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:
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel
4. American Sniper
5. The Imitation Gamer
8. The Theory of Everything