Oscar nominations predictions cheat sheet: ‘Spotlight,’ Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson …

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BEST PICTURE
"Spotlight" – 5/1
"The Revenant" – 7/1
"The Big Short" – 8/1
"The Martian" – 8/1
"Mad Max: Fury Road" – 10/1
"Carol" – 11/1
"Bridge of Spies" – 11/1
"Brooklyn" – 14/1
"Room" – 22/1
"Straight Outta Compton" – 22/1

BEST DIRECTOR
Ridley Scott, "The Martian" – 13/5
Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight" – 4/1
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "The Revenant" – 4/1
George Miller, "Mad Max: Fury Road" – 11/2
Adam McKay, "The Big Short" – 12/1

BEST ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant" – 8/5
Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs" – 5/1
Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"  6/1
Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo" – 7/1
Matt Damon, "The Martian" – 8/1

BEST ACTRESS
Brie Larson, "Room" – 17/10
Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn" – 4/1
Cate Blanchett, "Carol" – 9/2
Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy" – 11/1
Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years" – 12/1

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies" – 27/10
Sylvester Stallone, "Creed" – 10/3
Idris Elba, "Beasts of No Nation" – 11/2
Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight" – 9/1
Christian Bale, "The Big Short" – 10/1

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rooney Mara, "Carol" – 5/2
Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs" – 4/1
Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight" – 9/2
Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl" – 15/2
Helen Mirren, "Trumbo"  12/1

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"Spotlight" – 17/10
"Inside Out" – 9/2
"The Hateful Eight" – 5/1
"Bridge of Spies" – 17/2
"Ex Machina" – 14/1

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
"The Big Short" – 3/1
"Steve Jobs" – 10/3
"Room" – 5/1
"Carol" – 7/1
"Brooklyn" – 17/2

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
"The Revenant" – 7/4
"Mad Max: Fury Road" – 7/2
"Sicario" – 6/1
"Carol" – 8/1
"The Hateful Eight" – 14/1

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
"Cinderella" – 12/5
"Carol" – 10/3
"The Danish Girl" – 9/2
"Brooklyn" – 13/2
"Mad Max: Fury Road" – 12/1

BEST FILM EDITING
"Mad Max: Fury Road" – 23/10
"The Big Short" – 11/2
"Spotlight" – 11/2
"The Revenant" – 11/2
"The Martiian" – 7/1

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
"Mad Max: Fury Road" – 11/10
"The Revenant" – 10/3
"Black Mass" – 9/2

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
"Mad Max: Fury Road" – 11/5
"Bridge of Spies" – 5/1
"Carol" – 11/2
"Cinderella" – 17/2
"The Danish Girl" – 11/1

BEST SCORE
"The Hateful Eight" – 27/10
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" – 10/3
"Inside Out" – 13/2
"Carol" – 15/2
"Bridge of Spies" – 17/2

BEST SONG
"See You Again" ("Furious 7") – 12/5
"Til It Happens to You" ("The Hunting Ground") – 4/1
"Simple Song 3" ("Youth") – 9/2
"Writings on the Wall" ("Spectre") – 7/1
"Love Me Like You Do" ("Fifty Shades of Grey") – 12/1

BEST SOUND EDITING
"Mad Max: Fury Road" – 9/5
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" – 4/1
"The Revenant" – 5/1
"The Martian" – 6/1
"Sicario" – 16/1

BEST SOUND MIXING
"Mad Max: Fury Road" – 9/5
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" – 7/2
"The Martian"  6/1
"The Revenant" – 13/2
"Straight Outta Compton" – 11/1

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" – 2/1
"Mad Max: Fury Road" – 7/2
"The Martian" – 4/1
"Jurassic World" – 9/1
"The Walk" – 16/1

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
"Inside Out" – 3/2
"Anomalisa" – 4/1
"Shaun the Sheep Movie" – 7/1
"The Good Dinosaur" – 7/1
"The Peanuts Movie" – 17/2

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"Amy" – 19/10
"The Look of Silence" – 10/3
"Cartel Land" – 15/2
"Going Clear" – 15/2
"He Named Me Malala" – 14/1

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Son of Saul" – 3/2
"Mustang" – 9/2
"Labyrinth of Lies" – 6/1
"The Brand New Testament" – 9/1
"A War" – 10/1

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
"If I Was God" – 12/5
"Sanjay's Super Team" – 10/3
"World of Tomorrow" – 9/2
"Bear Story" – 7/1
"Carface (Autos Portraits)" – 9/1

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
"Body Team 12" – 21/10
"A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" – 7/2
"Chau Beyond the Lines" – 6/1
"My Enemy My Brother" – 8/1
"The Testimony" – 12/1

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT
"Ave Maria" – 9/5
"Shok" – 7/2
"Day One" – 5/1
"Winter Light" – 8/1
"Stutterer" – 17/2

"Spotlight" photo credit: Open Road Films

"The Revenant" photo credit: Moviestore/REX

"Room" photo credit: A24 Films

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