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Top 24 User Trevor Cox predicts Emmys: 'House of Cards' for Best Drama Series

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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. (View his predix from last year here.) Last year the Top 24 Users did the best at predicting the Emmy nominations (78.55%) competing against Gold Derby's Editors (77.68%), All Users (74.78%) and our Experts (74.64%). Which group will come out victorious this year? (See all prediction accuracy rates here.) -Break- Cox is 23 years old and hails from Indianapolis, Indiana, where he's an Associate Producer/Guest Relations for "Indy Style" on Wish-tv. We sat down with Cox to get a feel for what he's currently predicting in the red-hot Emmy race for Best Drama Series. See Cox's predictions below, and resist the urge to copy or steal them as your own. Related: Marcus James Dixon's Emmys predictions. »


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Did you predict who would be eliminated on episode 2 of 'The Amazing Race'?

28 February 2015 6:28 AM, PST

Did you know which of the 10 couples competing in the second leg of "The Amazing Race" was going to be sent packing? If you got the result right, why are you not taking part in our predictions contest? You could win a chance to chat with the ultimate winners as well as a $100 Amazon gift certificate and a place on our leaderboards. Every week, we will be canvassing our top predictors who will share their insights. Do you have what it takes to be the best among the most fervent fans of the "Race"? -Break- To get started Click Here or scroll down and make your first prediction using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Don't worry, you can keep changing your predictions right up until show time. But we urge you not to wait till then.  'Survivor: Worlds Apart': Win prizes predicting who'll win Season 30 Why? Because your predictions »


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Our 3 best Oscar predictors reveal their secrets

27 February 2015 6:55 PM, PST

Among the 3,200 people who made Oscar predictions at Gold Derby, three guys had top scores but weren't eligible to win the $1,000 prize because they aren't U.S. citizens, as required by our contest rules. Therefore, the sum went to Oliver Davidson, a resident of Houston, Texas, who landed in sixth place in our leaderboards. See our profile of him here. Why was Jack Mathews so sure 'Birdman' would win the Oscar for Best Picture? -Break- Two other high-ranked participants were also declared ineligible because they're part of the Gold Derby editorial team: first place Daniel Montgomery and third-ranked Riley Chow ("thedemonhog"). All six of our top-ranked players had impressive scores. See leaderboard at right or click here. How did they do it? Jeremy Parilla (screen name "Jeremy"), age 28, is a copyeditor/proofreader for Metro Manila in the Philippines. He tied Montgomery for highest rate of accuracy: 96%. The only c...' »


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Will Alison Sweeney finally earn Daytime Emmys love for 'Days of Our Lives' farewell?

27 February 2015 2:19 PM, PST

Alison Sweeney left "Days of Our Lives" in 2014 after more than two decades playing Sami Brady, but despite her long tenure in the role, she has never been nominated for a Daytime Emmy, so it's now or never for voters to finally embrace her. In fact, she's the only Best Actress pre-nominee this year who has never earned a bid. -Break- Daytime Emmy pre-nominations: 'Young and Restless' leads with 22 "Days" won Best Actress last year for Eileen Davidson, who, like Sweeney, had been awaiting her first victory after decades in daytime. But Davidson isn't among this year's pre-nominees. Instead, Sweeney is joined on the longlist by her co-star Peggy McCay, who last earned a Best Actress nomination in 2013. McCay has three total nods for the NBC soap, but her only previous Emmy win was in primetime: Best Drama Guest Actress for "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill" in 1991. As in Best Actor, »


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Who is your favorite 'The Voice' winner of all time? (Poll)

27 February 2015 11:45 AM, PST

NBC's "The Voice" has already declared seven champions in its relatively short run. With the eighth season now underway, we want to know who you like the best from the past. Vote in our poll below for which of the previous seven winners is the most talented performer. -Break- Related Poll: Who is really the best 'American Idol' past winner? This very popular show hosted by Carson Daly returned this week with four-time winning judge Blake Shelton, two-time champ Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, and Christina Aguilera. It has competed at the Emmy Awards throughout its run and won as Best Reality-Competition Program in 2013. We will have plenty of more polls coming soon for this new season plus a brand new predictions center allowing you to show your skills in picking the eighth winner. In the meantime, take a look back through our photo gallery of prior champions, sound »


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Emmys predictions for Best Drama Series: 'House of Cards,' 'Mad Men,' ...

