2016 Academy Award predictions: It’s all about Best Picture and ‘The Revenant’

The gut check awards season is about to a close

We’re here. An Oscar season filled with a seemingly competitive Best Picture race and a public backlash over a lack of diversity among the acting nominees is about to draw to a close. And, chances are, it won’t be remembered too fondly because of it.

When the 2016 awards season began – technically at the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals – I was still at HitFix about to embark on my own journey into the unknown (I left immediately after Toronto).  At the time there were few of us who believed “Mad Max: Fury Road” could be a Best Picture player (I was one of the ones that did and I still don’t believe Warner Bros was on board or they would have fought harder for an acting nod).  The idea that the Best Picture field could be filled with indies such as “Carol,” “Brooklyn” and “Room” was refreshing.  The real possibility that “Straight Outta Compton” could make the cut was uplifting.  And, moreover, the hope that Leonardo DiCaprio could hold off a social media explosion by winning his first Academy Award for “The Revenant” was bountiful.  Then the Academy announced the nominees.  The backlash, er, reaction wasn’t pretty.

Only a few days before the ceremony, the Academy has already put new rules and recruitment strategies into effect that they hope will eliminate the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag for good.  That is probably unlikely for the short term, but the actions from the studio executive suites – the real people responsible for the lack of diversity – means the long-term prospects are much, much better.  And yet, the Academy can’t seem to stop stepping on its own toes.

Today, transgender singer songwriter Anohni (credited as Antony Hegarty in the nominations) announced she was not going to attend the ceremony because she will not be allowed to perform.  That’s certainly significant because Anohni is the first known transgender nominee in the history of the Oscars.  Considering that globally recognized and Grammy Award winning South Korean Opera singer Sumi Jo was also not allowed to perform it simply makes the show’s producers and The Academy appear as though they are completely missing the big picture.  Change cannot just be about African American and Latino representation.  You have nominees of other minorities who are seriously underrepresented in the industry and you exclude them to save eight minutes?   It’s such a mistake and one can only hope host Chris Rock finds a way to address it during the show itself (will he bite the hand that feeds him to do so?).

Of course, there is a Best Picture race to discuss and it’s likely the only reason there will be any drama at the end of the telecast.  “The Big Short,” “Spotlight” and “The Revenant” have each won the top honor from the three major guilds: PGA, SAG and DGA.  I’m already on record that I thought the Best Picture race would come down to “Spotlight” vs. “The Revenant.” They both have two acting nominations including two of them were slightly unexpected (Tom Hardy for “The Revenant,” Rachel McAdams for “Spotlight”).  They also both have editing and directing nominations.  But, “The Revenant” – along with “Mad Max: Fury Road” – is dominant in the below the line craft honors.  Neither “Big Short” nor “Spotlight” found any love in below the line outside of editing.  Of course, “The Revenant” has its own historical red flags.  The film has no screenwriting nomination.  It didn’t win the PGA Award and the last time the PGA winner didn’t take Best Picture was in 2007 when “Little Miss Sunshine” lost to “The Departed.”  Both “The Revenant” and “Big Short” were also released in December.  There hasn’t been a Best Picture winner that hit theaters at the end of the race since “Million Dollar Baby” in 2005. Then again “The Revenant” also won BAFTA’s top prize although that is a dicey Oscar endorsement at best (“Boyhood” won last year).  And yet…

….I’m picking “The Revenant.”  At this point, it may not be the most beloved contender, but the combination of below the line and acting branch support should push it through.

Unless it doesn’t.

Keeping that in mind, here are my official picks for the 88th Academy Awards.

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Bryan Cranston in “Trumbo”
  • Matt Damon in “The Martian”
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”
  • Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”
  • Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”

Winner:  Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Should win:  Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Upset player: Cute
Nightmare win: Matt Damon, “The Martian”  (this happens and Damon ends up getting trolled on twitter for beating Leo more than he was last year for his comments on “Project Greenlight”)
Lowdown: I’ll be focused on DiCaprio’s reaction of faux surprise in the audience.  Could crack his top 5 all-time performances.

