (2,368) thanks to netting the best odds.
See Joel's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: See how you did predicting the 2013 Critics Choice Awards winners

 

 

 

2013 CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Bryce Hartvigsen tied one other user with 85% accuracy, but his point total was higher (51,462.92).
See Bryce's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Meet the guys who had our best scores predicting Golden Globe and Critics' Choice nominations (video)

 

 

 

2014 CRITICS CHOICE TV AWARDS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Jacob Dornan tied three other user with 83% accuracy, but his point total was higher (3128.78).
See Jacob's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: See how you did predicting 2014 Critics' Choice TV Awards

 

 

 

BAFTAS

 

2014 BAFTA AWARDS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Chris Herlihy (Bird) scored an impressive 91% accuracy and netted 3,450 points.
See Chris' predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our BAFTA Awards contest winner predicts Best Picture/Director split at Oscars

 

 

 

GUILD AWARDS

 

2014 DGA AWARDS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Darren Gordon (dazzagordi) scored with 60% accuracy and netted 14,700 points.
See Darren's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: See how you did predicting the Directors Guild Awards winners

 

 

 

2014 PGA AWARDS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Michael Patison (jmpatison) scored an impressive 89% accuracy and netted 12,755 points.
See Michael's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our PGA Awards predictions champ reveals why 'Birdman' won

 

 

 

TONYS

 

2015 TONY NOMINATIONS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

TOP SCORER: Nicholas Dewsbury, a UK native, scored 95% accuracy and 14,386 points, beating all others except for our Tonys Expert Melissa Bernardo.
See Nicholas' predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our Tony nominations contest leader gives prediction tips, roots for 'Curious Incident'

 

 

 

2014 TONY AWARDS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Dillon Rosenblatt beat all others with 89% prediction accuracy.
See Dillon's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Meet our Tony predictions contest winner: Dillon Rosenblatt

 

 

 

GRAMMYS / MUSIC AWARDS

 

2014 GRAMMYS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Roosevelt Stacy (RSHouston) beat all others with 71% prediction accuracy and 8,194 points.
See Roosevelt's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our Grammys contest winner explains how Beck pulled off Album of the Year upset

 

 

 

2014 GRAMMYS NOMINATIONS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Jalal Haddad (jhaddad) beat all others with 75% prediction accuracy.
See Jalal's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our Grammys contest winner praises Miley Cyrus' nom, boos Lana Del Rey's snub

 

 

 

2015 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Denton Davidson is the only user to reap perfect 100% accuracy.
See Denton's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our Billboard Music Awards contest winner spills secrets on how he got perfect 100%

 

 

 

2015 ACM AWARDS
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Paul Rankin (screen name Gatorfan) tops our leaderboard with 72.75% prediction accuracy and a 9,086 point score.
See Paul's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our ACMs contest leader spills juicy secrets on how to predict music awards

 

 

 

TV SHOWS

 

'The Amazing Race' Season 24
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Logan beat all others with 23,420 points.
See Logan's profile

 

 

 

'The Amazing Race' Season 25
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Adam Rock beat all others with 63.89% accuracy and 12,899 points.
See Adam's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our 'Amazing Race' contest champ reveals how Amy & Maya won Season 25

 

 

 

'The Amazing Race' Season 26
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Jason Nolette answered every question this season and came out victorious with 57% prediction accuracy and a 33,765 point score.
See Jason's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our 'Amazing Race' contest champ spills prediction secrets for 'superb' blind date season

 

 

 

'America's Got Talent' Season 9
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Marcus James Dixon beat all others with 8,725 points.
See Marcus' profile

 

 

 

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Season 4
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: D. Max Rosenberg beat all others with 72% accuracy and 12,610 points.
See Max's profile

 

 

 

'American Idol' Season 13
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: TIE: David N. Marinelli and Phyllis Corley beat all others with 10,200 points each.
See David's profile
See Phyllis' profile

 

 

 

'American Idol' Season 14
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Denton Davidson answered every question this season and came out victorious with 63% prediction accuracy. He actually tied with another user, JB, for the best accuracy, though Denton broke the tie by having a higher point total (10,744) thanks to locking in the best odds at the right time and using his 500 and 200 point bets wisely.
See Denton's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our 'American Idol' contest winner reveals why he ditched Clark Beckham for Nick Fradiani

 

 

 

'The Bachelorette' Season 10
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Denton Davidson beat all others with 39,124 points.
See Denton's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our contest champ reveals how to predict 'So You Think You Can Dance' and …

 

 

 

