Despite receiving the most Oscar nominations this year, both “The Revenant” (12 noms) and “Mad Max: Fury Road” (10 bids) face an uphill battle to win Best Picture. Each was snubbed by the writers branch, and only seven movies have claimed the top prize at the Oscars without a corresponding bid for either Original or Adapted Screenplay. Scroll through our gallery by clicking here or the photo above.
Of the eight films to make the Best Picture lineup this year, six are also nominated in the screenplay categories. “Bridge of Spies” and “Spotlight” contend for Best Original Screenplay, while “The Big Short,” “Brooklyn,” “The Martian” and “Room” fight it out for Best Adapted Screenplay.
“Titanic” (1997) is the most recent example of a Best Picture champ that got snubbed for its screenplay, while “The Sound of Music” (1965) and “Hamlet” (1948) are the only other examples from the past 80 years.
Despite the fact that Oscar history is not on the side of “The Revenant” or “Mad Max,” many of our expert journalists, in-house staff editors and contest entrants like you still rank both films in their Top 4 for what will win Best Picture.
As of this writing, “The Revenant” (27/20 odds) is the frontrunner to win the top prize based on our combined predictions, followed by “Spotlight” (3/2 odds) in second place.
“The Big Short” comes in third place with 10/1 odds, while “Mad Max” is in fourth with odds of 40/1 odds. “The Martian” (66/1), “Bridge of Spies” (80/1) and “Brooklyn” (100/1) round out the category. See more up-to-date Oscar odds and rankings right here.
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