Monday, February 9, 2015

'Boyhood' wins Best Picture at the BAFTAs as Oscar race intensifies

The Oscar race is in the home stretch at this point, with only one guild awards show left (the Writers Guild next weekend). The Critics Choice and Golden Globes gave their Best Picture prize to Richard Linklater's instant classic drama Boyhood, which made the 12 year project an early Best Picture front-runner. However, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's black comedy Birdman surged back with wins at the Screen Actors, Producers and Directors Guild and became the new leader in the Best Picture race. With neither flick favored to win at the Writers Guild (Birdman is flat-out ineligible), the BAFTA awards (the British Oscars, essentially) were the last stop before the Oscars on February 22.

Last night, Boyhood won Best Picture at the BAFTA awards, another strong victory for the film that has fallen back in the rankings over the last few weeks. The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne also pretty much sealed his Oscar victory with another win over Michael Keaton. But the bigger news is Boyhood's win, which sets up an intense battle between the ambitious coming-of-age flick and the complex and innovative comedy. Birdman still won all three of the incredibly important guild awards, but Boyhood has picked up some critical wins as well. I don't think we can call either film the favorite at this point. Pete Hammond at Deadine is even speculating that a third film could come in and steal the Oscar win. Either way, this is going to be one spectacular finish. 

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