Sunday, February 8, 2015

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu wins for 'Birdman' at the Directors Guild Awards

Although the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards and the BAFTA's might be more fun, the best Oscar prognosticators are the guild award shows. The Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild Awards were handed out a few weekends ago, with Fox Searchlight's Birdman winning both. Those wins solidified the high-wire black comedy as a much stronger Oscar contender and many started to look at the film as a bigger threat to presumed front-runner Boyhood. American Sniper and The Grand Budapest Hotel have continued to look strong, but neither seemed to have the momentum that Boyhood and Birdman had.

Last night, the Directors Guild of America handed out their annual awards, and Birdman came up big again. The film's director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, won the coveted award last night over industry favorites like Clint Eastwood, Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater. The Writers Guild Awards will be the final pre-cursor show next weekend, but with Birdman ineligible, it's likely that The Grand Budapest Hotel or Whiplash will pick up a win and muddle the race further.

Earlier today, Boyhood did win Best Picture at the BAFTA's (more on that later), but I'm not sure that means much. The film is obviously the critics' darling and it did pick up some important awards, yet it hasn't won where it counts. The Directors Guild and the Producers Guild match up with the Oscars all the time and based off of those awards, it's looking like a Birdman win is in the cards. We'll learn more as we approach Oscar night, but it should end up being one of the more dramatic shows in recent memory. Also, check out my current predictions for the Best Picture race:

1. Birdman
2. Boyhood
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. American Sniper
5. The Imitation Gamer
6. Selma
7. Whiplash
8. The Theory of Everything

Image Credits: Vulture

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