‘Spotlight’ wins Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer

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As predicted, “Spotlight” won Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars on Sunday. This film was Gold Derby’s frontrunner with odds of 1/10 to prevail. It is the first career wins for Josh Singer and writer/director Tom McCarthy, who also earned a bid for penning the original script for “Up” (2009).

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Our official odds are derived from the predictions of 28 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.

Twenty-seven of our 28 experts thought “Spotlight” would prevail: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Edward Douglas (Weekend Warrior), Joyce Eng (TV Guide), Tim Gray (Variety), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tariq Khan (Fox New), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Jack Mathews (Gold Derby), Michael Musto (Out.com), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Christopher Rosen (Entertainment Weekly), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Nicole Sperling (EW), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Brian Truitt (USA Today), Adnan Virk (ESPN), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).

The lone holdout was Piya Sinha-Roy (Reuters), who thought “Straight Outta Compton” would upset in this category.

Among the seven editors, all seven were forecasting “Spotlight”: Chris Beachum, Marcus James Dixon, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, Matt Noble, Tom O’Neil and Paul Sheehan.

Also predicting “Spotlight” to win were 24 of our Top 24 Users.

And all 24 of our All-Star Users predicted “Spotlight.”

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