Oscar predictions: ‘The Hateful Eight’ will win Best Score for composer Ennio Morricone

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The Hateful Eight” is the frontrunner with odds of 1/5 to win Best Score at the Oscars on Sunday. This would be the first Oscar victory for Ennio Morricone in a competetive category, though he did earn an honorary trophy in 2007.

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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-five of our 27 experts think “The Hateful Eight” will prevail: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tariq Khan (Fox New), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), 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), Nicole Sperling (EW), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Brian Truitt (USA Today), Adnan Virk (ESPN), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).

Meanwhile, Tim Gray (Variety) goes out on a limb for “Carol” while Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) predicts an upset by “Sicario.”

Among the seven editors, six are forecasting “The Hateful Eight”: Marcus James Dixon, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, Matt Noble, Tom O’Neil and Paul Sheehan. The outlier is Chris Beachum, who supports a win for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” being that it’s John Williams‘ 50th Oscar nomination.

Also predicting “The Hateful Eight” to win are 22 of our Top 24 Users and all 24 of our All-Star Users. Backing “Carol” is one of the Top 24. And one of the Top 24 forecasts “Star Wars.”

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Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company

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