Oscar predictions: ‘The Revenant’ will win 4 including Best Picture, ‘Mad Max’ to take 6

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Only two films will win multiple prizes at Sunday night’s Oscars according to our racetrack odds: “The Revenant” will take four, including Best Picture, but “Mad Max: Fury Road” will be the biggest winner with six victories.

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Those odds are based on the combined predictions of 27 Expert film journalists along with our seven in-house Editors who cover awards year-round, the Top 24 Users who got the top scores predicting last year’s Oscars, the All-Star Users who did the best for the past two years combined and the thousands of entrants in our prediction contest who make up the largest (and often savviest) bloc of predictors.

In addition to Best Picture, “The Revenant” is forecast to win Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Best Cinematography. It would be the first win for DiCaprio after five previous Oscar losses, but it would be the second consecutive award for Inarritu after taking Best Picture and Best Director last year for “Birdman” as well. And it would be a third win in a row for cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.

But the tour-de-force actioner “Mad Max” will sweep the below-the-line categories. We’re betting on it to win Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hiarstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. The only craft races it’s expected to lose are Cinematography (to “Revenant”) and Visual Effects (to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens“).

In the remaining acting categories, Brie Larson (Best Actress, “Room“), Sylvester Stallone (Best Supporting Actor, “Creed“) and Alicia Vikander (Best Supporting Actress, “The Danish Girl“) will be the only victories for their respective films.

In the writing categories, “Spotlight” (Original Screenplay) and “The Big Short” (Adapted Screenplay) will pick up their only victories.

The documentary “The Hunting Ground” will take Best Song for “Til It Happens to You,” written by Lady Gaga and eight-time Oscar-nominee Diane Warren. And Ennio Morricone will take Best Score for “The Hateful Eight“; it will be the first competitive win for Morricone, who won an Honorary Oscar in 2006.

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Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Production Design
Best Sound Editing
Best Sound Mixing

“The Revenant”
Best Picture
Best Director – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Best Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Cinematography

Best Documentary Feature

“Ave Maria”
Best Live Action Short

The Big Short
Best Adapted Screenplay

“Body Team 12”
Best Documentary Short

Best Supporting Actor – Sylvester Stallone

The Danish Girl
Best Supporting Actress – Alicia Vikander

The Hateful Eight
Best Score

The Hunting Ground
Best Song – “Til it Happens to You

“Inside Out”
Best Animated Feature

Best Actress – Brie Larson

“Sanjay’s Super Team”
Best Animated Short

“Son of Saul”
Best Foreign Language Film

Best Original Screenplay

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best Visual Effects

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Photo credits: “Mad Max” by Warner Bros. Pictures; “The Revenant” by 20th Century Fox

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