This past Saturday, Alejandro González Iñárritu won Best Director at the Directors Guild of America Awards for his mesmerizing work on the best film of last year Birdman. The film is beginning to look like the frontrunner going into the Oscars in a couple of weeks. Ballots are out now, so it is in the hands of the Academy. Hopefully that don’t make a mess out of the awards as they did with the nominations. Birdman has now won the PGA, SAG and DGA. The biggest competition to it is Richard Linklater’s wonderful Boyhood, which has won the ACE and this Sunday, took home Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette) at the BAFTA Awards. The Writers Guild will announce their winners this weekend, and I would not be surprised if Mr. Anderson wins one for his fantastic The Grand Budapest Hotel.
In the last five years, the winner of the PGA and BAFTA have gone on to win the Oscar. The exception here is that the PGA and BAFTA were split between Birdman and Boyhood. Then, the DGA went to Iñárritu and Best Director at the BAFTA’s went to Linklater, but remember a couple of years back, Ben Affleck won the DGA for Argo, but was not even nominated for Best Director at the Oscars. Then you have Boyhood winning the Drama category at the Golden Globes, while The Grand Budapest Hotel won the Comedy/Muscial category, beating out the predicted favorite Birdman. It is really all about these three films in the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Cinematography categories. Formats and historical tendencies might be out the door this year. And, Birdman did not receive a Best Editing nomination at the Oscars, so there is that.
These three films — Birdman, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel, have the most guild and critic support going into the Oscars, and I just have a feeling we will be in for a few surprises come Oscar night. I honestly think the awards love will be spread throughout these three films and rightly so. I am not ready to predict the winners just yet, but I expect multiple victories for all three of these fine films. Throw out the history books, it is going to be an exciting Academy Awards night.
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