Worst: 'Boyhood' Almost Getting Totally Shut Out
As if to highlight the futile gambit of Oscar predictions: For months, the Best Picture was Boyhood's to lose — and Birdman started to pick up steam in the final stretch. Going into the night, most critics assumed the vote would split, with wins in the big categories divided among both. But other than Patricia Arquete's glorious victory, director Richard Linklater's 12-year odyssey ended up with nothing. Maybe this wasn’t officially an upset, because everybody knows the Academy loves to lavish movies about the entertainment business with awards (see: Argo, The Artist), but it was certainly a disappointment. Both movies were remarkable achievements of a totally different kind: Birdman was a smart, challenging, technical masterpiece, and Boyhood was a smart, deeply felt and wholly original experiment. Neither deserved to be overlooked.