‘Spotlight’ vs. ‘Joy’ vs. ‘The Martian’: Watch Oscar predictions slugfest by Gold Derby editors

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Who else is scratching their heads over this year’s tough Best Picture race? In our new video slugfest, Gold Derby’s editors come out swinging over what they think will win at the Oscars. Will it be presumed frontrunner “Spotlight,” the still-unseen “Joy,” out of this world “The Martian” or one of the other dozens of top contenders? (Watch the video below or click here if you are on a mobile device.)

Click here to watch our Editors’ Best Picture slugfest on YouTube 

“It is mid-November, we haven’t seen all the movies yet, but that doesn’t stop fearless Gold Derby from predicting the Oscar races,” website founder Tom O’Neil booms at the start of the round-table smackdown that includes executive editor Paul Sheehan, managing editor Chris Beachum and senior editors Daniel Montgomery and Marcus James Dixon.

While Sheehan and Montgomery make a case for “Spotlight,” a docudrama that details the work by the Boston Globe to expose the coverup by the local Catholic diocese of pedophile priests, the others prescribe a wait-and-see attitude for “Joy,” a new dramedy inspired by the life of a Long Island homemaker turned inventor.

Click here to watch Oscar prediction smackdown by Tom O’Neil vs. Pete Hammond (Deadline)

Among the other topics they debate: Will box office sensation “The Martian” win Best Picture as well as Best Director for legendary helmer Ridley Scott? Might “Steve Jobs” be hurt by its low ticket sales? Will “Spotlight” or “Straight Outta Compton” win the early critics’ prizes? And could this be a monumental year for female-driven films thanks to “Joy,” “Room,” “The Danish Girl,” “Carol,” “Brooklyn,” “Inside Out” and “Suffragette“?

Check out O’Neil’s individual Oscar predictions here, Sheehan’s here, Beachum’s here, Montgomery’s here and Dixon’s here. 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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