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During my recent webcam chat with Gold Derby editors Daniel Montgomery and Paul Sheehan (watch above), I lay out my findings as to the success rate of the 10 most recent Best Picture winners at various precursor prizes. As detailed in this post, there were 35 boxes representing key races at these and the Oscars. On average, the Best Picture winner checked off 27 of these. Click here to read more about my research.
Let's apply my theory to see how this year’s eight Best Picture nominees are doing so far.
This year, we have seen key precursor prizes award Best Picture (or its equivalent) to three different films. The Critics' Choice and SAG went for for "Spotlight," the Golden Globes and DGA opted for "The Revenant" and the PGA picked "The Big Short." This is all terribly exciting but if you’re an Oscar pundit, it’s a dangerous time.
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'Carol' composer Carter Burwell on his first Oscar nomination & academy's embrace of the new (Exclusive Video)
"A couple of decades ago I stopped waiting for it to happen," says "Carol" composer Carter Burwell about earning his first Oscar nomination for Best Score. In our recent video chat (watch above, or click here), he discusses what it's like to finally be recognized by the academy after decades of scoring awards contenders like "Fargo," "Adaptation," "No Country for Old Men" and many more.
BAFTA predictions cheat sheet: You should predict 'The Revenant,' Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson ...
Looking for a handy cheat sheet before entering our contest to predict Sunday's BAFTA Awards for a chance to win $100 and a place of honor on our leaderboard? Then take a look at our racetrack odds below. The predicted winners are indicated in gold (be sure to click on each category title for an in-depth look at that race).
In our latest Gold Derby editors' slugfest (watch above), we panic over this Sunday's BAFTA Awards and how they will affect the Oscars. "The Big Short" took the Producers Guild of America prize for Best Picture, "Spotlight" won Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards and "The Revenant" won the top prize at the DGA Awards. According to our racetrack odds, BAFTA will also go to "The Revenant." If so, how will that affect an already uncertain Best Picture contest?
Grammy predictions: Taylor Swift will sweep with 5 wins, followed by Kendrick Lamar (4), Alabama Shakes (3)
The 30 Grammy categories we're predicting for the kudosfest on Monday, February 15, include all seven of Taylor Swift's nominations, and we're betting she'll dominate with five wins, including Album of the Year ("1989") and Song of the Year ("Blank Space"). It would be her second win for Album (following "Fearless" in 2009), and it would be historic: no female artist has ever won twice for her own album (others have won multiple times as featured artists).
Hulu's new limited series "11.22.63" is a genre fan's dream come true as sci-fi/horror titans J.J. Abrams ("Lost," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens") and Stephen King ("The Shining," "The Stand") come together for the first time. In their eight-part series, airing Mondays on Hulu beginning President's Day, James Franco embarks on a wildly entertaining yet heroic quest to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
We are predicting that “Mad Max: Fury Road” could well win the most BAFTAs on Sunday, despite it being snubbed for Best Picture and Best Director. It is favoured to win at least four of the craft awards: Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects. And our users give it the edge for Best Film Editing (our experts and editors are predicting “The Big Short” will win that race). It also contends for Cinematography and Costume Design but is expected to lose those races to "The Revenant" and "Carol" respectively.
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