Oscar predictions: ‘Bridge of Spies’ will receive at least 5 nominations including Best Picture

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Disney’s “Bridge of Spies” is the frontrunner to win Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars for scene-stealer Mark Rylance, but our experts drawn from major media outlets think that’s just the beginning of this film’s accolades. These 24 Hollywood insiders who cover the Oscar beat year-round predict that Steven Spielberg‘s Cold War-era spy thriller will earn at least five nominations overall including Best Picture. Scroll down to see the film’s racetrack odds for each of its likely Oscar bids.

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Best Picture
Bridge of Spies” is in ninth place to win Best Picture according to our Oscar experts. They give it odds of 18/1, way ahead of 10th place contender “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (40/1 odds). Their #1 pick to win the top prize is still “Spotlight,” which enjoys leading 9/2 odds and has the support of 22 out of 24 experts.

Best Supporting Actor
After receiving nominations from all three major precursors — Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards — Rylance shot to the top of our experts’ Best Supporting Actor chart with 3/1 odds. He currently has the backing of eight experts in this tough race, just ahead of closest rival Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”) who has five experts predicting him to win. See right-hand chart.

Best Original Screenplay
The original script by Matt Charman and Ethan & Joel Coen is in fourth place (10/1 odds) according to our experts. The three screenplays that “Bridge of Spies” must watch out for are “Spotlight” (17/10 odds), “Inside Out” (9/2 odds) and “The Hateful Eight” (6/1 odds).

Best Production Design
Production designer Adam Stockhausen is the defending Oscar champ for last year’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Our experts give him 7/1 odds to repeat for “Bridge of Spies,” good enough for third place behind both “Mad Max: Fury Road” (11/5 odds) and “Carol” (5/1 odds).

Best Score
Composer Thomas Newman is well-known in the Oscar history books for having been nominated a whopping 12 times without a single win. Will “Bridge of Spies” be his ticket to the Oscar podium? Our experts place the film’s musical score in fifth place (10/1 odds), behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (13/5 odds), “The Hateful Eight” (4/1 odds), “Carol” (6/1 odds) and “Inside Out” (13/2 odds).

On the Bubble
“Bridge of Spies” has competitive odds in two additional categories, though it just misses out of our experts’ Top 5 for both. It comes in sixth place for Best Cinematography (14/1 odds) and seventh place for Best Film Editing (25/1 odds). And Spielberg and lead actor Tom Hanks also shouldn’t be discounted as they are both academy favorites.

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