Critics’ Choice Movie Awards predictions by the numbers: ‘Mad Max’ will win 5, ‘Spotlight’ (3) & ‘Carol’ (3)

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We're predicting 20 categories at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and out of those categories we're expecting "Mad Max: Fury Road" to come out on top with five wins: Best Director (George Miller), Best Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects.

But "Mad Max" also contends in four categories not in our predictions center: Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie, Best Action Movie, Best Actor in an Action Movie (Tom Hardy) and Best Actress in an Action Movie (Charlize Theron), so its final win count could be almost twice as high as we're predicting.

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But even though "Mad Max" is forecast to win the most awards, "Spotlight" is projected to take Best Picture, as well as Best Original Screenplay and Best Ensemble, bringing its total victories to three.

We also expect "Carol" to prevail three times: Best Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara), Best Costume Design and Best Score.

The only other film predicted to win more than one award is "The Revenant." It leads the Oscar nominations with 12, but we're only anticipating two wins at this event: Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Best Cinematography.

Elsewhere, "Room" is expected to win Best Actress (Brie Larson), "Creed" will take Best Supporting Actor (Sylvester Stallone), "Steve Jobs" will get Best Adapted Screenplay and "Love and Mercy" will be awarded Best Song for "One Kind of Love."

Best Animated Feature will go to "Inside Out," Best Documentary will be "Amy" and "Son of Saul" will continue its romp of Best Foreign Film prizes.

"Mad Max: Fury Road"
Best Director – George Miller
Best Editing
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Production Design
Best Visual Effects

"Spotlight"
Best Picture
Best Original Screenplay
Best Ensemble

"Carol"
Best Supporting Actress – Rooney Mara
Best Costume Design
Best Score

"The Revenant"
Best Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Cinematography

"Amy"
Best Documentary

"Creed"
Best Supporting Actor – Sylvester Stallone

"Inside Out"
Best Animated Feature

"Love and Mercy"
Best Song ("One Kind of Love")

"Room"
Best Actress – Brie Larson

"Son of Saul"
Best Foreign Language Film

"Steve Jobs"
Best Adapted Screenplay

Critics' Choice Movie Awards predictions cheat sheet: 'Spotlight,' Leonardo DiCaprio …

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Photo Credits: "Mad Max: Fury Road" by Moviestore/REX; "Spotlight" by Open Road Films; "Carol" by the Weinstein Company

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