The majority of our two dozen experts are now backing “Birdman” to win Best Picture after its helmer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu claimed the Directors Guild award last Saturday. While 14 favor this film winning the top prize on Feb. 22, 10 Oscarologists still support the bid by long-time frontrunner “Boyhood,” which won Best Picture at the BAFTAs on Sunday.
On Wednesday, we asked for your input on this tight race and the poll results to date are surprising. If you haven’t voted yet, do so at the bottom of this post.
With nearly 1,000 ballots cast in just 24 hours, “Boyhood” has the edge over “Birdman” by about 5% (335 to 293); however, that lead was more substantial a few hours ago (in the neighborhood of 10%). And despite just two nominations overall, “Selma” is ranked third at the moment with 170 votes.
None of the other contenders has broken into the triple digits yet.
And, even with record-breaking earnings, six-time nominee “American Sniper” has only earned 28 votes.
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