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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire February 9, 2015 at 11:28AM

"Birdman" or "Boyhood"? We try to break down the tightest race in years.
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Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced.

The grand daddy of them all remains a mystery. "Boyhood" was sailing pretty smoothly for a while there -- winning buckets of critics' group prizes and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama. But it lost the PGA, DGA and SAG's big prizes to "Birdman," and both of those films have to contend with the soaring box office (and -- to quote my colleague Anne Thompson -- the "steak eater appeal") of both "American Sniper" and "The Imitation Game." It seems like momentum is being split all over the place, leaving us with the most uncertain Best Picture race in nearly a decade. While we're perhaps predicting with our hearts a bit more than we should, but we're leaning toward "Boyhood" pulling off the big win.

Check out our predictions in other categories here.

The Nominees:
"American Sniper" (Clint Eastwood)
"Boyhood" (Richard Linklater)
"Birdman" (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
"The Grand Budapest Hotel" (Wes Anderson)
"The Imitation Game" (Morten Tyldum)
"Selma" (Ava DuVernay)
"The Theory of Everything" (James Marsh)
"Whiplash" (Damien Chazelle)

Will Win: "Boyhood"
Could Win: "Birdman"
Should Win: "Boyhood"
Shoulda Been Here: "Gone Girl"

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READ MORE: Anne Thompson's Oscar Predictions


This article is related to: Awards Season, Awards, Oscars 2015








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