Oscar prediction smackdown: Pete Hammond (Deadline) vs. Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) on Best Actor

If you thought Deadline wag Pete Hammond and I got fiesty while dishing the Oscar race for Best Picture (watch that video), be prepared for a knock-down clash in our newest video on Best Actor. Watch below — or click this link to view at YouTube if you’re on a mobile device.

Sure, we haven’t seen “The Revenant” yet, so it’s tough to size up the realistic hopes of Leonardo DiCaprio to finally catch up with elusive academy gold after five defeats (four for acting, one for producing). But that doesn’t stop me from trying — or Pete from decrying the lunacy of the attempt.

Watch Pete Hammond and Tom O’Neil clash over Oscar predictions for Best Picture

Grab a ringside seat as we also come out swinging over the odds on many performances we have seen like Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”), Matt Damon (“The Martian”), Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”) and more. The discussion is based upon the rankings and odds of Gold Derby’s 22 pundits from leading media. Here you can see how the experts rank contenders according to likelihood of winning. Click here to make your early predictions now; change them later as often as you wish. You’ll compete to win our contest prizes for best picks: $500 (first place), $300 (second place) and $200 (third place) in Amazon gift certificates. See contest rules.

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