Matt Atchity of Rotten Tomatoes has just entered his predictions, bring our Oscars Experts panel up to an even twenty. Below, we detail his picks and compare them to the first wave of Oscarologists to make their forecasts. Click here to see charts revealing how all of our Experts rank the contenders in all top categories according to likellihood of winning.
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Atchity agrees with eight other Experts in predicting that “Boyhood” will win this race. The others are split as follows: “Unbroken” (4); “Birdman” (2); “The Imitation Game” (2); “Foxcatcher” (1); “Gone Girl” (1); and “Interstellar” (1).
He makes it 11 votes for Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”). The rest of the race breaks down as follows: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“Birdman”) has four votes, Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher”) has three and both Angelina Jolie (“Unbroken”) and Christopher Nolan (“Interstellar”) have one apiece.
Atchity gives the edge to Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) who now has seven Experts backing him to win his first Oscar bid. Five are touting Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything“) while four like the looks of Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), three Experts go for Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”) and one is predicting an upset by David Oyelowo (“Selma“).
He is the eleventh Expert to predict that Julianne Moore (“Still Alice“) will finally win an Oscar after four losses. Four Experts forecast 2005 champ Reese Witherspoon (“Wild“) to pick up a bookend while three expect Amy Adams (“Big Eyes“) to prevail with bid #6 and one is backing Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”).
Best Supporting Actor
Athcity adds his vote for frontrunner J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash“) who now has 14 Experts in his corner. Trailing far back are three past nominees: Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) with three, Edward Norton (“Birdman”) with two and Ethan Hawke (“Boyhood) with one Expert.
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) is looking like a lock this year: Atchity is the 17th Expert to predict her to prevail. The only other contenders with any support are: Laura Dern (“Wild”) with two and Emma Stone (“Birdman”) with one Expert.
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