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Oscar Watch: Has 'Birdman' locked up best picture?

Oscar Watch, charting the ups and downs of the award season, comes to you every Monday from now through the end of February. With the Directors Guild of America giving yet another big prize to "Birdman" and "Boyhood" making a last stand with voters across the Atlantic, let's check in on the contenders with one more week to go of Oscar balloting.


The last shred of hope for supporters of Richard Linklater's tender coming-of-age movie came Sunday when the British Academy of Film and Television Arts gave "Boyhood" prizes for picture and director. The last six BAFTA winners have gone on to take the best picture Oscar, and the "Boyhood" faithful can hope that the broad spectrum of industry voters that comprise BAFTA will reflect their counterparts in the academy this year as well. It's not a likely scenario, but, hey, it's something.

Eddie Redmayne

"The Theory of Everything" star won the British Academy Film Award on Sunday for lead actor, which, following his Screen Actors Guild victory, puts him nicely in line to win the Oscar. Unfortunately, Redmayne is more in the news right now for his appearance in the critically ridiculed box office bomb "Jupiter Ascending." His team can only hope that when academy members mark their ballots this week, they think of this and not this when voting for lead actor.

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