Experts’ Oscar predictions: ‘The Revenant’ & ‘Spotlight’ now tied for Best Picture, ‘The Big Short’ in second

The Revenant,” which leads with 12 Oscar nominations, and six-time contender “Spotlight” are now tied for first place in the race for Best Picture according to our Oscar experts. Fourteen journalists from leading publications like Entertainment Weekly and Huffington Post have weighed in with their predictions. Six of them are backing “The Revenant,” which won three Golden Globes last Sunday and another six are touting “Spotlight,” which was named Best Picture at the Critics’ Choice Awards this Sunday. Both films have odds of 3/2 to prevail on Oscar Sunday (February 28). Our other two experts are predicting”The Big Short,” a late entry into the race that racked up five nominations and now has odds of 6/1 to win.

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Ten-time Oscar nominee “Mad Max: Fury Road” dominated the Critics’ Choice Awards, winning nine awards. It now has odds of 50/1 to take the top prize at the Oscars. And its helmer, George Miller, has just moved into first place over Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“The Revenant”) for Best Director. 

The Martian, which contends in seven Oscar categories but not Best Director, has odds of 80/1 as does “Room” (4 nominations). “Bridge of Spies” (6 nominations) and “Brooklyn” (3 nominations) are at 100/1. 

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The six pundits picking “The Revenant” to prevail are: Edward Douglas (Comingsoon), Michael Musto (, Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood/ Indiewire), Susan Wloszczyna ( and me.

The six backing “Spotlight” for the win are Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Jack Mathews (Gold Derby), Christopher Rosen (Entertainment Weekly) and Brian Truitt (USA Today). 

And the two touting “The Big Short” for Best Picture are Tim Gray (Variety) and Sasha Stone (Awards Daily). 

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Our Experts are predicting that “The Revenant” will win two other Oscars: Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Cinematography. 

“Mad Max: Fury Road” is expected to take home seven Oscars: Director (George Miller), Film Editing, Makeup & Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. 

“Spotlight” will claim one other award: Original Screenplay. 

“The Big Short” will win one: Adapted Screenplay. 

“Room” is  predicted to win Actress for Brie Larson while “Creed” will land Supporting Actor (Sylvester Stallone) and “Carol” will net Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara). 

“Cinderella” is forecast for Costume Design, “The Hateful Eight” is ahead for Score and “The Hunting Ground” is tipped for Song.

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Photos: “The Revenant” (Fox); “Spotlight” (Open Road); “The Big Short” (Paramount)

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