'Big Brother' Season 16
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Denton Davidson beat all others with 123,215 points.
See Denton's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our 'Big Brother' Season 16 contest champ speaks out: 'Deserving winner, boring season'

 

 

 

'Big Brother' Season 17
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Frederic Lam beat all others with 90% accuracy and 224,634 points.
See Frederic's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: 'Big Brother' season finale: Frontrunner Vanessa Rousso robbed at finish line by Steve Moses

 

 

'Celebrity Apprentice' Season 7
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Denton Davidson beat all others with 84% accuracy and 15,933 points.
See Denton's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our 'Celebrity Apprentice' contest champ reveals how Leeza Gibbons beat Geraldo Rivera

 

 

 

'Dancing with the Stars' Season 18
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Kevin Jacobson (Taloson) beat all others with 35,299 points.
See Taloson's profile

 

 

 

'Dancing with the Stars' Season 19
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Vincent Mandile beat all others with 61.91% accuracy and 23,347 points.
See Vincent's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: 'Dancing with the Stars' contest champ reveals how he knew Alfonso Ribeiro would win

 

 

 

'Dancing with the Stars' Season 20
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

TOP SCORER: Radzie answered every question this season and tops our overall Season 20 leaderboard with 59% prediction accuracy. However, this user is not eligible to claim our prize.
See Radzie's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Rumer Willis wins 'Dancing with the Stars' as Gold Derby perfectly predicts finals

 

 

 

'Hell's Kitchen' Season 12
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Marcus James Dixon beat all others with 45,401 points.
See Marcus' profile

 

 

 

'Hell's Kitchen' Season 13
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Marcus James Dixon (46.15%) and Ryan Lapierre (43.59%) beat all others.
See Marcus' profile
See Ryan's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our 'Hell's Kitchen' contest champ reveals how La Tasha Mccutchen won Season 13

 

 

 

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 6
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: TheTomy beat all others with 14,165 points.
See TheTomy's profile

 

 

 

'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 11
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Denton Davidson beat all others with 15,082 points.
See Denton's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our contest champ reveals how to predict 'So You Think You Can Dance' and …

 

 

 

'Survivor: Cagayan' Season 28
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Marcus James Dixon beat all others with 37,583 points.
See Marcus' profile

 

 

 

'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' Season 29
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Jason Nolette beat all others with 65.77% accuracy and 26,582 points.
See Jason's profile

 

 

 

'Survivor: Worlds Apart' Season 30
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER:  John Benutty actually ties with another user, Smartdude, for the best overall season accuracy at 69%, though Benutty broke the tie by having a higher point total (147,400) thanks to locking in the best odds at the right time and using his 500 and 200 point bets wisely.
See Benutty's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our 'Survivor: Worlds Apart' contest champ says CBS spoiled part of the finale

 

 

 

'Project Runway' Season 13
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Ryan Lapierre beat all others with 42.31% accuracy and 20,410 points.
See Ryan's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: 'Project Runway' contest winner Ryan Lapierre sounds off: Sean Kelly had 'worst collection'

 

 

 

'Top Chef' Season 12
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Matthew Ward beat all others with 31% accuracy and 3,835 points.
See Matthew's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Our 'Top Chef' contest champ says Mei Lin was 'obvious' winner over Gregory Gourdet

 

 

 

'The Voice' Season 6
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Brian Clores (bclores) beat all others with 16,808 points.
See Brian's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: 'The Voice' predictions: Will Pharrell Williams crush Adam Levine, Blake Shelton?

 

 

 

'The Voice' Season 7
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Denton Davidson beat all others with 79.17% accuracy and 14,797 points.
See Denton's profile

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: How did our 'The Voice' predictions champ secretly know Craig Wayne Boyd and Blake Shelton would win?

 

 

 

'The Voice' Season 8
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Denton Davidson led the contest throughout the season and contributed advice and tips in several Gold Derby articles during that time. He got 17 out of this year's 21 categories correct and finishes with an 81% accuracy rate. He also earned an impressive 36,328 points over the course of this eighth season by using his 500 and 200 points wisely.
See Denton's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Sawyer Fredericks wins 'The Voice' championship for coach Pharrell Williams

 

 

 

'The Walking Dead' Season 5
Prize: $100
Leaderboard

CONTEST WINNER: Sam Eckmann wins our contest by reaping 81.96% prediction accurary and a 47,307 point score.
See Sam's predictions

ARTICLE, INTERVIEW, VIDEO: Here's how to predict 'The Walking Dead's' shocking deaths