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

Deadline Oscar wag Pete Hammond is too sly to be nailed down on his predictions this early in derby season, but he still has strong opinions about our experts’ opinions and about which films may or may not be out front for Best Picture.

Click here to watch Pete Hammond vs. Tom O’Neil video on YouTube 

In this first of a series of (often ferocious) videos, Pete and I clash over our views of the experts’ rankings. (Watch video here.) “Spotlight” really out front for Best Picture? Is it too ridiculously early to place racetrack odds on still-unseen “The Revenant” and “Joy”? (“No!” I say. “Yes!” Pete roars.)

Check out the experts’ Oscar odds here and see how they each rank contenders. Then make your own early predictions now and change them later as often as you wish. If you reap one of the top three scores forecasting nominations, you can win our top contest prizes: $500, $300 or $200 Amazon gift certificates. See contest rules.

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