2016 crystal ball

Next year will be an important one for the U.S. as Americans head to the polls to pick a new president. But there is plenty more going on aside from politics – the summer Olympics takes place in Rio de Janeiro, and of course there are annual sports and entertainment contests like the Oscars, World Series and Super Bowl.

So, who will come out on top? We asked 13 CNN commentators and regular Opinion contributors to fearlessly state their predictions for eight events. And if you think someone really nailed it -- or you just want to disagree -- you can click the share button at the bottom of their responses, on Facebook and Twitter. (We’ll take a look this time next year to see who got closest).

In the meantime, here are our contributors’ predictions – some expected, some bold, and sometimes, well, they admit they just had no idea at all:

Paul Callan

CNN legal analyst

@PaulCallan

Who will be elected U.S. president on November 8?

Donald Trump​. He wins because he will say anything as long as it resonates with his "silent majority" base. He will roll right over Hillary just like he did with Jeb.

Who will come in second in the presidential race?

Hillary Clinton​.

Which nation will win the most medals at the 2016 Olympics?

Team USA​.

What movie will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

The Revenant. Leo is long overdue, and he reportedly ate raw buffalo meat to make it real.

Who will win the Super Bowl?

New England Patriots.

Who will win the men's final at Wimbledon? Who will win the women's final?

Novak Djokovic​ and​ Serena Williams​.

Who will win the World Series?

Chicago Cubs.

What will be the closing level for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the last day of 2016?

The Dow Jones will be 7.5% higher than the close on 12.22.15. Closing number on the last day of 2016 wil be: 18 ​,​ 723.56. Wall Street craves stability. When the Donald wins, the market will fall but rebound strongly on announcement of cabinet choices and sensible economic policies.

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Maria Cardona

CNN political commentator

@MariaTCardona

Who will be elected U.S. president on November 8?

Hillary Clinton will be elected president in 2016.

Who will come in second in the presidential race?

Donald Trump, or Ted Cruz will be the GOP nominee and come in second. So far, nothing has been able to pull down Trump from his massive leads nationally and in most key states.

Which nation will win the most medals at the 2016 Olympics?

The United States.

What movie will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

"Spotlight" will win Best Picture.

Who will win the Super Bowl?

The Carolina Panthers will win the Super Bowl. But really, I just want to see what dance Cam Newton will do when they win!

Who will win the men's final at Wimbledon? Who will win the women's final?

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.

Who will win the World Series?

The Washington Nationals.

What will be the closing level for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the last day of 2016?

The Dow Jones will top 18,000 by the end of 2016.

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Danny Cevallos

CNN legal analyst

@CevallosLaw

Who will be elected U.S. president on November 8?

Hillary Clinton.

Who will come in second in the presidential race?

Marco Rubio.

Which nation will win the most medals at the 2016 Olympics?

The United States. But if Steve Harvey is in charge of medal ceremonies, anything could happen.

What movie will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

"Spotlight." Because strangely enough, after a day at work in the news business, I really enjoyed watching a film about…the news business. That means it’s pretty darn good.

Who will win the Super Bowl?

My “lockzilla” is the Carolina Panthers, at plus-375. Actually, I picked them really only because I like the color Carolina blue. I don’t know what plus-375 even means. I just googled it.

Who will win the men's final at Wimbledon? Who will win the women's final?

Wimbledon? I grew up in a tiny town in Western Michigan. If Wimbledon isn’t an ice fishing competition, I won’t be much help. If it is an ice fishing competition, then: Randy from down by the lake. But I’m now being told Wimbledon is tennis. In that case, Andy Murray, and Serena Williams.

Who will win the World Series?

The Cubs. Partly because they have a chance, but partly because the last time they won, radio and TV weren’t invented yet, and “tweeting” was just shouting in the town square.

What will be the closing level for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the last day of 2016?

16,000. Dear Department of Justice: the preceding was just a prediction. I have no insider information.

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SE Cupp

CNN political commentator

@secupp

Who will be elected U.S. president on November 8?

Hillary Clinton. With Donald Trump and Ted Cruz rising, it's looking increasingly like Republican voters are determined to hand Clinton the White House. I'm hoping voters come to their senses soon and get behind someone like Marco Rubio or Chris Christie, either of whom could easily defeat her.

Who will come in second in the presidential race?

Ted Cruz. I refuse to have such little faith in my conservative brothers and sisters that they will actually nominate a carnival barker like Trump. I would, however, not be surprised if Cruz proved more enduring. In which case, he will lose to Clinton.

Which nation will win the most medals at the 2016 Olympics?