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Christian Bale in “The Big Short”
  • Tom Hardy in “The Revenant”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight”
  • Mark Rylance in “Bridge of Spies”
  • Sylvester Stallone in “Creed”

Winner: Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Should win: Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”
Upset player: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Nightmare win: None
Lowdown: There is a chance Rylance, Ruffalo or Bale could surprise, but Stallone has done almost everything he needed to in this campaign. He’s been incredibly humble, acting almost unworthy of the nomination. That should be enough.

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Cate Blanchett in “Carol”
  • Brie Larson in “Room”
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Joy”
  • Charlotte Rampling in “45 Years”
  • Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn”

Winner: Brie Larson, “Room”
Should win: Larson, Ronan or Rampling
Upset player: None
Nightmare win: None
Lowdown: In theory, this category should be more competitive, but Larson has this locked up just as much as Leonardo DiCaprio already has the Best Actor statue in his hand.

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight”
  • Rooney Mara in “Carol”
  • Rachel McAdams in “Spotlight”
  • Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl”
  • Kate Winslet in “Steve Jobs”

Winner: Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Should win: Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Upset player: Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Nightmare win: Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight” (love her but she’s not even the fourth best performance in the movie)
Lowdown: The pundits have been fishing for a category that might provide an upset and if the Best Picture race wasn’t so tight there would be more think pieces about this race than you can shake a stick at. That being said, Vikander is nominated for a movie that most of the Academy aren’t big fans of.  Of course, they aren’t in love with “Steve Jobs” or “Hateful Eight” either. There is scuttlebutt that Winslet could upset as she’s due for the two-time winner club and took the equivalent BAFTA honor, but Vikander was nominated for “Ex Machina” in that instance and won the SAG. At this point it simply appears Vikander will play the ingénue card and celebrate her first Oscar win (even if everyone really knows it’s really a lead performance).

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Anomalisa” Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson and Rosa Tran
  • “Boy and the World” Alê Abreu
  • “Inside Out” Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera
  • “Shaun the Sheep Movie” Mark Burton and Richard Starzak
  • “When Marnie Was There” Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Winner: “Inside Out”
Should win: “Inside Out”
Upset player: “Anomalisa” (in a parallel universe maybe)
Nightmare win: None
Lowdown: It would just be shocking if “Inside Out” lost this category.  Especially considering that many thought it would make the broader Best Picture field.

Achievement in cinematography

  • “Carol” Ed Lachman
  • “The Hateful Eight” Robert Richardson
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” John Seale
  • “The Revenant” Emmanuel Lubezki
  • “Sicario” Roger Deakins

Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki, “The Revenant”
Should win: John Seale, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Upset player: John Seale, “Mad Max: Fury Road” (and that’s a stretch)
Nightmare win: None
Lowdown: Lubezki will make history as the first Cinematographer to win this category three years in a row.  As much as I would personally vote for Seale you simply can’t dismiss Chivo’s incredible accomplishment. He’s already one of the all-time greats.

Achievement in costume design

  • “Carol” Sandy Powell
  • “Cinderella” Sandy Powell
  • “The Danish Girl” Paco Delgado
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” Jenny Beavan
  • “The Revenant” Jacqueline West

Winner: Jenny Beavan, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Should win: Sandy Powell, “Cinderella”
Upset player: Powell or Jacqueline West, “The Revenant”
Nightmare win: Paco Delgado, “The Danish Girl”
Lowdown:  This was absolutely one of the toughest categories to pick and will likely make or break many Oscar party pools on Sunday evening.  I wavered until the last minute, but believe Powell’s nods will cancel each other out and the visionary look of “Mad Max” will come out on top.  Then again, if “The Revenant” is as respected by the below the line community as we’re lead to believe it could easily surprise (as could Powell – maybe – for her gorgeous creations in “Cinderella”).

