Oscars expert Jenelle Riley (Variety): ‘Imitation Game,’ Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, …

Jenelle Riley of Variety has just entered her predictions, bringing our Oscars Experts panel up to twenty-one. Below, we detail her picks and compare them to the first wave of Oscarologists to make their forecasts. Click here to see charts revealing how all of our Experts rank the contenders in all top categories according to likelihood of winning. And click on each underlined category below to see the individual Experts predictions for that race. Then make your own predictions here. Be the best and win bragging rights AND $1,000. 

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Best Picture
Riley is the third of our Experts to predict that the WWII spy drama “The Imitation Game” will take the top prize.

However, nine Experts still expect “Boyhood” to win this race.

The other Experts are split as follows: “Unbroken” (4); “Birdman” (2); “Foxcatcher” (1); “Gone Girl” (1); and “Interstellar” (1). 

Best Director
She stands alone in predicting that “The Imitation Game” helmer Morten Tyldum will prevail. Far out in front is Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”) with 11 votes. The rest of the race breaks down as follows: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Birdman”) has four votes, Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher”) has three and both Angelina Jolie (“Unbroken”) and Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar”) have one apiece. 

Best Actor
Riley gives the edge to Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) who now has nine Experts backing him to win his first Oscar bid. Four are touting Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything“) while another four like the looks of Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), three Experts go for Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) and one is predicting an upset by David Oyelowo (“Selma“). 

Best Actress
She is the twelfth Expert to predict that Julianne Moore (“Still Alice“) will finally win an Oscar after four losses. Three Experts forecast 2005 champ Reese Witherspoon (“Wild“) to pick up a bookend while another three expect Amy Adams (“Big Eyes“) to prevail with bid #6, two tout Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl“) and one is backing Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”). 

Compare these with what our Editors are predicting to win Oscars 

Best Supporting Actor
Riley adds her vote for frontrunner J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash“) who now has 15 Experts in his corner. Trailing far back are three past nominees: Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) with three, Edward Norton (“Birdman”) with two and Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood) with one Expert.  

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) is looking like a lock this year: Riley is the 18th Expert to predict her to prevail. The only other contenders with any support are: Laura Dern (“Wild”) with two and Emma Stone (“Birdman”) with one Expert. 

Compare these with what our Top 24 Users are predicting to win Oscars 

Below, use our easy drag-and-drop menu to cast your ballot for the Best Picture lineup. 

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