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
Apr 15, 2021
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January 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.November 30, 2020 at 8:53 pm #1203886134
What a wonderful question, Backslide! I promise you that I shall ask himOctober 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:April 16, 2020 at 9:55 am #1203430254
Sorry! I meant to warn you forum posters about this issue. These forums do not yet exist within the app, so that link in the app menu that says “forums” actually takes you out of the app and over to this mobile site where you need to log in again. The app has one log-in system and this mobile/desktop has a separate one — so those create a conflict. We need a few more weeks to get this issue resolved. We’re working on it and I’ll let you know when the forum pages are properly housed inside the app so you have easy use.February 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.January 27, 2020 at 7:47 pm #1203315811
What was the title of the thread topic?December 17, 2019 at 5:10 am #1203241482
Some users who contributed significantly to the forum, who always have some great and interesting posts with fully reasoning behind, who always keep an open and subjective mind, who are always charming and funny, got SUSPENDED OR EVEN BANNED just because of trivial reasons like some uncensored swear words, some gifs and some banters fun. Even calling out the mods politely results in a ban. This is extremely unfair and unprofessional of the mods, when you try to keep this forum as friendly, fair and interesting as it should be. Especially considering the fact that there still exist some users here who are racist, homophobic, transphobic,…,
Sorry, DreamingHead, but nobody has been suspended or banned for “trivial reasons.” If anyone’s been thrown out of these forums, I DID IT — no other editor or moderator has the power to do that — and I’ve had very good, serious reasons for doing so. In all cases, the users were in gross, outrageous violation of Gold Derby’s Terms of Service and their behavior could not be tolerated. Who else do you believe should be removed? I will investigate their past posts.December 15, 2019 at 5:25 am #1203237804
Dear Real and Normal Derbyites — PLEASE DO NOT believe the ridiculous BS being flung in this forum thread by our worst offenders who are positioning themselves here as holy martyrs to free speech and poor victims of Gold Derby moderators. The biggest complainers in this thread are actually our worst offenders, many of whom I’ve thrown out, banned and burned with the trash, but they slither back in and try strenuously to lobby for their fellow troublemakers like the poor persecuted Sasha. Haaaa. Anyone who remembers Sasha knows that she/he never missed a chance to insult, debase, ridicule and abuse other posters in these forums. She/he constantly delights in being cruel. Anyone who defends her/him is officially insane, deluded and part of the problem in these forums.
Also, please be skeptical of our playground thugs always eager to beat up babypook. Their gang bloodlust is shocking to witness and never seems to be based upon anything in reality. Over and over I ask those thugs to send me PMs or emails with examples of her behaving badly, but I never see convincing evidence that justifies their hatred.
Any time you see truly offensive posts, please hit the “Spam” button — that sends email alerts to all 7 of Gold Derby’s staff editors. We see everything. However, the problem with this reporting process is that too many of you abuse it. You click ‘Spam” on every post you disagree with. Or you hit the button any time babypook posts anything. We get several dozen spam complaints over forum posts every day and 99% of them are filed by hysterical diva fans. Beyonce fans hit “Spam” every time someone defends Taylor Swift or mocks Ariana Grande, etc., etc. It’s ridiculous and out of control. When we editors go through these scores of spam complaints every day, it’s shocking to see the crap you’re reporting — you’re wasting our time with false fire alarms filed over reasonable opinions you disagree with. STOP ABUSING THE SYSTEM!November 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 enufNovember 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.October 13, 2019 at 11:59 pm #1203135374
Bombshell reminds me of the time I appeared simultaneously on Fox and Fox News with Megyn Kelly covering Michael Jackson’s funeral live. I had appeared on her regular Fox News shows a few times previously – but this time she asked me to join her during the daytime to cover this live news event for lots of Fox channels. I said yeah, sure, assuming it would be for 5 or 10 minutes max, but Megyn kept me on air for a few hours as she and I (and one other guest journo) just riffed on the funeral service and the cemetery scenes as they occurred. During commercial breaks, Megyn kept saying, “Hey, can you guys stick around for another segment or two? This is really interesting …” I got the sense something was wrong behind the scenes – the producers didn’t seem to have other guests booked and they needed us to fill in, but that was fine and it was all so dramatic, being Jacko’s funeral and all. Megyn was very chill and kind to me throughout the day. Afterward, lots of people told me they’d even seen the show on the big screens in Times Square and outside the Apollo Theater.October 13, 2019 at 11:34 pm #1203135337
How’s Lithgow as Ailes? Will he be a factor in supporting actor or can I comfortably rule him out? That category is getting so crowded, hot damn.
Lithgow is marvelously vile. Ewww. His Roger is soooo creepy and disgusting. The prosthetic makeup transformation turns him into a monster. So it’s a big (and wonderful) performance, but not really awards bait, I don’t thinkOctober 13, 2019 at 11:24 pm #1203135324
Can be tough to look as beautiful as Barbie in a work environment like that…
Yeah. And she looks impeccably Barbie-perfect on screen at all times — enough so that Roger Ailes preys on her throughout the last half of the film. She plays a fictional character who represents lots of the young lovelies he typically preyed on in the workplace. Margot has lots of wonderfully sensitive scenes that she nails beautifully and she gets tons of screen time. But it’s not a pretentious role – like academy voters usually prefer. However, this can be one of those frequent exceptions. Margot can very well be nominated for Bombshell.October 13, 2019 at 11:08 pm #1203135300
Margot doesn’t have a single meaty scene in OUATIH, how are people still hyping it ? Idgi She’s a symbol. The performance itself is nothing
You’re overblowing your point, but, yeah, you’re kinda right, of course. By contrast, Margot gives a real PERFORMANCE in Bombshell. She even gets an overlooooooong crying scene near the end, but she plays a barbie doll character, that’s the prob