Achievement in directing

  • “The Big Short” Adam McKay
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” George Miller
  • “The Revenant” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  • “Room” Lenny Abrahamson
  • “Spotlight” Tom McCarthy

Winner: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, “The Revenant”
Should win: George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lenny Abrahmson, “Room”
Upset player: George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Nightmare win: Adam McKay, “The Big Short” (nothing personal, it’s just the least impressive direction of the nominees)
Lowdown: None of us really thought Iñárritu could go back-to-back and it looks like we’re very, very wrong.  He won BAFTA and he took the DGA.  There is a very significant chance Miller wins in an upset (it may be the one place the Academy can seriously recognize their “Fury Road” love), but at this point Iñárritu is the safer choice.

Best documentary feature

  • “Amy” Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees
  • “Cartel Land” Matthew Heineman and Tom Yellin
  • “The Look of Silence” Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • “What Happened, Miss Simone?” Liz Garbus, Amy Hobby and Justin Wilkes
  • “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” Evgeny Afineevsky and Den Tolmor

Winner: “Amy”
Should win: “The Look of Silence” or “Cartel Land”
Upset player: “What happened, Miss Simone?”
Nightmare win: None
Lowdown: Most Academy members vote for the documentary they have actually seen and in this case it’s likely Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees’s moving look at Amy Winehouse’s short time in the spotlight (a story many in The Academy believe they can relate to).  Now, while “Amy” seemed like a lock a month ago Netflix has spent a considerable amount of money on campaign advertising for “Miss Simone.”  It’s actually somewhat jaw dropping how much they’ve spent (local TV spots for pre-Super Bowl, Grammy Awards).  Sure, this helps promote that an Oscar nominated doc is on their streaming service but it may also encourage Academy members to actually watch the doc and that could affect the outcome (the nominees were determined by the branch itself).   Again, “Amy” should win, but it’s not necessarily a lock.

Best documentary short subject

  • “Body Team 12” David Darg and Bryn Mooser
  • “Chau, beyond the Lines” Courtney Marsh and Jerry Franck
  • “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah” Adam Benzine
  • “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • “Last Day of Freedom” Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman

Winner: “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah”
Should win: “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”
Upset player: “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”
Nightmare win: No one outside the five nominees cares enough
Lowdown: This is honestly always the toughest category to pick amongst the shorts. “Shoah” should win but…maybe “Girl in the River”?

Achievement in film editing

  • “The Big Short” Hank Corwin
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” Margaret Sixel
  • “The Revenant” Stephen Mirrione
  • “Spotlight” Tom McArdle
  • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

Winner: Margaret Sixel, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Should win: Margaret Sixel, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Upset players: Stephen Mirrione, “The Revenant” and Hank Corwin, “The Big Short”
Nightmare win: Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (because, really?)
Lowdown: This will be the true test during the show of how much the overall Academy respects “Mad Max.” If Sixel doesn’t win it likely means only a very hardcore group of members got it into the Best Picture race. If “Revenant,” “Spotlight” or “Big Short” upset  you have your Best Picture winner.

Best foreign language film of the year

  • “Embrace of the Serpent” Colombia
  • “Mustang” France
  • “Son of Saul” Hungary
  • “Theeb” Jordan
  • “A War” Denmark

Winner: “Son of Saul”
Should win: “Son of Saul”
Upset player: “Mustang” (maybe)
Nightmare win: “A War” (it’s just not that good)
Lowdown: “Saul” should be an easy win here as it’s the one foreign language picture general members have seen the most.

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
  • “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared” Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
  • “The Revenant” Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini

Winner: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Should win: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Upset win: Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini, “The Revenant”
Nightmare win: Love Larson and Eva von Bahr, “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared” (because then The Academy is just trolling us)
Lowdown: This is actually a tough call. Love for “The Revenant” may be strong enough to garner the win here, but my guess is the iconic work in Max should push it through.

