Oscars Best Picture showdown: ‘Birdman’ vs. ‘Boyhood’ (Editors’ video slugfest)

Is this year’s Oscars one of the most unpredictable since 1995? In our new slugfest (watch below), our editors size up the race for Best Picture and compare “Birdman” to “Apollo 13,” which won PGA, SAG and DGA but couldn’t clinch victory at the Academy Awards.

Hey, doesn’t “Boyhood‘s” victory at the BAFTAs mean it can overtake “Birdman,” or is the film simply 12 years too late?

Oscars experts’ predictions: ‘Birdman’ surges ahead of ‘Boyhood’ for Best Picture

Joining me in our newest slugfest are Gold Derby contributors Charles Bright and Zach Laws as we analyze 21 of this year’s Oscar races — everything from Best Picture to Best Song.

We really come out swinging in the races for Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Score. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” may be the apparent favorite amongst the tech categories, but what about underdog “Whiplash” or blockbuster “American Sniper“?

We also discuss head-scratching races like Best Picture (“Boyhood” vs. “Birdman”), Best Actor (Michael Keaton vs. Eddie Redmayne vs. Bradley Cooper) and Best Director (Richard Linklater vs. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu).

Crazy upsets happen all the time at the Oscars, so be sure to pay attention to who we think could possibly upset frontrunners Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette in the three acting races that are considered “locks” by Oscar Experts.

‘Birdman or ‘Boyhood’? Editors battle over what DGA and BAFTAs mean for Oscars

Whoever said these Oscars aren’t exciting must watch this slugfest! You can also listen to our podcast version. Do a search at the iTunes Store for “GoldDerby” so you can subscribe to our future podcasts.

Watch or listen below, and then use our easy drag-and-drop menu to predict Best Picture.

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