“Birdman” contends for a leading seven awards at the upcoming Golden Globes while its nearest Oscars rival, “Boyhood,” is up for five prizes. These kudos bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. honor achievements in both dramas and comedies/musicals in separate categories for film and lead performances. As such, the satirical “Birdman” and the slice-of-life “Boyhood” do not face off for the top award. How will each do at these precursor prizes that will be handed out on Jan. 11, three days after voting closes for Oscar nominations?
“Birdman” and “Boyhood” are predicted to win their respective races for Best Comedy/Musical and Best Drama quite handily. Each is the overwhelming favorite according to our Oscarologists who have entered their forecasts for these awards.
Two of the featured players in “Birdman” — Edward Norton and Emma Stone — contend in the catch-all supporting categories — as do “Boyhood” parents Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. While “Whiplash” villain J.K. Simmons is the clear frontrunner for Supporting Actor, likewise Arquette has a huge lead for Supporting Actress.
The talented writer/directors of these two films are among the nominees for both Best Director and Best Screenplay. Richard Linklater predicted to prevail in the helming race for his 12-year committment to “Boyhood.” And “Birdman” director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is expected to share in the scripter award with co-writers Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., and Nicolás Giacobone.
And the score of “Birdman,” which was disqualified by the music branch of the academy for its reliance on drum solos, is expected to win the Golden Globe.
As such, “Birdman” will end the night with bragging rights as it will have four Golden Globes on its side of the ledger, with “Birdman” having to settle for three. That will be a big boost for “Birdman” just four days before Oscar nominations are announced.
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