Oscars experts: ‘Boyhood’ for Best Picture, ‘Grand Budapest’ and ‘Imitation Game’ fight for second

Boyhood” — which has led the Best Picture race all season long according to our Oscar experts — sits atop our first chart since nominations were announced last Thursday. This six-time Oscar nominee remains far out front with the backing of seven of our nine Oscarologists to weigh in with their predictions. That strong support gives this labor of love 12 years in the making leading odds of 4 to 9 to win the top Oscar on Feb. 22. 

Tied for second place with one vote apiece are “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (10 nominations in total) and “The Imitation Game” (nine nominations) with odds of 8 to 1. 

Birdman” — which also reaped 10 bids — has fallen back to fourth; it was in second before nominations were announced. 

The rest of the field — “American Sniper” (six nominations) “The Theory of Everything” (five nominations), “Whiplash” (five nominations) and “Selma” (two nominations) — is each at 100 to 1. 

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The seven pundits picking “Boyhood” to prevail areThelma Adams (ZealNYC.com), Mike Cidoni (AP),  Edward Douglas (Comingsoon), Thom Geier, Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood/ Indiewire) and me.

Tariq Khan (Fox News) likes the looks of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” while Jenelle Riley (Variety) thinks “The Imitation Game” is the real deal.

Click here to see charts revealing how all of our Experts rank the contenders in all top categories. Click on each underlined category below to see the individual Experts predictions for that race. And click here to see the rankings and odds generated by combining their predictions.Then make your own predictions here. Be the best and win bragging rights AND $1,000. 

See latest Oscar rankings when the Experts’ predictions are combined

Our Experts are predicting “Boyhood” to win four Academy Awards in all: Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette) and Editing. 

The Grand Budapest Hotel” is tipped to take three races: Original Screenplay, Costume Design and Production Design.

Interstellar” also is expected to earn three Oscars: Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. 

Birdman” will claim two Academy Awards — Best Actor (Michael Keaton), Cinematography.

Still Alice” is predicted to win Best Actress for Julianne Moore while Whiplash” should net an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons.

“The Imitation Game” is forecast for the win in Adapted Screenplay, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is first for Makeup & Hairstyle, “The Theory of Everything” is ahead for Score and “Selma” is tipped for Song.

Below: The Experts’ latest collective rankings and odds for the top six categories (click on each category to see more detailed results). 

Best Picture
1. “Boyhood” – 4/9
2. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – 8/1
3. “The Imitation Game” – 8/1
4. “Birdman” – 50/1
5. “Selma” – 100/1
6. “American Sniper” – 100/1
7. “The Theory of Everything” – 100/1
8. “Whiplash” – 100/1

Best Director
1. Richard Linklater, “Boyhood” – 1/10
2. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman” – 33/1
3. Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – 50/1
4. Morten Tyldum, “The  Imitation Game” – 50/1
5. Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher” – 100/1

Best Actor
1. Michael Keaton, “Birdman” – 4/7
2. Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” – 2/1
3. Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game” – 50/1
4. Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” – 50/1
5. Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher” – 100/1

Best Actress
1. Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” – 1/10
2. Reese Witherspoon, “Wild” – 50/1
3. Rosamund PIke, “Gone Girl” – 50/1
4. Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night” – 50/1
5. Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything” – 50/1

Best Supporting Actor
1. J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” – 1/10
2. Edward Norton, “Birdman” – 33/1
3. Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood” – 50/1
4. Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher” – 100/1
5.Robert Duvall, “The Judge” – 100/1

Best Supporting Actress
1. Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” – 1/10
2. Emma Stone, “Birdman” – 33/1
3. Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods” – 50/1
4. Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game” – 50/1
5. Laura Dern, “Wild” – 100/1

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