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “Bridge of Spies” Thomas Newman
  • “Carol” Carter Burwell
  • “The Hateful Eight” Ennio Morricone
  • “Sicario” Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” John Williams

Winner: Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”
Should win: Carter Burwell, “Carol” or Jóhann Jóhannsson, “Sicario”
Upset player: John Williams, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
Nightmare win: Thomas Newman, “Bridge of Spies” (because it would just be silly considering the competition)
Lowdown: Can anyone really remember what the core from Quentin Tarantino’s thriller even sounded like?  Probably not, but the consensus is it’s time the legendary Morricone should finally get a well deserved competitive Academy Award.

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
    Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio
  • “Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction”
    Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty
  • “Simple Song #3” from “Youth”
    Music and Lyric by David Lang
  • “Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
    Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga
  • “Writing’s On The Wall” from “Spectre”
    Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith

Winner: “Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”
Should win: “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey”
Upset player: “Writing’s On The Wall”
Nightmare win: “Writing’s On The Wall” (not sure the world can handle Sam Smith’s ego at that point)
Lowdown: “Earned It” should really be the frontrunner and winner here. It’s a gorgeous song that has already earned a Grammy Award for best R&B performance. Unfortunately, we’re guessing most of the Academy is unaware of The Weeknd’s critical acclaim or breakout year. It also doesn’t help “Fifty Shades” is a movie they would likely never admit to seeing let alone vote for in any real context.  On the other hand, Diane Warren and Lady Gaga’s “Hunting Ground” has the Gaga publicity machine behind it. Gaga has been everywhere over the past few months from singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl to a David Bowie tribute at the Grammys and winning the Golden Globe for this category.  Granted, Academy members don’t see the names of the songwriters on the ballot (yes, it’s true), but Gaga’s barrage should give Warren her long overdue Oscar. Unless members check off Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On the Wall” from “SPECTRE” because it’s the only song they actually remember.  Clearly, this is one category you shouldn’t take a bathroom break for.

Achievement in production design

  • “Bridge of Spies” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Rena DeAngelo and Bernhard Henrich
  • “The Danish Girl” Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Michael Standish
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” Production Design: Colin Gibson; Set Decoration: Lisa Thompson
  • “The Martian” Production Design: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Celia Bobak
  • “The Revenant” Production Design: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Hamish Purdy

Winner: Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Should win: Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Upset player: Jack Fisk and Hamish Purdy, “The Revenant”
Nightmare win: None
Lowdown: Another tough below the line call this year. “Mad Max” should pull this out, but a “Revenant” sweep could change the narrative. It’s almost a flip ’em choice.

Best animated short film

  • “Bear Story” Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala
  • “Prologue” Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton
  • “Sanjay’s Super Team” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle
  • “We Can’t Live without Cosmos” Konstantin Bronzit
  • “World of Tomorrow Don Hertzfeldt

Winner: “Bear Story”
Should win: “World of Tomorrow”
Upset player: “World of Tomorrow”
Nightmare win: “Sanjay’s Super Team” (it would mean even the Animation branch will simply vote for any Pixar or Disney product which hasn’t been the case)
Lowdown:  The question here is whether the adorable craftsmanship of “Bear Story” trump the artistic ambitions of “World of Tomorrow”?  The most recent winners in this category have tended to line with the former.


Best live action short film

  • “Ave Maria” Basil Khalil and Eric Dupont
  • “Day One” Henry Hughes
  • “Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)” Patrick Vollrath
  • “Shok” Jamie Donoughue
  • “Stutterer” Benjamin Cleary and Serena Armitage

Winner: “Shok”
Should win: “Shok”
Upset player: “Ava Maria”
Nightmare win: None
Lowdown: “Shok” is such a good short that hits you in the gut in the final few moments. “Ava Maria” has some interesting observations about religion, but it still feels…slight. Still, it’s entertaining enough that it wouldn’t surprise me if “Ava” took the prize.


