Oscar predictions: ‘The Revenant’ will win Best Picture

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The Revenant” is the frontrunner with odds of 4/7 to win Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (who won last year for “Birdman“), this is the story of legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) who gets left for dead by his own hunting team after a horrific bear attack in the 1820s.

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Our official odds are derived from the predictions of 27 Expert film journalists along with our seven in-house Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s Oscars, the All-Star Users who did the best for the past two years combined and the thousands of entrants in our prediction contest who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.

Twenty of our 27 experts think “The Revenant” will prevail: Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Tim Gray (Variety), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tariq Khan (Fox New), Jack Mathews (Gold Derby), Michael Musto (Out.com), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Christopher Rosen (Entertainment Weekly), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Brian Truitt (USA Today), Adnan Virk (ESPN), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).

The four experts backing “The Big Short” are: Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Nicole Sperling (EW), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) and Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times).

And the three experts predicting “Spotlight” are: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post) and Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood).

Among the seven editors, all seven are forecasting “The Revenant”: Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, Matt Noble, Tom O’Neil and Paul Sheehan.

Also predicting “The Revenant” to win are 12 of our Top 24 Users and 15 of our All-Star Users. Backing “The Big Short” are eight of the Top 24 and seven All-Stars. Three of the Top 24 and two All-Stars are voting for “Spotlight,” while one of the Top 24 goes out on a limb for “Room.”

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Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company

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