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Grammys mystery solved: What is the difference between Record & Song of the Year?

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One of the most frequently asked questions about the Grammys is, “What is the difference between Record of the Year and Song of the Year?” Year after year, the question continues to pop up, and for good reason. Looking over the nominees in both categories from the last 20 years, the categories are alarmingly similar in their results. This begs the question: do the Grammy voters even understand, or at least pay attention to, the difference in these categories?  -Break- Record of the Year is given to the artist, producer and engineer for a recorded single while Song of the Year goes to the songwriter for the written composition.  But do Grammy voters distinguish what it is they like about a hit song: the lyrics, the melody, the vocal, the production? After all, the winners of both races have lined up more often than not over the last two decades. If »


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Tika Sumpter on how 'Bessie' taught her to 'walk on' despite racism and sexism [Exclusive Video]

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Actress Tika Sumpter took many lessons from the story of blues singer Bessie Smith as told in the HBO telefilm "Bessie," but among the biggest was to persevere despite challenges. "Whether it's sexism or whether it's any of those -isms, walk on anyway. Continue to be yourself anyway. Do you anyway," she says. (Watch our complete video chat below.) -Break- Watch More Exclusive 'Bessie' Chats: Queen Latifah | Michael Kenneth WilliamsDee Rees Sumpter plays Lucille, who is in love with Bessie even though she has to share Bessie's affections with her husband Jack (Michael Kenneth Williams). "What I love about Lucille is she's kind of this ride-or-die chick," she says, "this girl who loved her regardless of the excess in Bessie's life and still held on and still was there when people were fighting over her." The film is set during the 1920s and 1930s, and the challen. »


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Emmys flashback: Jackie Kennedy wins for White House tour

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In honor of Friday's anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy in 1917, let's revisit a landmark in the life of the First Lady -- Jacqueline Kennedy (Onassis) -- who hosted a TV tour of the White House in 1962.  -Break- With the support of her husband, Mrs. Kennedy had worked diligently throughout 1961, their first year in the Executive Mansion, to restore many of the state and private rooms with period pieces rather than reproductions. And she spearheaded the formation of the White House Historical Assn., which raised funds for the ambitious project. To showcase the results, Mrs. Kennedy gave CBS newsman Charles Collingwood a tour of these rooms, many of which remain this way today. Both the Tiffany net and NBC aired this hour-long program on Valentine's Day, with ABC rebroadcasting it four days later. (Watch the entire program, including a charming appearance by the President, below.) The ratings »


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Will 'Justified' be big winner at Critics' Choice TV Awards?'

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"Justified" could steal the show on Sunday when the Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. bestow their annual Critics' Choice TV Awards. It snagged five bids -- the most of any series -- and since the first ceremony in 2011, the programs with the most number of nominations have each won at least one award. -Break- Who Really deserves to win? Debate in our lively forums Timothy Olyphant is currently favored to win Best Drama Actor. He leads with odds of 10/9 with Matthew Rhys ("The Americans") in second place at 3/1.  And in Drama Supporting Actor, Walton Goggins (also in contention for his guest role on "Sons of Anarchy") is out front with odds of 4/5. His closest competitor is Jonathan Banks ("Better Caul Saul") at 9/2.  Sam Elliott is currently ranked second in Drama Guest Performance with odds of 5/1. Cicely Tyson has leading 5/6 odds for her scene-stealing work on "How t..."' »


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Damian Lewis on playing volatile King Henry VIII in 'Wolf Hall' [Exclusive Video]

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"It's much more of an interior drama. It's much more about the looks thrown between men in darkened rooms," reveals Damian Lewis about his role as King Henry VIII in the limited series "Wolf Hall." The six-part program recently completed its run on the long-running PBS anthology series "Masterpiece." In our recent video chat (watch below), he admits, "Everytime anyone speaks they feel they're on a knife's edge; it could go either way. No one is sure of their career, of their head remaining in place as they do the bidding of this incredibly mercurial king." Related: An exclusive sneak peek at the PBS 'Masterpiece' Emmy campaign -Break- Lewis says the look and substance of "Wolf Hall" is more akin to "House of Cards" than "The Tudors." It is based on two award-winning novels by Hilary Mantel, with the focus on the rise of royal advisor Thomas Crom »


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'Transparent,' 'Olive Kitteridge' will sweep Critics' Choice TV Awards'

