Oscars experts’ predictions: ‘Boyhood’ will win four, including Best Picture

Despite losing to “Birdman” at both the PGA and SAG awards,”Boyhood” remains far in front for Best Picture with the support of 13 of our 19 Experts and odds of 8/13 to win. However, buoyed by the fact that the last seven PGA champs have repeated at the Oscars, “Birdman” has solidifed its second place standing and with five votes, now has odds of 27/10. And with one Expert in its corner, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has odds of 16/1. The other five nominees — “American Sniper,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash” — are all at 100/1. 

The 13 Experts touting “Boyhood” are: Mike Cidoni (AP), Edward Douglas (Comingsoon), Thom GeierTom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Michael Musto (Out.com), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood/ Indiewire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Glenn Whipp (L.A. Times), Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com) and me. 

The five Experts supporting “Birdman” are: Thelma Adams (ZealNYC), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Jenelle Riley (Variety) and Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post).

Tariq Khan (Fox News) likes the look of “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” 

See latest Oscar rankings when Experts’ predictions are combined

Our Experts are predicting “Boyhood” to win four Academy Awards in all: Best Picture, Best Director (Richard Linklater), Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette) and Editing. 

The Grand Budapest Hotel” is tipped to take three races: Original Screenplay, Costume Design and Production Design.

Interstellar” also is expected to earn two Oscars: Sound Editing and Visual Effects. 

The Theory of Everything” is ahead for Best Actor (Redmayne) and Score. 

Whiplash” should net Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) and Sound Mixing. 

Still Alice” is predicted to win Best Actress for Julianne Moore while 

The Imitation Game” is forecast for the win in Adapted Screenplay, “Birdman” will claim Cinematography, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is first for Makeup & Hairstyle and “Selma” sounds good for Song.

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UPDATED: Experts’ Oscars predictions in all 24 categories

Below: The Experts’ latest collective rankings and odds for the top six categories (click on each category to see more detailed results). 

Best Picture
1. “Boyhood” – 8/13
2.  “Birdman”  –14/5
3. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – 16/1
4. “The Imitation Game” –100/1
5. “American Sniper” – 100/1
6. “Selma” – 100/1
7. “The Theory of Everything” – 100/1
8. “Whiplash” – 100/1

Change from last week: “Boyhood” remains in first but its odds are down from 2/7 while “Birdman” is still in second but has dipped slightly from 27/10. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” remains at 16/1 while “The Imitation Game” has dropped from 50/1. 

Best Director
1. Richard Linklater, “Boyhood” – 2/7
2. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman” – 5/1
3. Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – 50/1
4. Morten Tyldum, “The  Imitation Game” – 50/1
5. Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher” – 100/1

Change from last week: Linklater is still in first with the same odds while Inarritu has slipped slightly from 9/2.

Best Actor
1. Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” – 1/1
2. Michael Keaton, “Birdman” – 7/5
3. Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper” – 14/1 
4. Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game” – 50/1
5. Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher” – 100/1

Change from last week: Following his SAG win, Redmayne jumped into first and is still there; however, his odds are down a tick from 9/10 while one-time frontrunner Keaton has improved from 13/8. Cooper remains in third but is still at the same odds. 

There have been no changes in rankings or odds in the other three acting races. 

Best Actress
1. Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” – 1/10
2. Reese Witherspoon, “Wild” – 50/1
3. Rosamund PIke, “Gone Girl” – 50/1
4. Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night” – 50/1
5. Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything” – 50/1

Best Supporting Actor
1. J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” – 1/10
2. Edward Norton, “Birdman” – 33/1
3. Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood” – 50/1
4. Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher” – 100/1
5.Robert Duvall, “The Judge” – 100/1

Best Supporting Actress
1. Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” – 1/10
2. Emma Stone, “Birdman” – 33/1
3. Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game” – 50/1
4. Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods” – 100/1
5. Laura Dern, “Wild” – 100/1

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