Oscar show preview 2016: What will win?

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The Academy Awards takes place on Sunday, Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and airs live on ABC at 5:30 pm PT/8:30 pm ET. After an 11-year absence, Chris Rock is making an encore apperance as host of the 88th annual edition of this kudofest. Only two films will win multiple prizes according to our racetrack odds: “The Revenant” will take four of its 12 races, including Best Picture. But “Mad Max: Fury Road” will be the biggest winner with six victories from 10 nominations.

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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 in a row for cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.

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 other acting categories, Brie Larson (Best Actress, “Room“), Sylvester Stallone (Best Supporting Actor, “Creed“) and Alicia Vikander (Best Supporting Actress, “The Danish Girl“) are favored. 

Two other contenders for Best Picture — “Spotlight“xand “The Big Short” — will win the original and adapted screenplay races respectively. 

The documentary “The Hunting Ground” will take Best Song for “Til It Happens to You,” penned by Lady Gaga and eight-time Oscar-nominee Diane Warren. And 2006 honorary Oscar recipient Ennio Morricone will finally win a competitive award for his score to “The Hateful Eight.”

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