The United States of America, obviously. The Olympics encourages and forgives all kinds of jingoism, right?

What movie will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

The Octonauts. Seriously, I have a one year old. If it's not on Disney Jr, I haven't seen it.

Who will win the Super Bowl?

Green Bay Packers. We were agonizingly close last year. I always root for a Green Bay/Patriots Super Bowl. Preferably with the same results as 1997.

Who will win the men's final at Wimbledon? Who will win the women's final?

Pete Sampras and Jennifer Capriati? (You can tell when I stopped watching tennis.)

Who will win the World Series?

New York Mets. As Mets fans, we're required to put ourselves through as much agita as possible, and almost winning it last year is an agony we'd very much like to relive.

What will be the closing level for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the last day of 2016?

I'm predicting the closing level will be good to very good. Technically speaking.

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Frida Ghitis

Opinion contributor

@fridaghitis

Who will be elected U.S. president on November 8?

Hillary Clinton. She will make history as the first woman U.S. president, a landmark that will be cheered by women around the world.

Who will come in second in the presidential race?

Marco Rubio. But while Donald Trump may not become the nominee, he will get the global name recognition he likely wanted.

Which nation will win the most medals at the 2016 Olympics?

The 2016 Olympics will feature a head-to-head match between the United States and China in the medals count, and sports arenas will rise as metaphorical geopolitical stages.

What movie will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

"Spotlight." The movie is this generation’s “All the President’s Men,” but in some respects it is more than that. It shows the power of journalism to repair the world.

Who will win the Super Bowl?

Arizona Cardinals. But as always, the winner of the Super Bowl will be American tradition.

Who will win the men's final at Wimbledon? Who will win the women's final?

Kei Nishikori. Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer will have to make room for less famous contenders. Serena Williams will win the women's title.

Who will win the World Series?

The Atlanta Braves. Predicting who will win a sports tournament that hasn’t started is a test of loyalty, and my loyalty is with the first baseball team I ever watched. They, like me, worked for Ted Turner back then.

What will be the closing level for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the last day of 2016?

Fear is often worse than reality. The Dow Jones will end with a gain next year, closing at 18,470, about a 7% gain.

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Penn Jillette

Writer, TV host, magician

@pennjillette

Who will be elected U.S. president on November 8?

Hillary Clinton, because there is no god and there is a Donald Trump.

Who will come in second in the presidential race?

Marco Rubio, because people know Trump really is that bad.

Which nation will win the most medals at the 2016 Olympics?

USA! USA! USA! (I’ve never watched any sports, but we’re a great great country, so we can run faster and jump higher.)

What movie will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

That one where a plucky band of disparate heroes battles an evil empire… oh yeah, Spotlight.

Who will win the Super Bowl?

Gatorade… Patriots… Gatorade-drinking Patriots.

Who will win the men's final at Wimbledon? Who will win the women's final?

Novak Djokovic. Or maybe Keyser Soze. For the women's title: Serena Williams. You have to ask?

Who will win the World Series?

New York Mets. With Ken Boswell at second.

What will be the closing level for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the last day of 2016?

19,207. Beat that, Krugman.

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Haroon Moghul

Author

@hsmoghul

Who will be elected U.S. president on November 8?

Hillary Clinton.

Who will come in second in the presidential race?

John Ellis Bush, who will lose the election but save the Republican Party.

Which nation will win the most medals at the 2016 Olympics?

The United States.

What movie will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

"Star Trek: Bed, Bath and Beyond," a sci-fi rom-com that sees a transporter accident trap Spock and Uhura in a 21st-century home store. Cinematic gold.

Who will win the Super Bowl?

The Seattle Seahawks. Wait and see.

Who will win the men's final at Wimbledon? Who will win the women's final?

Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.

Who will win the World Series?

Probably Americans, but possibly Canadians.

What will be the closing level for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the last day of 2016?

I don't even know what it is now, which probably explains why I'm unable to live in Manhattan.

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Dean Obeidallah

Radio host and commentator

@Deanofcomedy

Who will be elected U.S. president on November 8?

Hillary Clinton, in a tight race as the Democrats also regain control of the U.S. Senate.

Who will come in second in the presidential race?

Ted Cruz. But I predict Donald Trump will come in third as he runs as an independent candidate after feeling unloved by GOP leaders.

Which nation will win the most medals at the 2016 Olympics?

The United States. How can you even ask?

What movie will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

"The Martian" or "Brooklyn." Although the award for best drama will clearly go to Donald Trump.

Who will win the Super Bowl?

The Giants. I'm a fan. But as long as it's not the Dallas Cowboys...

Who will win the men's final at Wimbledon? Who will win the women's final?