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Amazon's dramedy "Transparent" and HBO's limited series "Olive Kitteridge" will be the top winners at this Sunday's Critics' Choice TV Awards according to the combined predictions of our Editors, Top 24 Users (at last year's awards) and All Users. We're forecasting them to win three apiece. (Click here to see our complete predictions by category.) -Break- Who Really deserves to win? Debate in our lively forums "Olive Kitteridge" enters the awards tied with the most nominations (five). Of those, we're expecting it to take Best Limited Series as well as both movie/limited lead-acting races for stars Richard Jenkins and Frances McDormand. It also has a pair of bids for Best Movie/Limited Supporting Actor: Bill Murray, who ranks third with 9/2 odds, and Cory Michael Smith, an underdog with 25/1 odds. "Transparent" has four bids and gets best odds in three of those races: Best...' »


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News Nuggets: 'Foyle's War' deserves as much Emmy attention as 'Sherlock''

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Mary McNamara makes the case that "Foyle's War" deserves as much Emmy attention as "Sherlock" has been receiving lately. That BBC set of telefilms was able to snag awards for lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch and supporting actor Martin Freeman at last year's ceremony. She calls "Foyle's War" the "Mona Lisa of television: small, quiet, utterly hypnotic and mysteriously perfect." Now streaming on Acorn TV, the British production is finally eligible at the Emmys for the first time in its long run. The final installment "Elise" stars Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks. L.A. Times -Break- Who are the most powerful women in the world? Most of the ladies on the 2015 list are political figures (like German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton), but there are also quite a few entertainers. Those top names are Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie, Shakira, Ellen DeGen. »


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Jamie Dornan ('The Fall') on Emmys and whether he should get away with murder [Exclusive Video]

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"So many people have said this to me, that you're almost rooting for him to get away with it, which is really weird," says actor Jamie Dornan about his role as a serial killer in the Netflix crime drama "The Fall." "I don't think I want him to get away with it. I don't really have much sympathy for the guy." (Watch our complete video chat below.) -Break- Listen to 'House of Cards' cast dish Emmys and all those deaths Dornan plays Paul Spector, a bereavement counselor in Northern Ireland who appears to be a conventional family man, but in reality is a multiple murderer. "To stay in the head-space of someone who thinks the way he does and acts on the things that he thinks about is tough," Dornan admits. It was especially difficult in the first season "when there's more of seeing Spector in the act »


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5 reasons why Emmy voters will finally embrace 'The Americans'

28 May 2015 11:02 AM, PDT

While the clever spy duo on the FX drama "The Americans" can outwit just about anybody, they haven't quite figured out one group yet: Emmy voters. However, that could all change with the recently concluded third season. Below, five reasons why this compelling period piece will reap major bids this year.  -Break- Related: Emmy longshots to bet on include 'The Americans,' 'Outlander' 1. Timing and positioning New rules see the Best Drama Series category expanding from six to seven nominees starting this year. Had there been seven slots in its first two seasons, "The Americans" would most likely have made the cut. Only four of last year's six nominees are still in contention "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "House of Cards," and "Mad Men" (winner "Breaking Bad" and "True Detective" are both gone). Even if "Orange is the New Black&qu..." »


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'Game of Thrones' death watch: Jon Snow has 33/1 odds of dying next

28 May 2015 1:58 AM, PDT

According to exclusive Gold Derby predictions, Jon Snow has 33/1 odds of dying on the next episode of "Game of Thrones," titled "Hardhome." Do you agree or disagree with those odds? Hurry -- make your own predictions for Sunday's episode and you could win our prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start now by scrolling down and predicting who will die next. -Break- Who will die on 'Game of Thrones'? See exclusive predictions In our "Game of Thrones" predictions center, you get to answer the following seven questions each week: Which Main character will die in this episode? Which Recurring character will die in this episode? Which Minor character will die in this episode? How many dragons will appear in this episode? Will Tyrion have a drink in this episode? Will we see a white walker in this episode? Will there be full frontal nudity in this episode. »


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Here's why Caitriona Balfe ('Outlander') is a major Emmy contender'

