As predicted, “The Hateful Eight” won Best Score at the Oscars on Sunday. This film was Gold Derby’s frontrunner with odds of 2/13 to prevail. This is the first Oscar victory for Ennio Morricone in a competetive category, though he did earn an honorary trophy in 2007.
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 “The Hateful Eight” 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), Piya Sinha-Roy (Reuters), Nicole Sperling (EW), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Brian Truitt (USA Today), Adnan Virk (ESPN), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
Among the seven editors, six were forecasting “The Hateful Eight”: Marcus James Dixon, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, Matt Noble, Tom O’Neil and Paul Sheehan. The outlier was Chris Beachum, who thought “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” would win on John Williams‘ 50th nomination.
Also predicting “The Hateful Eight” to win were 23 of our Top 24 Users, with the other vote going to “Star Wars.”
And all 24 of our All-Star Users predicted “The Hateful Eight.”
Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company