Tom O'Neil is Gold Derby's Editor, President and Founder. He's the author of "Movie Awards," "The Emmys" and "The Grammys" (Penguin Books) and has written for the Los Angeles Times (on staff from 2005 to 2011), Variety, New York Times, TV Guide and other top media. In 2000, he launched Gold Derby after recruiting a team of other Experts to predict the matchup between "Gladiator" and "Traffic" at the Oscars and Golden Globes, then added predictions for Grammys, Tony Awards and more. In 2011, Gold Derby was relaunched so Users could make their own predictions – for both awards and reality TV shows, too -- and it was acquired by Penske Media Corp. in 2015.
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April 20, 2019 at 2:37 pm #1202860198
NATAS is setting up a password-protected portal for journalists to view the Emmys, and we’ll have access to that early this week and we will keep you posted on what we see there. Meantime, NATAS says they can’t post the eppys on line for everyone to see because they don’t have permissions to post all the reels, so they don’t want to post just a few. Here is the official response on the matter:
Unfortunately, while we understand the fan excitement this experiment generated the last few years, we will not be releasing raw submission materials to the public. After the events you cite from last year, we took a close look at how to maintain fairness in all parts of our process. We determined that making some entrants’ raw submissions available for additional scrutiny by other competitors (as a public release would), while not doing so for all entrants, creates an unfair imbalance.
In these final weeks preparing for the show, we simply do not have the production resources — nor, in many cases, the rights holders’ permission — to prepare and distribute these raw material for every category. As such, we are adopting the approach that nearly every other awards competition in our space employs.
Feel free to tell actors with concerns to reach out to me publicly, and to note that there is nothing in our rules that prevent shows or actors from sharing themselves the materials they prepared and submitted for the judges’ consideration.
President & CEO
The National Academy of Television Arts & SciencesApril 14, 2019 at 1:02 pm #1202852648
Graff988 — This is your last warning. If you create more accounts, I will have you completely banned from this site.
M: The Original — If we catch you again blasting our users as “Cunt” and “Cocksucker,” you will also be banned. Knock it off!March 21, 2019 at 8:30 am #1202824365
Yes, the right movie won.March 20, 2019 at 7:13 am #1202822958
We’re paying attention to your suggestions and making fixes — thanx so much and pls keep the input coming! Our tech team is busy working on the app/ mobile upgrade, but they can take time here and there to fix pressing issues that you guys raise. The app/ mobile upgrade is a massive task that will take about 4 to 6 months — we’re not sure. It’s a bit overwhelming, but we’re on the case! YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE IT!February 17, 2019 at 2:38 pm #1202779493
We’re investigating! Thanks!February 17, 2019 at 12:10 pm #1202779316
GREAT feedback, y’all! Txxxxxx. We’re certainly going to take most of your recommendations. (Except the “Dislike” button, of course — yes, that was hellzapoppin back when we tried that the last time.) Our engineers Vikas & DJ are tackling these improvements right now.
Yes, I’m starting to toss out our stinking trash — banning some of our most awful users. Who else should I boot out next? What Username is Gucci using these days?
JaredM — I flagged your last user account as spam. That’s why you have trouble logging in. I didn’t go as far as to ban you totally, but will do so pronto if again I catch you flaming other Derbyites with the “c” and “f” and other inappropriate words.
In reference to a Gold Derby App. Yes, it’s in the works. AND IT’S UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING. You’ll all dance a derby jig when you get your grimy thumbs on it. A few more months away. Worth the wait!February 2, 2019 at 12:49 pm #1202759175
What wonderful insights and reminders you give us here. Thanks so much. I didn’t know that there’s no longer a popular vote at any stage of BAFTA TV voting. Fascinating!January 21, 2019 at 2:54 pm #1202742310
The Razzies have asked us to participate officially in voting this year. Winner of the Redeemer Award will be held in our own prediction center. There will be a separate voting event just for that one category and Derbyites will determine the result. Ain’t that GRAND?????December 17, 2018 at 7:47 am #1202703446
Just look at the HUNDREDS of celebrities who do in-depth video chats with Gold Derby every year. Obviously, they’re not only comfortable and familiar with GD, but they enjoy sitting down and dishing with us in chummy way.
Right now we’re compiling a clip reel of some of the great moments from our videos when the stars talk about Gold Derby. I’ll share it with you when it’s done — it’s a lot of fun. We’re producing this for a big industry event GD will be part of in mid-January. It will be done by then.December 16, 2018 at 6:52 pm #1202703011
What other celebs come to Gold Derby, you ask? They all do, of course, and many of them obsessively. Most of them can quote their latest racetrack odds to me when I run into them along the way at all of the Oscar & Emmy FYC bashes around Hollywood. Tina Fey was once so obsessed about negative comments she read in these forums, remember, she bashed the posters by names during her Globes acceptance speech. Haaa! Back in the days of “West Wing,” Aaron Sorkin once shut down production for a whole day because he was so bummed out by some nasty things you guys were saying about him back here. Matt Weiner, Ray Romano, Hugh Laurie, etc., are among the many, many famous folks who’ve told me how addicted they are to reading these forums.
Yes, producer Don Mischer told me that the Emmys are among the big award shows that have determined their ceremony seating chart based upon our GD odds!
This year we’re getting constant feedback from everybody all the time. The other day Rob Marshall confessed to Chris Beachum what he thought about my Best Picture predictions (I was a bit late adding ‘Poppins 2’ to my list — Sorry, Rob!) … Chris has a very funny story to tell about running in to Amy Adams at an event the year of “Arrival” and her complaining to him about how he’d moved her down one notch in his predictions the night before.
Usually, we hear these stories about people’s obsession with Gold Derby from their amused colleagues — like Ronson tattling to us about Gaga. Or the songwriters of “La La Land” blabbing to us the year of its near miss at BP: “OMG, Damien Chazelle goes to Gold Derby 50 times per day. It’s crazy!” Message to Damien: Ah, well, at least we were right about YOU winning Best Director! Sorry about your diminished odds this year …December 7, 2018 at 8:20 am #1202693090
Is anyone else not able to look at their past predictions in the center? I can see where I rank but I am not able to see my predictions, only the top user’s predictions.
I don’t understand what you mean. Please explain further. There are many ways for you to view your past predictions and accuracy scores and your rank in leaderboards using your User’s menu — in the “Past Predictions” area, “Profile” are best sources.October 23, 2018 at 10:38 am #1202659908
We added a lot more precise odds in order to diversify the lists. With the fewer rounded odds we had too many odds ties even though some contenders were actually separated by a few percentage pointsOctober 18, 2018 at 10:56 pm #1202656630
We’ll look into this Safari issue. The app is in the works. We’ve hired a firm that is working on page designs for prediction functionality right now. You’re gonna love it! Very stylish, slick and professional.