27 May 2015 3:20 PM, PDT

"I just made a change in my predictions for Best Drama Actress. I'm going with Caitriona Balfe to be nominated for 'Outlander,'" reveals Gold Derby founder Tom O'Neil in our latest Emmy predictions video slugfest (watch below at the 1:11:25 mark). O'Neil's prediction is bold, considering he's the only one of our Experts or Editors picking her to make the list, but he believes that Balfe fits in to a fascinating pattern of past voting. "If you look back in this category historically, there are lots of nominations for actresses who have a strong cult following, portraying characters about female empowerment," O'Neil says. O'Neil cites Roma Downey ("Touched by an Angel"), Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman"), Amber Tamblyn ("Joan of Arcadia") and Patricia Arquette ("Medium") as such examples of leading ladies who reaped Emmy nominations for thei...' »


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Evan Peters on Emmys, challenges of 'Ahs: Freak Show' and playing drunk (Exclusive Video)

27 May 2015 2:04 PM, PDT

"You know, I wrote a list of all the horrific things that happened to Jimmy and I thought I'd read them off real quick," says Evan Peters at the tail-end of our video chat (watch below) about the FX limited series "American Horror Story: Freak Show." He goes on to list about two dozen of the most gut-wrenching, emotional things that happened to his character Jimmy Darling, all of which took place over the course of only 13 episodes. -Break- "I have to say that it was an incredibly challenging season, but an incredibly rewarding season that we actually got all of that on film," Peters tells us. Evan Peters gets beaten up by Michael Chiklis on red carpet (Exclusive Video) This year, creator Ryan Murphy and FX have decided to campaign Peters in the Emmy race for Best Movie/Mini Actor, as opposed to the Supporting race where he'd previously contended. »


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Critics' Choice TV Awards cheat sheet: You should predict Gina Rodriguez, Timothy Olyphant, ...'

27 May 2015 11:01 AM, PDT

Looking for a handy cheat sheet before entering our contest to predict this weekend's Critics' Choice TV Awards for a chance to win $100 and a place of honor on our leaderboard? Then take a look at our racetrack odds below. The predicted winners are indicated in gold (be sure to click on each category title for an in-depth look at that race). -Break- These official odds are based on a combination of three sets of forecasts at Gold Derby: Editors, the Top 24 Users (at last year's awards) and All Users. Last year, Gold Derby's Users and Top 24 were right 73.91% of the time, while our Editors trailed with 69.57%. Why did Critics' Choice snub past favorites like 'Game of Thrones' & 'Orphan Black'? Our Users are hoping stay ahead of us again this year, and you can help. If you think you know who will win this year's Critics' Choice races, »


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Top 24 User Trevor Cox: I'm panicking over Emmy races for Drama/Comedy Lead Actress'

27 May 2015 5:55 AM, PDT

Last year, our user Trevor Cox did so well at predicting the Emmy nominations -- 21st place out of more than 2,500 predictors -- that he's now featured in a league along with the other Top 24 Users to predict this year's nominations. Average Gold Derby users just like You often turn out to be our smartest prognosticators, so it's important that you give us your predictions. Your picks influence our User racetrack odds, which also factor into our official combined odds. The Top 24 Users did the best at predicting last year's Emmy nominations (78.55%) when competing against Gold Derby's Editors (77.68%), all Users (74.78%) and the Experts (74.64%). Which group will come out victorious this year? -Break- Top 24 User Jed Reifer predicts Emmys: Can 'Transparent' beat 'Modern Family'? Cox is 23 years old and hails from Indianapolis, Indiana, where he's an Associate Producer/Guest Relations for "Indy Style" on Wish-tv. »

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Let's peek inside HBO's Fyc Emmy campaign mailer

27 May 2015 2:06 AM, PDT

This year, HBO has many Emmy-eligible programs encompassing a vast array of primetime categories: dramas such as "Game of Thrones" and "The Newsroom," comedies including "The Comeback" and "Veep," movies/limited series like "Bessie" and "Olive Kitteridge," variety talk series "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" and "Real Time with Bill Maher" and more. -Break- DVDs of each series have been sent out to Emmy voters, but you can take an exclusive look inside HBO's 2015 Fyc Emmy campaign mailer below. In our photo gallery, we provide info about what's included on each disc. »


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Yael Grobglas on 'Jane the Virgin': It's 'the best thing that ever happened' [Exclusive Video]'

