BREAKING NEWS: I’m thrilled to announce that we just hired Susan Wloszczyna as a new senior editor at Gold Derby. What an impressive catch for us! Susan is one of Hollywood’s most esteemed (and beloved) Oscarologists, of course, having so smartly covered the Oscars beat for USA Today for eons (or was it just decades, Susan?). She’s also a longtime Expert at Gold Derby and a good friend to me and our executive editor Paul Sheehan. Over the years while covering the Toronto Film Festival, the three of us have had lots of fun swapping tattle and strong personal opinions about the “Oscar films” being previewed to the industry. Often we’d bump into each other while zigzagging around town to screenings. “Have you seen ‘Capote’ yet?” Susan would gasp. “Standing ovations!” Then we’d lose each other in a crowd, only to catch up later that night at Sony Pictures Classics’ swank bash. While sipping a pale wine, she’d add, “Philip Seymour Hoffman has the Oscar in the bag – unless, of course, George Clooney goes lead for ‘Syriana.’ Then we might have a fight!” Keep in mind, we’d have these kinds of chats months before these movies were shown in Hollywood and beyond. THAT’s how well Susan knows her Oscars!
Welcome aboard Gold Derby full time, Susan! All of us editors can’t wait to have many, many more fun Oscar chats with you!
SUSAN’S RESPONSE: “Thanks, Tom! Can’t wait to dish the gold and more.”
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