Indie Spirits Awards predicted to preview top Oscar races

At Saturday’s Indie Spirit Awards, we are predicting that “12 Years a Slave” will win five of its leading seven bids: Picture, Director, Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyongo), Screenplay and Cinematography. It is tipped to take the top prize at Sunday’s Oscars too as well as Supporting Actress and Adapted Screenplay

Our other three predicted acting winners at these precursor prizes are also expected to claim Oscars: leading lady Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine“) and both star Matthew McConaughey and featured player Jared Leto from “Dallas Buyers Club.” 

Our collective opinion as to this year’s winners at the 29th annual edition of these kudos is drawn from the combination of the four sets of forecasts at Gold Derby: Experts, EditorsTop 24 Users predicting last year’s winners and All Users.

We expect three films to win just one award each despite multiple nominations: six-time contender “Nebraska” is expected to win First Screenplay while three-time nominee “Fruitvale Station” is likely to claim First Feature and twice-nominated “Frances Ha” is predicted to win Editing. 

Among those films we expect to be shut out are four-time contender “All is Lost” and three-time nominee “Inside Llewyn Davis.” 

(Be sure to check out the breakdown of winners by category here.)

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