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.
May 13, 2011
May 26, 2023
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January 3, 2022 at 12:31 am #1204693536
Many times our editors will move your post to a different thread if you’re discussing the Best Actress race in a new posting, but we already have a robust thread on the same debate elsewhere. We don’t delete posts unless they’re libelous or inappro0rpriate — we just move them, as I understand it.ReplyNovember 1, 2021 at 10:19 pm #1204552605
who is the troll spamming the movies area? What’s the name he uses?ReplyApril 18, 2021 at 8:52 pm #1204208448
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, but it’s doubtful that we can hook it back up to the forums after Oscars. Moving forward, I’m working hard to get us a new servers set-up so we should never have this probably again.ReplyJanuary 24, 2021 at 1:16 pm #1203999323
I think we’ve fixed the problem with profile photos. Please try again and lemme know, OK? Sorry for this pesky inconvenience.ReplyNovember 30, 2020 at 8:53 pm #1203886134
What a wonderful question, Backslide! I promise you that I shall ask himReplyOctober 4, 2020 at 8:18 am #1203758491
sorry for the long delay in response. Yes, all past predictions are preserved. Go the top of any experts’ page and use the drop-down menus. First, do a search for the award and year you’re looking for, then choose the drop-down option for “Experts.” Try starting here:
https://www.goldderby.com/awardshows/expert-predictions/oscars-nominations-2021-predictions/picture/sort/recent/ReplyFebruary 24, 2020 at 7:02 am #1203358423
Gold Derby was not at goldderby.com in the years before 2010 and there was no predictions centre. Tom would sometimes attach odds to contenders for the Los Angeles Times, but they were not based on aggregate predictions of users.
Actually, a slight clarification: the GoldDerby.com url was active from 2000 to 2005 when I then licensed the site to the LA Times, yes, you’re right, Riley. Then in 2010, I yanked GD back so we could build and launch the prediction functionality, which did not exist earlier. In 2015, we were acquired by PMC.ReplyNovember 4, 2019 at 9:22 am #1203165570
I finally put bullets through saket fedex and brittanymiles yesterday. sorry it took so long. Some of their nuclear drama was, admit it, actually hilarious, but enuf is enufReplyNovember 4, 2019 at 8:42 am #1203165443
i just checked a bunch of my own notifications and they seem fine. I have a hunch that the problem you’re encountering has to do with the trolls in our forums. When they respond to your posts you get a notification, but then it goes to a dead zone when you click it because we’ve zapped the troll’s user account. Do you think that could be the problem?November 1, 2019 at 6:03 pm #1203162367
I think there’s a fascinating awards parallel between the few nasty critics’ reviews of Morning Show and the cruel critics’ attacks against Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody, both of which were marvelous films (oh, don’t get me started with your ridiculous protests – you’re wrong and that’s that) and proved to be bullet-proof at the Oscars, of course. In the end, Morning Show will be duly awarded at the Globes and SAG because it’s fantastic TV and deserves to shine. Regular TV viewers will adore Morning Show (because it’s great) just like movie audiences cheered Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody (which got A Cinemascores). So why are some critics so vicious?
Answer: Because Morning Show, Green Book and BH had the NERVE to be crafted in mainstream tradition. Populist. They’re not “cool.” They don’t have overlong scenes of dog crap getting flushed down a drain. They don’t juggle their timelines.
As award analysts, all of us Derbyites need to pay attention to this REALLY INTERESTING culture war we see playing out at top award shows of late. We’ve never seen anything like this in recent years – not on this scale. It’s a nuclear battle between the tyranny of snooty critics who demand that we take them seriously and awards voters who don’t give a damn about their pretentious egotism. Haaaaa. Personally, I side with the award voters and I think too many of you are too eager to follow the bully critics because you don’t have the GUTS to call shenanigans on their carnival. Sure, it’s perfectly fine for “Roma” to win the critics’ awards, but it’s also great that Green Book triumphed at the Oscars.
You’re at Gold Derby right now, an awards haven, not some snooty cineaste’s forums. It’s OK to cheer populist fare, for chrissake. We won’t kill you for it. Right now the Hollywood awards are telling us something – sending a message that might actually be RIGHT. If you’re a serious awardsologist, you need to consider this POV.
Keep an open mind. Chill. Then sit back and watch “Morning Show” this weekend and let yourself love it. Because it’s sooooo damn good.ReplyAugust 9, 2019 at 8:19 pm #1203018001
Whenever you spot a post by a troll in our forums, please click the button for REPORT SPAM immediately. I get those notices pronto and I can zap their user account and all forum posts fast and simple. We need to work together to resolve this issue once and for all.
NEVER hit the “Quote” button and quote their stupid posts. You’re just giving them the attention they crave and that then means we need to comb through the forums and delete your quoted posts, too, because they include the troll’s BS. Just click REPORT SPAM and move along with your business. I’ll toss out our garbage a.s.a.p. Tx!ReplyJuly 27, 2019 at 7:19 pm #1202999113
Why can’t I crop my profile picture?
Please be patient with these kinds of fixes. Our tech team is extremely busy now working on the new Gold Derby app that will forever change your life. When first stage of development is done in about a month, I’m going to ask for volunteers among you veteran Derbyites to help us test it. We may not launch it for a few months, however. As soon as we finish the app, we’re overhauling the rest of our desktop and mobile sites to synch up with the app. Target date to launch the whole, new, amazing, dazzling Gold Derby is Nov. 1, but we might have it all done sooner. Stay tuned.ReplyApril 17, 2019 at 1:13 pm #1202856946
will the app be free?
yesReplyMarch 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!ReplyFebruary 17, 2019 at 2:38 pm #1202779493
We’re investigating! Thanks!ReplyNot now