Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’: Oscar experts make loud predictions for Best Picture, Best Director

Now that Martin Scorsese‘s new film “Silence” has been added to our Oscars predictions center, our experts derived from major media outlets are anything but silent. In fact, four Oscarologists now loudly predict the Paramount Pictures film will be nominated for both Best Picture and Best Director. Do you agree? Vote in our poll below.

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The four experts who think “Silence” will be nominated for Best Picture are: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) and Susan Wloszczyna ( This brings the film up to 66/1 odds according to the experts’ combined predictions. See more Oscar rankings from our experts right here.

Meanwhile, Michael Musto ( joins Adams, Eng and Stone in thinking Scorsese will earn his ninth Best Director bid. He won for directing “The Departed” (2006) and was also nominated for helming “Raging Bull” (1980), “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988), “Goodfellas” (1990), “Gangs of New York” (2002), “The Aviator” (2004), “Hugo” (2011) and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013).

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“Silence” will be released in limited theaters on Dec. 23 before going wide in January. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Shusaku Endo and tells the story of Jesuit priests who face persecution when they visit Japan to spread the teachings of Christianity. It stars Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”), Adam Driver (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Ciaran Hinds (“Game of Thrones”) and Oscar nominee Liam Neeson (“Schindler’s List”).

The screenplay is by Jay Cocks, an Oscar nominee for writing Scorsese’s previous films “The Age of Innocence” (1993) and “Gangs of New York.” Also behind the camera, cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto was an Oscar contender for lensing “Brokeback Mountain”; costume and production designer Dante Ferretti has won three Oscars (“The Aviator,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Hugo”); and editor Thelma Schoonmaker also has three Oscars for cutting Scorsese pictures (“Raging Bull,” “The Aviator” and “The Departed”).

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