27 February 2015 8:44 AM, PST

With an Oscar season that felt longer than it took to make "Boyhood" now in the rearview mirror, we can focus all of our attention on an awards season that seems to fly by each year: the Emmy Awards. This year the TV academy decided to add some drama to their highest honor by shaking up the rules in the top Comedy and Drama races. Not only will there now be seven nominees in each category -- up from six -- but their placement in each category will now be determined by their runtime (60 minutes you're Drama; 30 minutes you're Comedy). Last year, I went five for six at predicting the Drama Series nominees (I will never doubt you again, "Downton Abbey"). That additional seventh seat means there will be a whopping three open slots as last year's champ "Breaking Bad" has wrapped up and nominee "True Detective" is being pushed to the Limited Series categories, »


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Emmys predictions for Best Comedy Series: 'Modern Family,' 'Jane the Virgin,' ...

27 February 2015 8:42 AM, PST

As the saying goes: drama is easy, comedy is hard. That rings no truer than trying to predict the nominees for Best Comedy Series this early in the game ... but I'll try anyway. I predicted all six of last year's nominees (see all of my previous predix here). This year, only five of these are back in contention due to the new rule where the category is determined by running time (60 minutes you’re drama; 30 minutes you’re comedy). That pushes last year's comedy contender "Orange is the New Black" into the drama race. And there will also be a seventh nominee in both series races, too. Taking all this into account, let's take a look at what I'm predicting. -Break- Related: Marcus James Dixon's Emmy predictions for Best Comedy Series: 'Transparent,' 'Grace and Frankie,' ... "Modern Family" - Season 6 With five consecutive nominations and five consecutive wins, "Modern Family" ties. »


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Why was Jack Mathews so sure 'Birdman' would win the Oscar for Best Picture?

26 February 2015 10:36 PM, PST

While most Oscar pundits flip-flopped between "Boyhood" and "Birdman" when trying to predict Best Picture, veteran guru Jack Mathews never doubted that "Birdman" would soar off with the laurels. He asserted that opinion strongly during our first podcast on Feb. 5 and now reiterates his view in our post-Oscars chat below. -Break- "As a longtime observer of these things, I get a feeling of what an Oscar movie is and 'Boyhood' never, ever felt to me like an Oscar movie," he says. "It felt like a critics' movie. "Also, I didn't believe the movie would play as well on television as it did at those media screenings where people saw it right after reading about what an incredible achievement it was -- which it was -- so they were really wired to love that movie. And did -- and I don't blame them at all. But five months later when the »

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Meet the $1,000 winner of our Oscars predictions contest: Oliver Davidson

26 February 2015 9:20 PM, PST

Congratulations to Oliver Davidson for winning the $1,000 grand prize in Gold Derby's 2014 Oscar predictions contest. Davidson scored 92% accuracy, missing only 2 categories out of 24: Best Animated Feature and Best Original Screenplay. "Perhaps someday, I can get 23/24 correct," he tells Gold Derby. "As for this year, I think I did all right!" (See Davidson's winning Oscar predix here.) Davidson, age 34, is a tax consultant at a small accounting firm in Houston, Texas. Technically, he came in sixth place on our Oscars leaderboard, but he's the highest-ranked Derbyite to qualify for the prize. Two players had the highest percentage of accuracy – 96% (23 out of 24 categories) – but Daniel Montgomery is disqualified because he's a senior editor of Gold Derby and Jeremy Parilla (screen name "Jeremy") lives in the Philippines. Our contest rules stipulate that the winner must be a U.S. citizen who does not work fo »


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Will 'Young and Restless' leading men continue Daytime Emmys dominance?

26 February 2015 6:33 PM, PST

With the number of soap operas dwindling in recent years, it's inevitable that the remaining shows will be better represented in the nominations, but even with that in mind, "The Young and the Restless's" recent stranglehold on the Best Actor race at the Daytime Emmys has been remarkable. -Break- Daytime Emmy pre-nominations: 'Young and Restless' leads with 22 There have been nine Best Actor nominees in the last two years, and seven of them were from "Y&R." Perhaps unsurprisingly, "Y&R" also won both years: Doug Davidson in 2013 and Billy Miller in 2014. The only other nominee in both contests was Jason Thompson from "General Hospital." Those two victories put "Y&R" on top as the most awarded program in the category with nine, and if this year's pre-nominations are any indication, "Y&R" may sweep again. It has six out of the 11 actors on the longli...' »


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Who's really the best 'American Idol' winner so far? (Poll)'

