‘Unbroken’ gallops into second place in Oscars Best Picture race

While “Boyhoodcontinues to sit atop the Best Picture chart with the support of nine Oscars Experts, four of our 20 Oscarologists are now backing “Unbroken.” This second feature film helmed by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie (“Girl, Interrupted”) chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Five of our seven Editors are also backing this horse in the derby (See their individual predictions here.) 

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I am one of the four Experts touting this biopic as their top pick; the others are Ed Douglas (ComingSoon.net), Thom Geier (EW) and Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil. (See the individual predictions of our Experts here and see how they translate into rankings here.)

As you can see from the graph below, this shift in support to “Unbroken” has come at the expense of “Birdman.” That flight of fancy from Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is now the top choice of just two Experts: Nicole Sperling (EW) and Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere). 

Those nine Experts backing “Boyhood” — which continues to lead with both our Top 24 Users and all Users — are: Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Michael Musto (Out.com), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo!), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com). 

Thelma Adams (Yahoo!) and Christoper Rosen (HuffPo) think that “The Imitation Game” is the real thing while Tariq Khan (Fox News) expects “Foxcatcher” to snare the prize, Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair) finds a winner in “Gone Girl” and Scott Feinberg (THR) thinks “Interstellar” is out of this world. 

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Click on the graph to see more stats and then make your own predictions for Best Picture at the bottom of this post using our easy drag-and-drop menu. 

Below, use our easy drag-and-drop menu to cast your ballot for the Best Picture lineup. 

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