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    Tom O'Neil
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    Oh, the thrilling ride we’ve had since I launched Gold Derby out of a crude cyber-gate back in 2000! We began just as a primitive internet chat room, then a message board, then I recruited a team of top Oscar experts (Jack Mathews, Thelma Adams, Gene Seymour, Dave Karger, Anne Thompson, Dave Germain, Joel Siegel, Pete Hammond) to predict the Oscars that year of “Gladiator,” “Traffic,” “Erin Brockovich” … How many of our current Derbyites were there at the start of our creation story? What memories do you have? What should we do this year to celebrate our growing success (and, hell, even our survival)?

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    I remember first coming across this site back in the fall of 2001 when I was looking for analysis of that year’s Emmy Awards. I kept seeing Gold Derby in the Yahoo! search results, so I checked it out. The coverage was nowhere near what is now but I always found myself returning to the site to see which cartoon horses (literally) were ahead for the Grammys, Oscars and the rest. As the coverage and my love of showbiz awards continued to grow, I found myself returning to the site more and more until it was pretty much a daily habit of mine. I became ADDICTED to the slugfests that Tom would have with Chris and some cute Australian guy named Rob. I even remember little things like when Tom posted a video the night before the Oscar nominations were announced in January of 2009. It looked like he was in his bed and sleepless over what would take the fifth spot in that year’s Best Picture race, which matched my mood exactly.

    Obviously things changed greatly for me in 2012 when I got the chance to become a contributor for the site. Now Gold Derby has taken on a completely different level in my life as it’s given me amazing opportunities, wonderful friends and a chance to put my voice out there. I love this community deeply and still find it incredibly surreal that I get to play a part in it.

    How should Gold Derby celebrate its success? I say keep growing until it runs this town! But then again, maybe it already does. Either way, everyone who has helped make this site what it is should celebrate by knocking back a few drinks, be it a cheap American lager or the finest scotch-whiskey, and just appreciate this amazing community that’s come together over the past two decades.

    As for the drinks, the next one’s on me Tom!

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    dannyjude
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    It’s a great site, Tom! Congrats on the success of Gold Derby and all the time, effort and expertise you put into it! I especially love the prediction games.

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    I first heard of Gold Derby when TVGuide.com credited it with uncovering the top 12 actresses still in the running for Best Drama Actress . My precious Mary McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica”) was on the list and I had to learn more! But the first time I heard of Tom O’Neil was watching “ET” the year of Calista Flockhart vs. Helen Hunt vs. Patricia Heaton. He was at a blue ribbon Emmy panel where everyone was watching the tapes for Best Comedy Actress and giving their thoughts on who would win.

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    This is a great site with a wonderful community of film lovers. I started using Gold Derby in the year of Moonlight vs La La Land. What a year to become a Derbyite with one of the biggest Best Picture upsets in Oscars history. Just like Charles said above, I’ve been addicted ever since. Here’s to many more slugfests.

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    I think a cute gift to all would be making a video with experts, editors and users sending a happy message celebrating the 20 years of Goldderby. Everyone could send their videos if they want to and it would help us get to know more of the faces that are around here.

    I am very grateful for this forum, every year i learn something about how my favorite award shows work and it has even helped me win Oscar contests (just yesterday i received two boxes full of chocolates for getting third place in an Oscar prediction contest here in Venezuela).

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    I actually had Tom O’Neil’s Grammy, Emmy and Oscar books before I discovered Gold Derby in 2004. There was a lot of bickering about Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

    2004 SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

    Cynthia Nixon Sex and the City – WINNER
    Kim Cattrall Sex and the City
    Kristin Davis Sex and the City
    Megan Mullally Will & Grace
    Doris Roberts Everybody Loves Raymond

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