Oscar predictions battle: Pete Hammond vs. Tom O’Neil on Best Picture

When it comes to making Oscar predictions, Pete Hammond and I often clash, but we agree with the vast majority of other pundits at Gold Derby: “La La Land” is way out front to win Best Picture. See Experts’ predictions here, their latest Oscar racetrack odds here.

“At least on paper right now, I would bet on ‘La La Land’ for sure,” Pete says in our webcam chat. “It’s got that old Hollywood feel to it, but a very contemporary feel to it, too. It’s a musical. It’s time for another musical. It makes you feel good. It’s exquisitely made.”

Watch our full chat above to see how we size up other leading rivals for the top Academy Award: “Manchester by the Sea,” “Moonlight,” “Silence,” “Fences” and more. We disagree strongly on “Jackie.” I think it’s got a great shot at being nominated. Pete says no.

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