26 February 2015 6:23 PM, PST

We need your help, Derbyites. As Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. continue to narrow down the number of contestants on Season 14 of "American Idol," we want to know who's really the best winner so far? Vote in our poll below. -Break- Our Top 30 craziest, most inventive ideas for 'Survivor' Season 30 There are many worthy winners to choose from over the past 13 years -- some more successful than others -- but you can only vote for one, so choose wisely. Need help remembering the past 13 winners? Then scroll through our "American Idol" photo gallery below the poll that highlights every victory since 2002. After voting in our poll, be sure to cast your predictions as to which "Survivor" castaway will win using our easy drag-and-drop menu below. Top score wins $100. And be sure to sound off on the current seasons of all your favorite shows in Gold Derby's reality TV forum. »


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Our most brilliant and idiotic Oscars predictions: Tom O'Neil and Tariq Khan (Podcast)'

26 February 2015 1:34 PM, PST

Now that the Oscars are over, it looks like vengeance is Tom O'Neil's in his long-running battle with pundit rival Tariq Khan. Last year Tom lost to Tariq, but he recently rallied with the best prediction score -- 80% to Tariq's 71%. (See leaderboard.) Of course, that prompts Tom to gloat mercilessly in their final podcast of Oscar season while he orders Tariq to bow down in shame and beg Derbyites for forgiveness after trying to lure them off so many perilous predix cliffs. "It's funny, I think you and I only disagreed on like four categories," Tariq says. "And in our last podcast, you actually tried to coax me into switching back to 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' for Best Picture." -Break- "Oh, yes, I tried, because you love to go off those cliffs," O'Neil concedes. "All razzing aside here, it was a really tough year." "One thing I'm gonna say is »

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'Survivor: Worlds Apart' castoff So Kim reveals 'heartbreak,' secret alliances (Podcast)

26 February 2015 1:22 PM, PST

"You can't really sum up how you feel after something like that happens," says "Survivor: Worlds Apart's" first castoff So Kim during our Q&A podcast (listen below). "Especially given the circumstances and everything that I feel like I've gone through to get there. It's heartbreak. It's opportunity lost. It's a what-if, could-have, should-have, would-have." Did you predict So's elimination from the Masaya (White Collar) tribe? If so, why are you not taking part in our "Survivor" prediction contest? The user who scores the most game points at season's end will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start predicting now! -Break- Our Top 30 craziest, most inventive ideas for 'Survivor' Season 30 Why did So vote out Carolyn Rivera instead of Shirin Oskooi, who royally messed up that Immunity challenge? "What you don't see on the episode is that Shirin ..." »


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17 hottest forums posts: Was this week's 'Modern Family' the best ever?'

26 February 2015 11:00 AM, PST

Join the fiery discussion going on right now in our infamous message boards where Hollywood stars, directors, execs and other honchos hide behind cyber-nicknames. Sample comments below with links to those hot threads. See more here. -Break- 'Modern Family' episode 'Connection Lost' - Click here to discuss nahborghi: This was one of the best episodes of "Modern Family" the show has ever done. Creative, innovative, funny, and with the heartwarming moments in place. I think this is this year's Directing winner, and I can see a Writing nod coming along too. Also, this is Julie Bowen's tape. "Moms who raise their daughter's baby" made me laugh way too much. Junk: That was a brilliant half-hour. I was worried the execution of this would be sloppy but boy was I wrong. Emmy #6 in the bag! Emmy #3 for Julie Bowen cha-ching! Another Directing Emmy for Steven Levitan. And all would be totally deserved. »


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Predict Daytime Emmys: Repeat for 'Young and Restless,' redemption for 'General Hospital'?

26 February 2015 10:15 AM, PST

"The Young and the Restless" won nine awards at the 2014 Daytime Emmys, including Best Drama Series. That was its eighth victory in the top category, but it still trails "General Hospital," which holds the record with 11. -Break- If the acting pre-nominations are any indication, "Y&R" may be hard to beat again this year. It earned a whopping 22 citations across six acting categories. That's up from last year, when it tied "Gh" with 19. Daytime Emmy pre-nominations: 'Young and Restless' leads with 22 "Gh," meanwhile, took a tumble down to 14 pre-nominations. The ABC soap is looking for redemption after last year, when it was snubbed from Best Drama Series, Best Writing Team, and Best Directing Team. When it came to the winners, it was the least awarded drama, with just two Creative Arts victories. "Days of Our Lives" is also hoping to make a comeback. After winning Best...' »


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Did you predict who would be eliminated on the season premiere of 'The Amazing Race'?

