February 21, 2015
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This will be my sixth year doing Oscar predictions. Last year was more or less an average one for me, as I correctly predicted 18 of the 24 winners. My worst ever is 16, and my best is 19. Let’s see if I can finally crack that elusive 20 barrier.
Best Picture: We have a genuine two-horse race this year, as the field looks split between Boyhood and Birdman. Given the choices presented here, I would easily select The Grand Budapest Hotel. But I also think that film’s going to claim its fair share of Oscar gold elsewhere on Sunday, so I’m not too bothered.
Boyhood took home the BAFTA and the Golden Globe, as well as the Critics’ Choice Award. So you could certainly make the case it’s a shoo-in. But it’s worth noting the producer’s guild picked Birdman as their best picture. The PGA best picture winner has gone on to win the Oscar for the last seven years running.
I’m genuinely having difficulty here, but I think Birdman might pull this off. Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole for Birdman.
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