My name is Michael and i'm hispanic (born in Germany but i've lived in Augusta most of my life). I'm American, Dominican by blood. I like to listen to music, like playing video games, LOVE movies (obviously) and just have fun. I'm a real quiet guy but once you get to know me, i'm a pretty cool guy. Favorite Directors: Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky, Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino, Sam Mendes, Steven Soderbergh, The Coen Bros., Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Ford Coppola, Tony Scott, Edward Zwick, Woody Allen, Kathryn Bigelow, Brian De Palma, Clint Eastwood, Gore Verbinski, Michael Mann, The Farrelly Bros., Wes Craven, Peter Weir, Ron Howard, James Cameron, Guy Ritchie, Joe Wright, Matthew Vaughn, Antoine Fuqua, Nicolas Winding Refn & David O. Russell. Favorite Movies (I have too many), i'll give you a few tastes: WALL-E, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, Forrest Gump, District 9, Kick-Ass, Superbad, American Beauty, Magnolia, Inception, Casino, The Departed, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Exorcist, Halloween franchise, Jaws, Drive, The Social Network, Se7en, Fight Club, Nolan's Batman Trilogy, Spider-Man movies, Transformers movies, The Bourne movies, Underworld Franchise, Fast & Furious Franchise, Prometheus, Alien, Aliens, Predator, Moneyball, Sugar, The Sandlot, Scary Movie franchise, Scream franchise, American Pie movies, V For Vendetta, 8 Mile, Chronicle, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, Crimson Tide, Heat, Dumb & Dumber and MORE. Favorite Composers: Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Thomas Newman, Ennio Morricone, Danny Elfman, James Newton Howard, John Powell, Harry Gregson-Williams, Michael Giachinno, Clint Mansell, Steve Jablonsky, Ramin Djawadi & Brian Tyler. Female Actress Crushes: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Elizabeth Banks, Scarlett Johansson, Marisa Tomei, Emma Stone, Anna Friel, Alison Brie, Kate Upton (ok not really an actress but she's been a couple movies already) Angelina Jolie, Olivia Wilde, Freida Pinto, Taraji P. Henson, Gemma Arterton, Eva Mendes, Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz, Meagan Good, Zulay Henao, Charlize Theron, Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Megan Fox, Marion Cotillard, Anna Kendrick, Halle Berry, Margot Robbie & Ali Cobrin. TV: MLB, MLB Network, Jackass, Beavis and Butt-Head, South Park, Homeland, The Newsroom, Parks & Recreation, Boardwalk Empire, Veep, Games of Thrones, New Girl, House of Cards, Community, Spartacus, The Office, SNL, Arrested Development, The Three Stooges, Tom and Jerry, HBO, Showtime, Starz and How To Make It In America. Can't list all my favorite actors, too many so yeah that's all I can give you.
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 25, 2021
Tom O'Neil started the topic Who are the best writers about indie films and docs? in the forum Movies 1 week, 4 days ago
I need to expand my awareness of whazzup in the areas of indie films and docs. Who do you think are the best writers — or just your own personal favorites? And why? What do you really like about them? I realize that your recommendations may be different for indie films and docs — those might be separate, given the writers’ expertise. But I’m…[Read more]
Yesterday Gold Derby presented the first of our own three live-streamed programs that track the three official ceremonies that proclaim the winners of the Creative Arts Emmys. See the program here and the winners’ list here.
Today there will be two more Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremonies to announce winners, so we are regathering our editors…[Read more]
Tom O'Neil started the topic Black Tony Awards winners: From pioneer Juanita Hall to record-breaker Audra McDonald in the forum Theater 3 weeks ago
By Susan King
Audra McDonald is the most lauded Broadway performer winning a whopping six Tony Awards in both musical and dramatic categories. And she may be receiving her seventh for the revival of “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair du Lune” when the 74th annual Tonys take place Sept. 26th at the venerable Winter Garden Theatre.
Despite tha…[Read more]
[EDITORS’ NOTE: Now and then we occasionally plan to feature articles/ videos/ polls from Gold Derby’s editorial pages if we think they can provoke lively discussion or debate here in the forums. Here is a perfect example. Speak up to join the debate! Click here!] (Posted by Editor Tom O’Neil)
By Chris Rosen
There’s less than a week to…[Read more]
Tom O'Neil started the topic NO GUTS, NO GLORY – What do you think wil be the biggest upset on Emmy night? in the forum Television 1 month ago
Only pick ONE choice definitively.
You can mention other possibilities, but you must make a #1 choice!