I know nothing about tennis -- is Andre Agassi still playing? If so, I’ll take him for the men and Chris Evert for the women's title.

Who will win the World Series?

The New York Mets will make a triumphant return and win in four games versus the dreaded Boston Red Sox.

What will be the closing level for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the last day of 2016?

I'm no expert – 19,237 (give or take a few hundredths)?

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Raul Reyes

Commentator

@RaulAReyes

Who will be elected U.S. president on November 8?

Hillary Clinton will be elected on November 8, so we should get used to saying “Madame President” and "first gentleman" (Bill).

Who will come in second in the presidential race?

Donald Trump, the one-man reality show.

Which nation will win the most medals at the 2016 Olympics?

Go Team USA!

What movie will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

"Spotlight" – a great ensemble cast, plus a ripped-from-the-headlines story and very solid reviews equal a well-deserved win.

Who will win the Super Bowl?

The Seattle Seahawks will beat the New England Patriots. Great defense for both teams, but the Seahawks will win.

Who will win the men's final at Wimbledon? Who will win the women's final?

Roger Federer will win the men’s final at Wimbledon (just because I think he still has one more victory in him). “The Queen” Serena Williams will win the women’s final.

Who will win the World Series?

The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Chicago Cubs seem favored to win, but I'm going to stick with my hometown team!

What will be the closing level for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the last day of 2016?

19,000

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Mel Robbins

CNN commentator

@melrobbins

Who will be elected U.S. president on November 8?

Hillary Clinton.

Who will come in second in the presidential race?

Donald Trump.

Which nation will win the most medals at the 2016 Olympics?

Who cares? As soon as the Olympics moved to an every-two-year format, alternating with the Winter Games, our family stopped paying attention.

What movie will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

"Spotlight."

Who will win the Super Bowl?

The New England Patriots – "Deflategate" inflated Tom Brady’s determination.

Who will win the men's final at Wimbledon? Who will win the women's final?

Andy Murray and Simona Halep. (It's time for another woman to break out.)

Who will win the World Series?

Chicago Cubs.

What will be the closing level for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the last day of 2016?

It’ll drop 26% from 2015.

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Tara Setmayer

CNN political commentator

@TaraSetmayer

Who will be elected U.S. president on November 8?

Marco Rubio will come from behind, win the GOP nomination and ultimately the presidency. He's Hillary's biggest threat.

Who will come in second in the presidential race?

Hillary Clinton. Voters are just not that into her.

Which nation will win the most medals at the 2016 Olympics?

The United States.

What movie will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

"The Revenant." Hollywood loves these kinds of movies.

Who will win the Super Bowl?

As a New York Giants fan, it pains me to pick the Patriots. But Tom Brady is on a mission.

Who will win the men's final at Wimbledon? Who will win the women's final?

I have no idea. I don't follow tennis closely enough to make an intelligent prediction.

Who will win the World Series?

It's been 107 years since the Cubs won the World Series. Perhaps, 2016 will be their year!

What will be the closing level for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the last day of 2016?

Markets crashed in 2000, 2008 and have been artificially inflated for years thanks to the Fed's 0% interest rates. Bulls eventually become bears, a correction is due. Drop to 12,000.

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Buck Sexton

CNN political commentator

@BuckSexton

Who will be elected U.S. president on November 8?

Ted Cruz.

Who will come in second in the presidential race?

Hillary Clinton.

Which nation will win the most medals at the 2016 Olympics?

The United States.

What movie will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

"Spotlight."

Who will win the Super Bowl?

New England Patriots.

Who will win the men's final at Wimbledon? Who will win the women's final?

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.

Who will win the World Series?

Arizona Diamondbacks.

What will be the closing level for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the last day of 2016?

15,000.00

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Jeff Yang

CNN contributor

@originalspin

Who will be elected U.S. president on November 8?

Hillary Clinton. But the race will be long and ugly, and she'll begin her term with a weak mandate, facing the most divided electorate in history.

Who will come in second in the presidential race?

Ted Cruz. There are no "seconds" in U.S. presidential politics -- just a winner. But if the question is who Clinton will defeat, my money is on Cruz.

Which nation will win the most medals at the 2016 Olympics?

The United States, followed by China.

What movie will win the Oscar for Best Picture?

I'm going to guess "Spotlight," but I'm rooting for "Room."

Who will win the Super Bowl?

This is football, right? Probably a Doritos commercial.

Who will win the men's final at Wimbledon? Who will win the women's final?

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.

Who will win the World Series?

The Yankees. Dang it, I have to go for my team.

What will be the closing level for the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the last day of 2016?

16,000

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