Oscar predictions: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ to lead with 5 wins & 10 nominations, ‘Spotlight’ for Best Picture

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As balloting ends for Oscar nominations on Thursday, our 25 Oscar experts drawn from major media outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, HuffPo and Variety have been busy updating their predictions after watching the Golden Globes ceremony and analyzing the nominations by key precursors like the Producers and Directors guilds.

Below, we break down the predicted nominations and wins (as indicated in goldacross the 19 Oscar categories in which feature films contend. We expectMad Max: Fury Road to lead with both the most nominations (10) and the most wins (5). However, it will be five-time nominee Spotlight” that takes Best Picture. Among the other leading contenders, Carol will reap nine bids while “The Revenant” will score eight.

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Mad Max: Fury Road” (10 nominations, 5 wins)
Best Picture
Best Director, George Miller 
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing
Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Best Production Design
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing 

Best Visual Effects

Carol” (9 nominations, 1 win)
Best Picture
Best Director, Todd Haynes
Best Actress, Cate Blanchett
Best Supporting Actress, Rooney Mara
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design
Best Score

The Revenant” (8 nominations, 2 wins)
Best Picture
Best Director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Best Actor, Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing 
Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing

“The Martian” (7 nominations, 1 win)
Best Picture
Best Director, Ridley Scott
Best Actor, Matt Damon
Best Film Editing
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing
Best Visual Effects

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Spotlight” (5 nominations, 2 wins)
Best Picture
Best Director, Tom McCarthy
Best Supporting Actor, Mark Ruffalo
  Best Original Screenplay
Best Film Editing 

“Bridge of Spies” (5 nominations, 1 win)
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actor, Mark Rylance
Best Original Screenplay
Best Production Design
Best Score

“The Big Short” (4 nominations, 1 win)
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actor, Christian Bale
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Film Editing

“The Hateful Eight” (4 nominations, 1 win)
Best Supporting Actress, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Score

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (4 nominations, 1 win)
Best Score
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing 
Best Visual Effects

“Brooklyn” (4 nominations)
Best Picture
Best Actress, Saoirse Ronan
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Costume Design

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“The Danish Girl” (4 nominations)
Best Actor, Eddie Redmayne
Best Supporting Actress, Alicia Vikander
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design

“Inside Out” (3 nominations, 1 win)
Best Original Screenplay
Best Score
Best Animated Feature

“Room” (3 nominations, 1 win)
Best Picture
Best Actress, Brie Larson
Best Adapted Screenplay

“Steve Jobs” (3 nominations)
Best Actor, Michael Fassbender
Best Supporting Actress, Kate Winslet
Best Adapted Screenplay

“Cinderella” (2 nominations; 1 win)
Best Costume Design
Best Production Design

“Sicario” (2 nominations)
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Editing

“Straight Outta Compton” (2 nominations)
Best Picture
Best Sound Mixing

“Trumbo” (2 nominations)
Best Actor, Bryan Cranston
Best Supporting Actress, Helen Mirren

“Furious 7” (1 nomination, 1 win)
Best Song, “See You Again

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“Anomalisa” (1 nomination)
Best Animated Feature

“Beasts of No Nation” (1 nomination)
Best Supporting Actor, Idris Elba

“Black Mass” (1 nomination)
Best Makeup & Hairstyling

“Creed” (1 nomination)
Best Supporting Actor, Sylvester Stallone

“Ex Machina” (1 nomination)
Best Original Screenplay

“Fifty Shades of Grey” (1 nomination)
Best Song, “Love Me Like You Do”

“45 Years” (1 nomination)
Best Actress, Charlotte Rampling

“The Good Dinosaur” (1 nomination)
Best Animated Feature

“The Hunting Ground (1 nomination)
Best Song, “Til It Happens to You”

“Joy” (1 nomination)
Best Actress, Jennifer Lawrence

“Jurassic World” (1 nomination)
Best Visual Effects

“The Peanuts Movie” (1 nomination)
Best Animated Feature

“Sean the Sheep Movie” (1 nomination)
Best Animated Feature

“Spectre” (1 nomination)
Best Song, “Writings on the Wall”

“The Walk” (1 nomination)
Best Visual Effects

“Youth” (1 nomination)
Best Song, “Simple Song 3”

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Photo credits: “Spotlight” (Open Road); “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.)

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