By the time the Oscars finally get around to airing on Feb. 22, the acting races should be fairly easy to predict thanks to the horde of precursor prizes already doled out by the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards. Have you updated your own Oscar predictions accordingly?
Below, our handy-dandy breakdown of who’s won what so far this season and my predictions for each BAFTA acting race. These kudos — another telling precusor of the Oscars — take place on Feb. 8, two days after Oscar voting begins.
Golden Globe (Drama) Winner: Redmayne
Golden Globe (Comedy) Winner: Keaton
Critics’ Choice Winner: Keaton
SAG Winner: Redmayne
My BAFTA Prediction: Redmayne. Why? It’s kind of a no-brainer that the British academy will give the trophy to its young ginger prince. However, on the off chance that he does lose to Keaton, all bets are off and this becomes the tightest Oscar race in recent memory.
Golden Globe (Drama) Winner: Moore
Golden Globe (Comedy) Winner: Amy Adams (“Big Eyes”) — snubbed at Oscars
Critics’ Choice Winner: Moore
SAG Winner: Moore
My BAFTA Prediction: Moore. Why? Because this overdue leading lady gives the best performance of her career as a suffering Alzheimer’s patient in “Still Alice.” This is Moore’s trophy to lose … unless voters forget about her.
Golden Globe Winner: Simmons
Critics’ Choice Winner: Simmons
SAG Winner: Simmons
My BAFTA Prediction: Simmons. Why? They don’t want to look foolish and be the only awards group not to give this eloquent character actor his time at the podium. As for the also-rans, there’s a four-way tie for last place.
Golden Globe Winner: Arquette
Critics’ Choice Winner: Arquette
SAG Winner: Arquette
My BAFTA Prediction: Arquette. Why? Knightley and Imelda Staunton (“Pride”) are possible upsets who both hail from the UK, but Arquette is on a winning streak 12 years in the making.
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