It’s Oscars predictions war! Tom and Tariq battle over ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Birdman’ and …

Tariq Khan just can’t control his notorious itch to pick Oscar longshots. I can’t stand it anymore. In our latest podcast battle (listen in, below), I take out hammer, tongs, bazooka and nuclear weaponry to knock some sense into him after viewing his latest predictions. He actually ranks “Boyhood” below “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Birdman” and “The Imitation Game” to win Best Picture!

Granted, Tariq has been right about some longshot picks in the past (Meryl Streep, Marion Cotillard), but he’s also fallen off a few Oscar cliffs (Emanuelle Riva, Robert De Niro) and somehow managed to survive.

Last  year he beat me with his prediction score. Two years ago, I clobbered Tariq. So who do you believe now — me or Tariq? Tune in and decide. To hear more of our podcasts, do a search at the iTunes music store or check out our Gold Derby channel at Libsyn.

6 thoughts on “It’s Oscars predictions war! Tom and Tariq battle over ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Birdman’ and …

  1. Not saying what will happen, but if Grand Budapest wins ensemble over Birdman I will have truly lost all faith in humanity. It’s true, Budapest has a bunch of cute little easy bon-bon cameos, but Birdman has so many effortlessly complex, insightful, and entertaining performances that work off of each other beautifully. If there’s any justice, Birdman will take it. There’s really no comparison.

  2. I’m sorry but to say as Tom did that Leviathan is ‘stupid’ is absolutely ridiculous, and in itself is a stupid thing to say. It’s one of most ‘un-stupid’ films of the year. It won the Golden Globe, and just won the London Critics Award. It’s the spoiler for Ida.

  3. Boyhood’s not the average Best Picture nominee (or the average film, at that.) so it’s not hard to understand why some think it won’t win, but it’s getting its precursors. To say that it has less of a chance of winning than three other films is pretty crazy.

  4. Tariq, you’ve talked me into picking Whiplash for editing. I want Whiplash to win that. I think I’ve decided Birdman will win best film, which means Boyhood probably doesn’t have editing in the bag.

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