Here’s a devilish statistic. Once the Best Picture dust had settled on stage at the 89th Annual Academy Awards and Moonlight been declared the correct winner, only 6.66% of Gold Derby’s panel of expert journalists was right.
For weeks and months leading up to the big day, everyone from Michael Musto to Pete Hammond to Nicole Sperling logs in at goldderby.com and adjusts their Oscar category predictions, locking them down this past final weekend. But after all was said and campaigned, the only sideline reporters who got the biggest prize right are Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone and Rotten Tomatoes’ Matt Atchity. The remainder of the 2017 expert panelists picked La La Land.
A majority of these folks had also tilted towards Denzel Washington upsetting Casey Affleck in the Best Actor category. Certainly, all the chatter–if Washington was listening to it–must have made the Fences star think he was in good late-stage shape.
But perhaps the most notable Gold Derby journo distinction this year belongs to NPR’s Eric Deggans. He was the only one out of 30 to pick Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as winner of Best Costume Design. That shocker, announced early on during the AMPAS proceedings, was the first hint that things were not going to end as predicted for La La Land.
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