Three of Quentin Tarantino's films have been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars ("Pulp Fiction" in 1994, "Inglourious Basterds" in 2009 and "Django Unchained" in 2012), but he's never won. Now will his new western "The Hateful Eight" finally bring him Oscar glory?
"The Hateful Eight" currently ranks fifth to win Best Picture (12/1 odds) in Gold Derby's exclusive Oscar predictions that combine the forecasts of top Hollywood journalists (Experts), our website staff (Editors), the two dozen folks who do the best predicting last year's Oscar nominations (Top 24 Users) and hundreds of everyday contest entrants like you (Users).
First place on our Best Picture chart is "Spotlight" (13/2 odds), Thomas McCarthy's expose of the Catholic priests' sex scandal in Boston. The film features an all-star cast including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber. See Paul Sheehan's recent round-up of Experts' predictions including quotes on why they think "Spotlight" is the Best Picture frontrunner.
Second place is a tie between "Joy" and "The Revenant," both with odds of 15/2. "Joy" is David O. Russell's biopic with Oscar champ Jennifer Lawrence ("Silver Linings Playbook") as Long Island housewife turned entrepreneur Joy Mangano. "The Revenant" is Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Western with five-time Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio as frontiersman Hugh Glass who seeks revenge on his hunting party that left him for dead after a bear attack.
Fourth places goes to "Steve Jobs" (8/1 odds), Danny Boyle's biopic with Michael Fassbender as the mercurial computer whiz. And "The Hateful Eight" is actually tied for fifth place on our Best Picture chart with "Carol" (12/1 odds), Todd Haynes' Cannes hit about a married woman (Cate Blanchett) who falls in love with a store clerk (Rooney Mara).
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Last year, our Top 24 Users led the way with an accuracy rate of 76.67% when it came to predicting the Oscar nominations. Next up were Gold Derby's in-house team of Editors with 74.44%, followed by the Experts with 71.11% and all Users with 68.09%. (Click on any of these groups to see what they got right and wrong last year.)
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