Hollywood Prepares For Its Oscars Close-up - Yahoo NewsBy ampilrerasc, 13:39
Dark comedy "Birdman" is vying with coming-of-age drama "Boyhood" for best picture at the Oscars, although a late surge by "American Sniper" could yet cause an upset. Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and Britain's Eddie Redmayne are among those widely tipped to take home acting prizes during the show, hosted by song-and-dance man Neil Patrick Harris. On the eve of the Oscars, "Birdman" got a new boost Saturday, taking best film at the Independent Spirit blog url awards as well as best actor for Michael Keaton, while "Boyhood" took best director for Richard Linklater. But the race for the biggest prize of the night Sunday remains too close to call, with less than 24 hours to go. "Birdman," a fanciful yet dark tale of a washed-up superhero actor battling to revive his career on Broadway, has swept a string of prizes ahead of the Oscars including top prizes from the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild of America. But Linklater's "Boyhood" -- which was made over the course of 12 years with the same actors aging with their characters -- scooped up the biggest awards at last month's Golden Globes, as well as Britain's BAFTAs. Some have even suggested that Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" could sneak up on the inside as a dark horse, boosted by the film's box office success as the highest-grossing war movie of all time. 'Boyhood' - Ballots cast - When nominations were announced last month, "Birdman" shared the most nods with Wes Anderson's stylish crime caper "The Grand Budapest Hotel," at nine each, followed by World War II thriller "The Imitation news Game" with eight.
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