Achievement in sound editing

  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” Mark Mangini and David White
  • “The Martian” Oliver Tarney
  • “The Revenant” Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender
  • “Sicario” Alan Robert Murray
  • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Matthew Wood and David Acord

Winner: Martin Hernandez and Lon Bender, “The Revenant”
Should win: “The Revenant,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” or “Sicario” (too close to call)
Upset player: “Mad Max: Fury Road” or “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
Nightmare win: None
Lowdown: Both sound categories are a tough call this year.  It’s really between “The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” which is one reason why I’m hedging my bets and splitting them across the two honors (and hoping the voters do the same).

Achievement in sound mixing

  • “Bridge of Spies” Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Drew Kunin
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
  • “The Martian” Paul Massey, Mark Taylor and Mac Ruth
  • “The Revenant” Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom and Chris Duesterdiek
  • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

Winner: Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Should win: “The Revenant” or “Mad Max: Fury Road”  (too close to call)
Upset player: “The Revenant” or “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
Nightmare win: None
Lowdown: See above.


Achievement in visual effects

  • “Ex Machina” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams
  • “The Martian” Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner
  • “The Revenant” Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer
  • “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Winner: Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
Should win: “Ex Machina”
Upset player: “The Revenant” or “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Nightmare win: “The Martian” (considering the competition, sort of silly)
Lowdown: While the artistic merits of both “The Revenant’s” visual effects and “Mad Max’s” are impressive, it’s hard to believe the Academy is going to send the new box office record holder home empty handed. I mean, they may do that, but it just makes too much sense that they find a way to reward the blockbuster here.

Adapted screenplay

  • “The Big Short” Screenplay by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
  • “Brooklyn” Screenplay by Nick Hornby
  • “Carol” Screenplay by Phyllis Nagy
  • “The Martian” Screenplay by Drew Goddard
  • “Room” Screenplay by Emma Donoghue

Winner: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, “The Big Short”
Should win: “Room”
Upset player: “Room”
Nightmare win: None
Lowdown: These are all exemplary works.  Personally, I think “The Big Short” still has a number of big story problems in the context of a movie.  However, it is an adaptation from a book no one thought could ever really work at all as a film and it’s one reason why Randolph and McKay have won the equivalent WGA, the BAFTA and the USC Scripter honors for this category.  Of course, the Academy loves “Room” and a good chunk of them may find a way to reward Donoghue’s equally difficult task here. Still, hard to see an upset in this case.

Original screenplay

    • “Bridge of Spies” Written by Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
    • “Ex Machina” Written by Alex Garland
    • “Inside Out” Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
    • “Spotlight” Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
    • “Straight Outta Compton” Screenplay by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Winner: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
Should win: “Ex Machina”
Upset player: “Inside Out,” “Straight Outta Compton”
Nightmare win: “Bridge of Spies” (an upset and it’s not “Staight Outta” or “Inside”? That’s a public relations disaster)
Lowdown:  Like “Big Short,” “Spotlight” took the equivalent WGA and the BAFTA honors.  If “Inside Out” earned a Best Picture nomination it probably would be a much tighter race, but Oscar voters have shown their love for “Spotlight” overall and will reward it here.

Best motion picture of the year

  • “The Big Short” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
  • “Bridge of Spies” Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers
  • “Brooklyn” Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” Doug Mitchell and George Miller, Producers
  • “The Martian” Simon Kinberg, Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer and Mark Huffam, Producers
  • “The Revenant” Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent and Keith Redmon, Producers
  • “Room” Ed Guiney, Producer
  • “Spotlight” Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers

Winner: “The Revenant”
Should win: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Brooklyn,” “Spotlight”
Upset player: “The Big Short,” “Spotlight” (and maybe even “Room”)
Nightmare win: “Bridge of Spies” or “The Martian” (would be out of left field at this point)
Lowdown: Will we think it was really that close a race Monday morning?

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