Oscars Best Picture race led by ‘Boyhood,’ ‘Unbroken,’ ‘Birdman,’ ‘Foxcatcher’ (photo gallery)

The new Richard Linklater film “Boyhood” was 12 years in the making. Will that magic number help it to follow last year’s Best Picture champ “12 Years a Slave” to the top prize at this year’s Oscars?

Take a tour through our new photo gallery below to see the top 20 contenders for the 2014 Best Picture race. The order of the photos is determined by the current Gold Derby rankings for this category (from Experts, Editors, and Users).

After great critical reviews earlier this year, “Boyhood” is in the first position with 11/2 odds at this stage. It was shot over a dozen years and follows the story of a boy (Ellar Coltrane) growing into a young man.

Just behind it with 6/1 odds, is the Angelina Jolie directorial effort “Unbroken,” the true World War II story of a war hero and Olympic star (Jack O’Connell).

Will “Birdman” finally be an Oscar ticket for director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and star Michael Keaton? The dark fantasy picture is in third with 13/2 odds.

The murderous true story “Foxcatcher” from Bennett Miller is in fourth place with 15/2 odds. It stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo.

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And then there’s “The Imitation Game,” this weekend’s winner at the Toronto Film Festival with the overall People’s Choice Award. It is yet another true life World War II story and stars Benedict Cumberbatch. It is tied for fifth place at 12/1 with the yet-to-be-seen “Gone Girl” from director David Fincher.

Our photo gallery also features such films as “Interstellar” (Matthew McConaughey), “The Theory of Everything” (Eddie Redmayne), “Inherent Vice” (Joaquin Phoenix), “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Ralph Fiennes), and more.

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