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Oscars 2017: IndieWire, Variety, Deadline and Gold Derby’s Awards Pundits Debate Predictions

IndieWire’s Anne Thompson, Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil, Variety’s Tim Gray and Deadline’s Pete Hammond debate how many Oscars will “La La Land” win, Best Actor and more.

Before voting for the 2017 Oscar winners begins, IndieWire’s Anne Thompson joined  up with Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil, Variety’s Tim Gray and Deadline’s Pete Hammond to debate their Oscar picks. 

The awards editors tackle the top eight races by answering: how many Oscars will “La La Land” take home? The Damien Chazelle musical received a record-tying 14 nominations, including Best Director, Best Actress and Actor. While all agree that the film will take a handful of trophies home, everyone’s numbers on how many vary.

READ MORE: Full 2017 Oscar Nominations List: ‘La La Land’ Ties All-Time Record With 14 Nominations

Also under discussion was the Best Actor race, which heated up after Denzel Washington took home the SAG Award last weekend. The foursome took a look at early frontrunner Casey Affleck’s odds in the top male category. 

Also included in their 19-minute conversation were Thompson, O’Neil, Gray and Hammond’s predictions for the Best Actress, “Arrival’s” chances at winning the top craft categories, and what kind of message – if any – the Academy would be sending with their winners.

The 89th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on February 26, 2017.

READ MORE: 2017 Oscars Supercut Video Threads Together This Year’s Nominees – Watch

To see all of IndieWire’s 2017 Oscar predictions, click here. For the latest from Thompson on Hollywood, click here.

The video is Part 1 of a two-part discussion, check it out below:

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