Oscar Predictions PANIC! Michael Musto vs. Jeff Wells vs. Tom O’Neil

“I’m going with ‘Roma’ to win” the Oscar for Best Picture, harrumphs Michael Musto (NewNowNext), “with ‘Green Book’ on the outside as a close runner-up.” Jeff Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere) and Tom O’Neil agree, but for different reasons. Watch our video slugfest above or listen to the audio podcast version below.

Beware: We don’t yet know the winners of the SAG, BAFTA and DGA Awards, so we’re sizing up the derby with only the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice tea leaves. But that doesn’t fluster three diehard Oscarologists like these guys, who bark with sassy authority.

“I don’t think there’s stopping Mahershala Ali” (“Green Book”) in the race for Best Supporting Actor, insists Jeff. “He’s been ahead since the get-go. I’d like to see Richard E. Grant win because I loved him in that role more than just about anyone else.”

Tom lobbies hard to trumpet my prediction that Lady Gaga will win Best Actress, getting crowned queen of Hollywood officially just like Jennifer Lawrence did for “Silver Linings Playbook” soon after her big box office success in “Hunger Games.”

But Michael, quite huffily, disagrees, roaring, “It’s time for Glenn Close to get the freakin’ Oscar and everyone knows it! … Glenn Close plays a character who deserves the award that someone else gets. And she’s getting it this time. There is no chance for Lady Gaga!”

See Michael’s latest Oscar picks here. Tom’s here. Jeff will be piping in soon. See how our Best Actress rankings differ from 13 other leading Oscarologists. Twelve out of 15 Experts pick Close to win, one says Gaga (me!) and two pick Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”). See latest racetrack odds in all 24 categories based upon the Experts’ picks.

Disagree? Make your predictions here and compete against our Experts and Editors to prove that you are the smartest prognosticator on the planet!

BELOW: Audio podcast version of our chat. Or listen at iTunes, Spotify, Libsyn, Google Play or Stitcher where you can subscribe to our channel.

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