Tom O'Neil started the topic What's the reason do you think why Netflix hasn't yet won a Best Series Award? in the forum Television 1 month, 1 week ago
Has it been industry jealousy over the company being so successful? For it having the sexy cache in Hollywood as the media outlet where peeps would most like to make a deal? The reason can’t just be because it’s a streaming service instead of an actual cable/broadcast show — look at the early Best series wins by Hulu (Handmaid’s) and Amazon…[Read more]
The 2021 Gold Derby TV Awards are scheduled to premiere on our home page this Wednesday, August 18, at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern. But while this is our 18th annual event honoring the best achievements in television, this year’s prizes will be a first: more than 20 of our 30 winners will be joining us to accept their prizes. Scroll down to refresh…[Read more]
Tom O'Neil started the topic YOUR lists of the best/ worst/ most shocking/ amazing fashions @ Oscars? in the forum Movies 1 month, 1 week ago
I’d like to create a new section of Gold Derby devoted to the most memorable fashions on the Oscars red carpet. I’d like to divide the choices into different categories or classifications … and then maybe create some ranking games out of them that we can all play. Title your lists as creatively as you wish — most jaw-dropping shocking dresses?…[Read more]
Tom O'Neil started the topic What Do You Think is Britney Spears' BEST song EVER? in the forum Music 3 months ago
Since Britney Spears is back in the news again, I, being the editor and founder of Gold Derby, took it (albeit selfishly) upon myself the cruel task of narrowing down Britney’s best songs to just 10. But I did it, even though I (shamefully) had to leave out “Lucky,” “Circus,” “Womanizer” and other terrif tunes off the list.
What song do you…[Read more]
Tom O'Neil started the topic Who wants to chat with cast members of 'Pose' and "Star Trek: Discovery"? in the forum Television 5 months, 1 week ago
We might be lining up webcam chats with some of the stars and producers etc. of “Pose” and “Star Trek: Discovery.” If we get the details worked out, we’re considering adding a few of YOU folks if you REALLY know either of these TV shows.
Speak up and say you’d like to be involved — and why we should pick YOU!
Tom O'Neil started the topic What were the the best, funniest, most memorable Oscar acceptance speeches ever? in the forum Movies 5 months, 1 week ago
Let’s create Gold Derby’s Top 10 list of best Oscar acceptance speeches ever. Let’s suggest some goodies and then do a poll. But, first, let’s start with the goodies — like Dustin Hoffman thanking his parents for not taking birth control.
What have been YOUR top faves?
All I know is that these forums carry so much weight that really slow down our servers or even shut them down at peak traffic times. That will mean hell for our Oscar posters, so we need to do some pruning. The cut-off is some time during April 21. Then all posts older than a year will have to be offed. We plan to keep a storage backup, of course,…[Read more]
If there are any of your old forum posts you wish to save, you have up until April 21 to do so, then we must trim the massive size of these ever-exploding forums before the next Oscars weekend because our massive size will continue to cause crashes and connection issues. We’re trying to address this issue in other ways behind the scenes, too, but…[Read more]
Tom O'Neil started the topic Apply now to earn $200 to join a focus group about Starz series 'P-Valley' in the forum Television 6 months, 1 week ago
Do YOU wish to participate in Gold Derby’s new focus groups that will pay each participant $200 to watch around two hours of programming, then meet up with me and about 7 to 10 other Derbyites in a Zoom chat during which you agree to share your brutally honest opinions during an hour or so of private discussion?
First up: Starz’ “P-Valley.” Early…[Read more]
Tom O'Neil started the topic Who wants to join me on a 'Lion in Winter' Gold Derby Tour together? in the forum Movies 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Katharine Hepburn gives the greatest performance in the greatest movie ever made – at least that’s my huffy opinion and I’m allowed to mouth off like that as the founder, editor and president of this website. (I’m also the author of Variety’s books on the Movie Awards, Grammys and Emmys, by the way). But now that I brought up that point, it just r…[Read more]
Tom O'Neil started the topic Which Oscar-winning role do you really, really HATE … and why? in the forum Movies 6 months, 2 weeks ago
Personally, it really, really ticks me off that Goldie Hawn has an Oscar while Peter O’Toole and Richard Burton went to their graves as Oscar’s biggest losers.
Oh, cruel Hollywood!
Tom O'Neil started the topic What's the WORST Oscar-winning movie you've ever seen? in the forum Movies 7 months, 1 week ago
Who’s got the guts to go first?
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