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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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.October 15, 2018 at 7:44 pm #1202653418
<p>The odds are messed up. Consider Globe drama actress:</p> <p>3. Elisabeth Moss (10/1)<br> 4. Jodie Comer (25/5)<br> 5. Keri Russell (15/1)</p> <p>Why is 25/5 not rendered as 5/1? And 5/1 should be ranked higher than 10/1. Also, the Forum Chatter sidebar is still not current.</p>
GREAT catch, Riley! We’re fixing!September 26, 2018 at 1:57 pm #1202641817
OK, sorry for the continued problem with profile pics. We’ll give that another check-up. Meantime, the issue of quotes-within-quotes-within-quotes should be fixed. You should only be able to quote the last bit of original text …September 24, 2018 at 5:50 pm #1202640681
BenitoDelicias, dorseyhorsey, michael11391 & Everybody Else, too! —
Please tell me more about the newsletter promo popup problem you encountered. Be specific. Were all of you accessing the site using mobile device? Technically, no user should’ve seen the popup more than once every 7 days — how often did you get it? Please share any other details you recall as well. We’ve disabled the pop-up for now, so we can’t recreate the problem right now … we need your inputSeptember 24, 2018 at 8:33 am #1202640224
Hopefully, our new racetrack odds will be in place by next week.
Profile pictures should be visible now. If not, please try uploading it again, OK? If it still doesn’t show up, let me know. You can find a link to “Change Profile Picture” on your profile page. If you do need to upload your profile pic again, please accept our apology. This massive website migration we just made to new, upgraded, faster servers was very complex and work-intensive. It’s possible that we didn’t catch everything.
Newsletter pop-up promo has been disabled.
Your screen name should appear now instead of your real name.
Moderators: All of our core editorial contributors now have moderator powers here in the forums. Let me know if you think we need more moderators.
GD internal messaging system works now.
Riley has a good suggestion that will be implemented in about 2 days: the quote functionality. Right now there are often quotes of previous posts within quotes within quotes, etc. Hopefully, when the tech fix is made, you will only be able to quote the last bit of original text.
What other issues still need to be addressed? Please give us updates on what needs to be done.
September 23, 2018 at 3:49 pm #1202639852
- This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by Tom O'Neil.
All profile photos will re-appear tomorrow (Monday). Please be patient. The tech fix already has been made, but cannot be activated until tomorrow. That’s also true of several other tech issues you folks have reported, like the newsletter pop-up problem. We’re on it!September 23, 2018 at 1:49 pm #1202639735
OMG, I didn’t realize that the annoying newsletter promo was showing up here in forum pages. I thought it only appeared one-time only on articles in the blog area. I’m trying to get it turned off now. So sorry!
As for forum moderation, I’ve just empowered all of our main editors and writers to be able to pitch in with that. Hopefully, that will solve many problems back here. If not, I’ll reach out to you folks for recruits. Thanks for volunteering, Bee!September 22, 2018 at 1:25 pm #1202639007
OK. sorry. we’ll fix!September 21, 2018 at 5:01 pm #1202638631
So sorry about the recent tech issues here in the forums. Yesterday we moved our website to a new server base that loads pages much, much faster. Gold Derby will now load more efficiently moving foward. Our site was only supposed to be offline for a brief time during the server transer on Thursday and a notice about the temporary interruption should’ve popped up during that time.
Please speak up here and tell us what new problems need to be addressed and we’ll jump on them pronto. As for that newsletter pop-up, you should only see that once, then it should vanish. We’ll fix that.