Oscar predictions: ESPN anchor Adnan Virk predicts ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ will score 6, ‘The Revenant’ 5

Adnan Virk is one of the most visible anchors for ESPN and ESPN Radio, but his real passion is not sports but films. On any show he hosts, he’s constantly making topical movie references related to the stories of the day, especially when it comes to Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese.

For that reason, he recently joined us for a webchat (watch above) to discuss his Oscar predictions for the upcoming ceremony on February 28. Click here to see his full set of picks in all 24 categories.

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Recent victories at BAFTA and with the Directors Guild now have Virk predicting “The Revenant” to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Of that race, Virk says, “What I feel should win should be ‘Spotlight.’ I adored that film… It feels like ‘The Revenant’ has a bit more momentum and appeals to a broader base. It’s one of these classic revenge stories that’s very elemental and stark in that respect.”

In fact, Virk is counting on “The Revenant” to receive a total of five Oscars this year, with the others being for directing (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), lead actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), cinematography, and sound editing. However, the film with the most wins on his list is “Mad Max: Fury Road” with six: costume design, film editing, makeup and hairstyling, production design, sound mixing, and visual effects.

One category that Virk hopes he gets wrong is Best Supporting Actor, where he is picking Sylvester Stallone for “Creed.” He prefers pretty much any of the other contenders, especially Christian Bale (“The Big Short“), Tom Hardy (“The Revenant“), or Mark Ruffalo (‘Spotlight“). He says, “I don’t want to be the Grinch. I get that the Oscars are all about sentimentality, but the fact he is going to win an Oscar for ‘Creed’ does rankle me a little bit.”

Virk’s other two acting picks are Brie Larson (“Room“) for Best Actress and Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl“) for Best Supporting Actress. He does warn to look out for BAFTA and Golden Globe champ Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs“) in that showdown.

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