26 May 2015 10:03 PM, PDT

"I wish I could say that I'm living the wild Hollywood lifestyle, but I'm not. I learned how to crochet!" admits Yael Grobglas, who plays the villainous role of Petra Solano in the CW hit series "Jane the Virgin." (Watch our complete video chat below.) -Break- Though her social life may not have changed much, Grobglas tells us personally she's never had to explain to so many strangers that she's actually not as vindictive and, well, horrible as the character she portrays: "I consider myself a nice person, which is a funny thing because I've never before had to explain so much that I'm a nice person to people on the street." Hey, Emmy voters: Make history by awarding 'Jane the Virigin' star Gina Rodriguez Grobglas is originally from Israel, where she experienced much success in television but ultimately decided that Hollywood was where she wanted to make it. "I »


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Constance Wu on Emmys and 'Fresh Off the Boat' [Exclusive Video]

26 May 2015 9:14 PM, PDT

"It's been a surprise because, you know, I was like a waitress two years ago," dishes "Fresh Off the Boat" star Constance Wu to us on her newfound fame. (Watch our complete video chat below.) -Break- Producers Kenya Barris, Jonathan Groff on 'Black-ish' 'renaissance' [Exclusive Video] The star of the ABC hit series says she knew the role of Jessica Huang was for her from the first time she read the script: "I did think there were some really weird lines that [series creator Nahnatchka Khan] had written in there that were weird, but in way that was like, 'I get that. I completely understand how to say that and it won't even be weird for me.' So in that sense I knew that I had a good instinct for it." "Fresh off the Boat" is based on the life of famous chef Eddie Huang as described in his book "Fresh off the Boat: A Memoir. »


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'Fresh off the Boat' star Constance Wu on Emmys: 'I'm going to disappoint these people' [Exclusive Video]'

26 May 2015 9:14 PM, PDT

"It's been a surprise because, you know, I was like a waitress two years ago," dishes "Fresh Off the Boat" star Constance Wu to us on her newfound fame. (Watch our complete video chat below.) -Break- Producers Kenya Barris, Jonathan Groff on 'Black-ish' 'renaissance' [Exclusive Video] The star of the ABC hit series says she knew the role of Jessica Huang was for her from the first time she read the script: "I did think there were some really weird lines that [series creator Nahnatchka Khan] had written in there that were weird, but in way that was like, 'I get that. I completely understand how to say that and it won't even be weird for me.' So in that sense I knew that I had a good instinct for it." "Fresh off the Boat" is based on the life of famous chef Eddie Huang as described in his book "Fresh off the Boat: A Memoir. »


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'Empire' showrunner Ilene Chaiken on blockbuster ratings: 'Bring it on' [Exclusive Video]

26 May 2015 8:41 PM, PDT

"For the most part, I’m not paying attention. I really am just focused on how we can do just the very best job that we can telling these stories … but Thursday mornings I would just be lying to you if I told you that I didn’t wake-up thinking, 'Okay, bring it on. What's it going to be?'" admits showrunner Ilene Chaiken about the unprecedented ratings climb her juggernaut show "Empire" experienced every week during its freshman season. (Watch our complete video chat below.) -Break- Empire' cast woo Emmy voters with performances and panel discussion (Video) "Empire" was a game-changer this TV season, not only for its network, Fox, but seemingly for network TV as a whole, showing that, in an increasingly cable-dominated landscape, a network show could still rule the roost in not just ratings but buzz. Chaiken says she noticed something special right away in the »


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Emmy naysayers are wrong: 'Game of Thrones' Can win Best Drama Series (Just ask 'Lost')

26 May 2015 3:00 PM, PDT

The general consensus amongst Emmy watchers this year seems to be that "Game of Thrones" deserves to win Best Drama Series, but that it can't win because it's full of fantasy elements like dragons, white walkers and shape-shifters. But we all seem to be forgetting what happened 10 years ago, when "Lost" won Best Drama Series for its breakout first season that featured polar bears, hallucinations and a mysterious smoke monster. If "Lost" can win, what's stopping "Game of Thrones"? -Break- Will Season 5 be Emmy winner for 'Game of Thrones' as it was for 'Breaking Bad'? Arguably, "Game of Thrones" has even more support in the TV academy than "Lost" ever did. "GoT" has been nominated for the top Drama Series prize four times in a row, while the latter was unceremoniously snubbed following its triumphant Emmy win. ("Lost" returned to the Dra...' »


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