26 February 2015 6:16 AM, PST

Did you know which of the 11 couples competing in the first leg of "The Amazing Race" was going to be sent packing? If you got the result right, why are you not taking part in our predictions contest? You could win a chance to chat with the ultimate winners as well as a $100 Amazon gift certificate and a place on our leaderboards. Every week, we will be canvassing our top predictors who will share their insights. Do you have what it takes to be the best among the most fervent fans of the "Race"? -Break- To get started Click Here or scroll down and make your first prediction using our easy drag-and-drop menu. Don't worry, you can keep changing your predictions right up until show time. But we urge you not to wait till then.  'Survivor: Worlds Apart': Win prizes predicting who'll win Season 30 Why? Because your predictions »


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'Survivor: Worlds Apart' recap: Did Season 30 live up to expectations?

25 February 2015 10:43 PM, PST

The monumental Season 30 premiere of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" didn't disappoint Wednesday night, as we were treated to a massive blindside at Tribal Council chock-full of drama. This opener also gave us a fun and unique way to split up the tribes (White Collar vs. Blue Collar vs. No Collar) and a choose-your-own-adventure-style Immunity challenge hosted by the never-aging Jeff Probst. Did you predict the elimination of So Kim from the Masaya (White Collar) tribe? If so, why are you not taking part in our "Survivor" prediction contest? The user who scores the most game points at season's end will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. It's fun and easy, so start predicting now! -Break- Our Top 30 craziest, most inventive ideas for 'Survivor' Season 30 To make your weekly predictions, just log in to your account (or create a free one), click on the "Survivor" button and start answering questio...' »


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News Nuggets: Oscar Best Picture loss by 'Boyhood' is the 'worst mistake' in 20 years

25 February 2015 4:20 PM, PST

Dan Kois declares that the rejection of "Boyhood" on Sunday as Oscar's Best Picture was the Academy's "worst mistake in 20 years." He says we witnessed an "epochal travesty" when the Richard Linklater film lost, which only happens when "a true masterpiece, a movie for the ages, somehow battles its way through the mediocrity" to only lose in the end. He calls the eventual winner "Birdman" a "terrific" movie, but that we will look back to say "how did they let this happen?" Other "epochal travesty" losses over the years have been by "Citizen Kane," "The Graduate," "High Noon," "Goodfellas," "Pulp Fiction," "Apocalypse Now," "Raging Bull," "Raiders of the Lost Ark, and "E.T." Slate -Break- In advance of the "House of Cards" third season debuting Friday on Netflix, a new guide brings you up-to-speed..." »


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Early Emmys predictions for Best Comedy Series: 'Transparent,' 'Grace and Frankie,' ...

25 February 2015 6:22 AM, PST

Of last year's Best Comedy Series nominees, all six are back in the running again: five-time champ "Modern Family," "The Big Bang Theory," "Louie," "Orange is the New Black," "Silicon Valley" and "Veep." Even if they all reap repeat bids, there will be at least one open slot thanks to a new Emmy rule that brings the number of nominees to at least seven. -Break- Last year, I reaped 77% accuracy predicting the Emmy nominations at Gold Derby, good enough for 12th place out of 2,566 overall predictors. Can I beat my own score this year, or will I fail miserably? Below, see my 7 ridiculously early Emmys predictions for Best Comedy Series. Related: Early Emmys predictions Best Drama Series: 'Empire,' 'Better Call Saul,' ... "Grace and Frankie" - Season 1 The moment I heard Netflix was producing a comedy starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sh...' »


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Early Emmys predictions for Best Drama Series: 'Empire,' 'Better Call Saul,' ...

25 February 2015 6:19 AM, PST

With the Oscars officially behind us, that can only mean one thing: Emmy season has begun! Now that Gold Derby has opened its Emmys predictions center (make your early predix here), it's time to turn our attention to the race for Best Drama Series. -Break- Of last year's nominees, only four -- "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "House of Cards" and "Mad Men" --  are back in the running. Reigning champ "Breaking Bad" has completed its run and "True Detective" is not eligible. All this means at least three open slots for Best Drama Series as there's a new Emmy rule that brings the number of nominees to a minimum of seven.  Last year, I reaped 77% accuracy predicting the Emmy nominations at Gold Derby, good enough for 12th place out of 2,566 overall predictors. Can I beat my own score this year, or will I fail miserably? Below, see my 7 ridiculously early Emmys predic. »


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