Jonathan Richards and Lau­rel Glad­den pre­dict the win­ners

Pasatiempo - - NEWS -

BEST PIC­TURE — This is a year in which egg could wind up on a lot of prog­nos­ti­cat­ing faces. Ex­per­tise is shaky and cer­tainty in short sup­ply. But when the dust has cleared, the field of eight nar­rows down to a few fa­vorites. De­spite its boffo box of­fice and late surge, Amer­i­can Sniper prob­a­bly falls away from the top group, suf­fer­ing from un­easi­ness about its sub­ject mat­ter. Har­vey We­in­stein’s mus­cle be­hind The Imi­ta­tion Game means that at­ten­tion must be paid. But the choice most likely comes down to the killer Bs, Boy­hood and Bird­man . Both are ter­rific movies, but too many peo­ple didn’t like or just didn’t get bird­man . Boy ood on at the BAF­TAs, and its bold con pt a d beau­ti­ful ecu­tion should pre­vail. CHOICE: Boy­hood PRE­DIC­TION: Boy­hood

DI­RECT­ING — Could e get an­other Pic­ture/Dir ctor split this year? Why not? It’s a wa fo Os­car t s read the wealth, and it’s been al the rage in the re­cent past. Much ink has been spi ed lament­ing Selma direc­tor Ava Du­Ver­nay’s ab­sence from this el . A o seri s snub, to my mind, is Mr. urner ’s Mik Leigh. Bennett Miller ( Fox­catcher ) and Morten Tyl­dum ( The Imi­ta­tion

Game ) are prob­a­bly first to the exit. Wes An­der­son has a lot of well-earned sup­port for The Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel . But Richard Lin­klater ( Boy­hood ) and Ale­jan­dro González Iñár­ritu ( Bird­man ) will be the last men stand­ing, and if Boy­hood wins Best Pic­ture, look for Iñár­ritu to hold up the di­rect­ing stat­uette. Of course, it could go the other way. CHOICE: Ale­jan­dro González Iñár­ritu, Bird­man PRE­DIC­TION: Ale­jan­dro González Iñár­ritu, Bird­man

Best Pic­ture nom­i­nee Boy­hood

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.