Indie Spirit Awards predictions cheat sheet: You should predict ‘Spotlight,’ Brie Larson, Idris Elba …

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Looking for a handy cheat sheet before entering our contest to predict Saturday’s Independent Spirit 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).

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These official odds are derived from the predictions of Experts we’ve polled from top media outlets, Gold Derby Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s Spirit Award winners and more than 1,000 of total Users who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.

Remember that coming out on top doesn’t just mean making the correct predictions. You also have to use your three big bets (one of 500 points and two of 200 points) strategically to score the most game points. If you bet on a long shot who pulls off an upset, you can really rack up the points. As we use those point totals to break ties when more than one user tops our leaderboard with the same number of correct predictions, don’t take them for granted.

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BEST PICTURE
“Spotlight” – 2/9
“Carol” – 7/1
“Anomalisa” – 33/1
“Beasts of No Nation” – 50/1
“Tangerine” – 80/1

BEST DIRECTOR
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight” – 1/2
Todd Haynes, “Carol” – 10/3
Cary Joji Fukunaga, “Beasts of No Nation” – 25/1
Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, “Anomalisa” – 50/1
Sean Baker, “Tangerine” – 80/1
David Robert Mitchell, “It Follows” – 100/1

BEST ACTOR
Abraham Attah, “Beasts of No Nation” – 10/11
Jason Segel, “The End of the Tour” – 3/2
Christopher Abbott, “James White” – 22/1
Ben Mendelsohn, “Mississippi Grind” – 40/1
Koudous Seihon, “Mediterranea” – 100/1

BEST ACTRESS
Brie Larson, “Room” – 1/10
Rooney Mara, “Carol” – 22/1
Cate Blanchett, “Carol” – 40/1
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, “Tangerine” – 80/1
Bel Powley, “Diary of a Teenage Girl” – 80/1

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation” – 2/11
Paul Dano, “Love and Mercy” – 11/1
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes” – 22/1
Kevin Corrigan, “Results” – 66/1
Richard Jenkins, “Bone Tomahawk” – 80/1

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Anomalisa” – 5/6
Mya Taylor, “Tangerine” – 9/5
Cynthia Nixon, “James White” – 11/1
Marin Ireland, “Glass Chin” – 66/1
Robin Bartlett, “H.” – 100/1

BEST SCREENPLAY
“Spotlight” – 2/9
“Anomalisa” – 7/1
“Carol” – 33/1
“The End of the Tour” – 66/1
“Bone Tomahawk” – 80/1

BEST FIRST FEATURE
“Diary of a Teenage Girl” – 2/7
“James White” – 11/2
“Mediterranea” – 33/1
“Manos Sucias” – 40/1
“Songs My Brother Taught Me” – 80/1

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
“Room” – 2/11
“Diary of a Teenage Girl” – 9/1
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” – 28/1
“Mediterranea” – 66/1
“The Mend” – 100/1

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Carol” – 1/4
“Beasts of No Nation” – 6/1
“It Follows” – 28/1
“Meadowland” – 66/1
“Songs My Brother Taught Me” – 100/1

BEST EDITING
“Spotlight” – 4/11
“Room” – 9/2
“It Follows” – 18/1
“Heaven Knows What” – 40/1
“Manos Sucias” – 100/1

Indie Spirit Awards predictions: Will ‘Spotlight’ fend off ‘Carol’ to win Best Picture?

Make your own Spirit Award predictions beginning with Best Picture to the right or below. Just log into your Gold Derby account (or you can register for a free account via Facebook, Twitter or Google) and then start casting your votes.

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