Oscar experts: Eddie Redmayne (‘Theory of Everything’) surges in Best Actor race

While Michael Keaton (“Birdman“) still leads the Best Actor race, as he has all awards season long, he better watch out for Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything“), who just picked up the vote of another of our 24 Oscar experts. Now backed by eight Oscarologists, he has odds of 12 to 5 to win Best Actor. Keaton, with the support of 14 Experts, has odds of 2 to 1 to prevail on Oscar night. 

Redmayne — who plays scientist Stephen Hawking in this well-received biopic — is really on a roll. Last  Friday, it was announced that he is to be feted at the Palm Springs filmfest during Oscar voting. On Saturday, he was on hand to charm voters at the Governors Awards. And on Sunday cames news that his film had done boffo box office in its first weekend of limited release. 

The only other actor to be ranked first by any of our Experts is Benedict Cumberbatch for his work in the WWII spy drama “The Imitation Game.” The support of Thelma Adams (Thelmadams.com) and Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post) gives him odds of 11/2. 

The 14 Experts in Keaton’s corner are: Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Edward Douglas (Comingsoon), Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Michael Musto (Out.com), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Jenelle Riley (Variety), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood/ Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).

The eight Experts touting Redmayne are: Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly) and Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times). 

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Among the other top Oscar races, “Boyhood” is still tipped to take Best Picture. With the backing of 13 of our 24 pundits, it has leading odds of 9/2. “Unbroken” (odds of 13/2) is in second place with seven Experts picking it to prevail, despite it not having screened yet. Indeed, we have yet to see a slew of this year’s contenders including “American Sniper,” “Big Eyes,” “Into the Woods,” and “Selma.” By this time last year, only two of the eventual nine Best Picture nominees hadn’t been shown (“American Hustlle,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”). 

Our two dozen experts are predicting “Boyhood” to win five Academy Awards in all, including Best Director (Richard Linklater), Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Original Screenplay and Editing. 

Interstellar” is expected to take home four Oscars: Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. 

Birdman” will claim two Academy Awards — Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Cinematography — as will “Into the Woods” (Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling).

Still Alice” is predicted to win Best Actress for four-time Oscar bridesmaid Julianne Moore while Whiplash” should net an Oscar for Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons.

Unbroken” is forecast to win Adapted Screenplay and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” will claim Production Design.

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Click here to see how they rank contenders in top Oscar races. Click here to see the rankings and odds generated by combining the experts’ predictions.

Below: The experts’ latest collective rankings and odds for the top six categories (click on each category to see more detailed results). 

Best Picture
1.  “Boyhood” – 9/2
2.  “Unbroken” – 13/2
3.  “Birdman” – 15/2
4.  “The Imitation Game” – 15/2
5.  “The Theory of Everything” – 12/1
6.  “Gone Girl” – 14/1
7.  “Foxcatcher” – 16/1
8.  “Interstellar”– 14/1
9.  “Whiplash” – 25/1
10. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – 50/1

Change from last week: “Unbroken” has dropped back slightly (from 6/1 to 13/2). And “Foxcatcher” and “Interstellar” have swapped spots and odds. 

Best Director
1. Richard Linklater, “Boyhood” – 21/10
2. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman” – 10/3
3. Angelina Jolie, “Unbroken” – 11/2
4. Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher” – 12/1
5. Christopher Nolan, “Interstellar” – 14/1

Change from last week: Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) has strengthened his position while Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher”) and Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar”) have switched places and odds. 

Best Actor
1. Michael Keaton, “Birdman” – 2/1
2. Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” – 12/5
3. Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game” – 11/2
4. Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher” – 15/2
5. Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”/Timothy Spall, “Mr. Turner” – 33/1

Change from last week: Eddie Redmayne is up from 27/10 while Michael Keaton holds steady at 2/1.

Best Actress
1. Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” – 2/1
2. Reese Witherspoon, “Wild” – 10/3
3. Rosamund PIke, “Gone Girl” – 11/2
4. Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything” – 9/1
5. Amy Adams, “Big Eyes” 9/1

Change from last week: Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) has strengthened her lead while Amy Adams (“Big Eyes”) has slipped down another notch. 

Best Supporting Actor
1. J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” – 13/8
2. Edward Norton, “Birdman” – 10/3
3. Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher” – 11/2
4. Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood” – 6/1
5. Josh Brolin, “Inherent Vice”/Robert Duvall, “The Judge”/Albert Brooks (“A Most Violent Year”) – 50/1

Change from last week: Albert Brooks (“A Most Violent Year”) cracks the top five for the first time. 

Best Supporting Actress
1. Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” – 17/10
2. Laura Dern, “Wild” – 5/1
3. Emma Stone, “Birdman” – 11/2
4. Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game” – 13/2
5. Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods” – 12/1

Change from last week: The lineup and the odds are the same, but there has been a slight uptick for Dern. 

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