Oscars experts: ‘Birdman’ slightly ahead of ‘Boyhood’ in Best Picture race

Heading into the home stretch of the Oscars, “Birdman” and “Boyhood” are neck and neck to win Best Picture, according to the 24 experts making predictions at GoldDerby.com. Thirtteen pick “Birdman,” giving it 1-to-1 odds, while 11 back “Boyhood” with 27-to-20 odds.

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OSCAROLOGISTS PREDICTING ‘BIRDMAN’ FOR BEST PICTURE: Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Edward Douglas (Comingsoon), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Out), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Jenelle Riley (Variety), Christopher Rosen (HuffPo), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times).

OSCAROLOGISTS PICKING ‘BOYHOOD’: Mike Cidoni (Associated Press), Thom Geier, Dave Karger (Fandango), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Claudia Puig (USA Today), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood, Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).

BELOW: RACETRACK ODDS BASED UPON EXPERTS’ OSCAR PREDICTIONS

Number in parenthesis = experts predicting the nominee to win

BEST PICTURE
1.) “Birdman” (13) – 1/1
2.) “Boyhood” (11) – 27/20
3.) “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – 50/1
4.) “The Imitation Game” – 100/1
5.) “American Sniper” – 100/1
6.) “Selma” – 100/1
7.) “The Theory of Everything” – 100/1
8.) “Whiplash” – 1001

BEST DIRECTOR
1.) Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman” (16) – 8/13
2.) Richard Linklater, “Boyhood” (8) – 2/1
3.) Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – 50/1
4.) Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game” – 100/1
5.) Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher” – 100/1

BEST ACTOR
1.) Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” (15) – 2/3
2.) Michael Keaton, “Birdman (9) – 9/5
3.) Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” – 50/1
4.) Benedict Cumberbatch, “Imitation Game” – 50/1
5.) Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher” – 100/1

BEST ACTRESS
1.) Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” (24) – 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, “Theory of Everything” – 100/1

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1.) J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” (24) – 1/10
2.) Edward Norton, “Birdman” – 50/1
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” (24) – 1/10
2.) Emma Stone, “Birdman” – 33/1
3.) Keira Knightley, “Imitation Game” – 50/1
4.) Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods” – 100/1
5.) Laura Dern, “Wild” – 100/1

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
1.) “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (15) – 2/3
2.) “Birdman” (8) – 21/10
3.) “Boyhood” – 16/1
4.) “Nightcrawler” – 100/1
5.) “Foxcatcher” – 100/1

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
1.) “The Imitation Game” (15) – 2/3
2.) “Whiplash” (7) – 12/5
3.) “Theory of Everything” (1) – 16/1
4.) “American Sniper” (1) – 20/1
5.) “Inherent Vice” – 100/1

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
1.) “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (21) – 2/9
2.) “Big Hero 6” (3) – 6/1
3.) “Tale of the Princess Kaguya” – 50/1
4.) “Song of the Sea” – 100/1
5.) “The Boxtrolls” – 100/1

BEST FOREIGN FILM
1.) “Ida” (21) – 2/11
2.) “Leviathan” (1) – 16/1
3.) “Wild Tales” (1) – 16/1
4.) “Timbuktu” – 100/1
5.) “Tangerines” – 100/1

BEST SONG
1.) “Glory” (“Selma”) (21) – 2/11
2.) “Everything Is Awesome” (“The Lego Movie”) (1) – 16/1
3.) “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (“Glenn Campbell: I’ll Be Me”) (1) – 16/1
4.) “Lost Stars” (“Begin Again”) – 50/1
5.) “Grateful” (“Beyond the Lights”) – 1001/

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