‘Spotlight’ vs. ‘Joy’ vs. ‘The Martian’: Watch Oscar predictions slugfest by Gold Derby editors

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Who else is scratching their heads over this year's tough Best Picture race? In our new video slugfest, Gold Derby's editors come out swinging over what they think will win at the Oscars. Will it be presumed frontrunner "Spotlight," the still-unseen "Joy," out of this world "The Martian" or one of the other dozens of top contenders? (Watch the video below or click here if you are on a mobile device.)

Click here to watch our Editors' Best Picture slugfest on YouTube 

"It is mid-November, we haven't seen all the movies yet, but that doesn't stop fearless Gold Derby from predicting the Oscar races," website founder Tom O'Neil booms at the start of the round-table smackdown that includes executive editor Paul Sheehan, managing editor Chris Beachum and senior editors Daniel Montgomery and Marcus James Dixon.

While Sheehan and Montgomery make a case for "Spotlight," a docudrama that details the work by the Boston Globe to expose the coverup by the local Catholic diocese of pedophile priests, the others prescribe a wait-and-see attitude for "Joy," a new dramedy inspired by the life of a Long Island homemaker turned inventor.

Click here to watch Oscar prediction smackdown by Tom O'Neil vs. Pete Hammond (Deadline)

Among the other topics they debate: Will box office sensation "The Martian" win Best Picture as well as Best Director for legendary helmer Ridley Scott? Might "Steve Jobs" be hurt by its low ticket sales? Will "Spotlight" or "Straight Outta Compton" win the early critics' prizes? And could this be a monumental year for female-driven films thanks to "Joy," "Room," "The Danish Girl," "Carol," "Brooklyn," "Inside Out" and "Suffragette"?

Check out O'Neil's individual Oscar predictions here, Sheehan's here, Beachum's here, Montgomery's here and Dixon's here. Then make your own early predictions now and change them later as often as you wish. If you reap one of the top three scores forecasting nominations, you can win our top contest prizes: $500, $300 or $200 Amazon gift certificates. See contest rules.

8 thoughts on “‘Spotlight’ vs. ‘Joy’ vs. ‘The Martian’: Watch Oscar predictions slugfest by Gold Derby editors

  1. If you had to give an Oscar to an overdue director, who would you give it to, David O. Russell or Ridley Scott? The director of “The Fighter”, “Silver Linings Playbook” And American Hustle” or the director of “Blade Runner”, “Alien”, “Thelma and Louise”, “Black Hawk Down” and “Gladiator”. I think it obvious who most people would give an overdue Best Direction award to.

  2. Kevin, Thank You, I’ve been saying that that about Gold Derby’s fixation for way to long. Their fawning over American Hustle was Sickening. Plus, I read that Nathaniel Rodgers and Award Circuit said Joy may get pushed back to 2016 because it still might not be ready to view for its Nov. 29 screeing. Bad part about That, Gold Derby would then have it as front runner going into the 2016 season. Scott is definitely more overdue, with McCarthy hopefully getting screenplay Oscar.,

  3. Kevin, Thank You, I’ve been saying that that about Gold Derby’s fixation for way to long. Their fawning over American Hustle was Sickening. Plus, I read that Nathaniel Rodgers and Award Circuit said Joy may get pushed back to 2016 because it still might not be ready to view for its Nov. 29 screeing. Bad part about That, Gold Derby would then have it as front runner going into the 2016 season. Scott is definitely more overdue, with McCarthy hopefully getting screenplay Oscar.,

  4. Mohamed and Kevin, Thank You, I’ve been saying that that about Gold Derby’s fixation for way to long. Their fawning over American Hustle was Sickening. Plus, I read that Nathaniel Rodgers and Award Circuit said Joy may get pushed back to 2016 because it still might not be ready to view for its Nov. 29 screeing. Bad part about That, Gold Derby would then have it as front runner going into the 2016 season. Scott is definitely more overdue, with McCarthy hopefully getting screenplay Oscar.

  5. Mohamed and Kevin, Thank You, I’ve been saying that that about Gold Derby’s fixation for David O. Russell for way to long. Their fawning over American Hustle was Sickening. Plus, I read that Nathaniel Rodgers and Award Circuit said Joy may get pushed back to 2016 because it still might not be ready to view for its Nov. 29 screeing. Bad part about That, Gold Derby would then have it as front runner going into the 2016 season. Scott is definitely more overdue, with McCarthy hopefully getting screenplay Oscar.

  6. Daniel, your commentary is really weak not to mention completely reductive. ‘Spotlight’ is not a studio made film. Perhaps the populist appeal that you’re responding to is the fact that it’s a really well made film, well written and well acted. To label this as an off year and suggesting ‘Spotlight’ only could win by default is just insulting to everyone involved with the picture. It’s fine if you want to prognosticate, but try developing your argument a little bit better.

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