DGA predictions slugfest: Could Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu seal the deal for ‘Birdman’? [Video]

Boyhood” seemed like it couldn’t lose earlier this season, taking numerous Best Picture prizes from critics and media groups, including the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards. But then the PGA Awards, lately a reliable predictor of Oscar, picked “Birdman” instead.

BAFTA predictions slugfest: ‘Boyhood’ or ‘Birdman’ to win Best Picture [Video]

Could we be seeing a repeat of 2010, when “The Social Network” owned the critics but industry groups almost unanimously favored “The King’s Speech”? The “King” ultimately took the Oscar crown that year.

If “Birdman” is on the same track, it could seal the deal by winning the Directors Guild Award on Saturday. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was previously nominated by DGA for “Babel” in 2006, and if he wins, that would mean a “Birdman” sweep of three of the most influential industry groups: DGA, PGA, and SAG, a tough combo to beat.

But our racetrack odds currently favor Richard Linklater to win for “Boyhood.” If that’s the case, who does the academy pick when the guilds are divided?

DGA predictions: Oscars frontrunner Richard Linklater (‘Boyhood’) will win here first

Below, watch Tom O’Neil, Paul Sheehan, Chris Beachum, and I discuss this weekend’s DGA dilemma. Click here to see our complete predictions, and click here to see how they compare to our Experts’.

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Watch our latest slugfest below, then use our drag-and-drop menu to make or edit your Directors Guild predictions, or click here to predict those awards as well as Oscars, BAFTA, Grammys, and more.

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