16 Oscar Experts predict Best Picture showdown: ‘Boyhood’ vs. ‘Birdman’ vs. ‘Unbroken’

Our Oscar Experts now number 16 and they have updated their predictions based on what soared and sank at the Venice and Telluride filmfests. While many of the top contenders for this year’s Academy Awards have yet to be screened, these Oscarologists have peered into their crystal balls and cast the following predictions.

Our 16 Experts are divided, with four different films predicted to take this top award next Feb. 22.

The leading contenders are: “Boyhood,” Richard Linklater‘s innovative look at the life of a child, told in real-time; “Unbroken,” Angelina Jolie‘s adaptation of Olympian Louis Zamperini‘s inspirational memoir of keeping his spirit alive when held as a POW by the Japanese during WWII; “Birdman,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s sly satire on showbiz with Michael Keaton as a has-been actor hoping to stage a comeback; and “Foxcatcher,” Bennett Miller‘s retelling of the true-story of a murderous millionaire (Steve Carell) and his hold on two Olympic wrestlers (Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo). 

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Half of our Experts  — Michael Musto (Out.com), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo!), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com) — are touting “Boyhood,” which also leads our overall odds

Four Experts — Ed Douglas (Comingsoon.net) Thom Geier (EW), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby) and Nicole Sperling (EW) — are backing the bid by “Unbroken.” 

Birdman” has the support of three Experts: Thelma Adams (Yahoo!), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) and me. 

And Tariq Khan (Fox News) foresees “Foxcatcher” taking the top prize. 

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