Boyhood vs. Birdman: The Oscars Race for Best Picture
As this year’s Academy Awards loom just around the corner, the competition for Best Picture is looking like a two horse race between Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman.
While we’re secretly hoping for underdog Whiplash to swoop in from the left field and take home the Academy’s biggest accolade on Sunday night, chances are the film gods will vote in favour of one of these two heavyweight contenders.
So, who will come out victorious between Linklater’s 12-year labour of love and González Iñárritu’s innovative blockbuster?
We’ve weighed up the facts so you don’t have to.
As you can see, the competition is almost neck and neck in terms of numerical stats. Yet there are a couple of other theories which may give clues as to Sunday’s final outcome.
For example, Birdman won Best Film at this year’s PGA, DGA and SAG awards. Only 2 films ever (Apollo 13 in 1996 and Little Miss Sunshine in 2007) won both the SAG and PGA awards for Best Picture, but didn’t win Best Picture at the Oscars. Ouch!
Meanwhile, Boyhood is a pretty safe bet to win Best Film Editing at this year’s Oscars; a category that Birdman isn’t even nominated in. It’s been 35 whole years since a film wasn’t nominated for Best Editing and still went on to win Best Picture. Will 2015 break that trend?
For all our speculation, we’ll just have to wait and see how the die is cast at Sunday’s ceremony. If we had our pick, we’d give the gong to Boyhood. If for nothing else, it’d give Michael Keaton one less reason to walk around with his head up his arse.