Only 12 hours earlier, many were declaring the 2015 Oscar race over. When Alejandro G. Inarritu won the DGA Award on Saturday night, it seemed “Birdman” was unstoppable. The film had already won the top prizes from SAG and PGA, but many were still predicting Richard Linklater to go home victorious for “Boyhood.” When Inarritu’s name was called, it felt like the final piece had fallen into place to ensure “Birdman”’s victory.
And now, the BAFTA Awards have chosen to anoint “Boyhood” the best picture of the year, while also giving Linklater best director and Patricia Arquette best supporting actress. What’s even more telling is that “Birdman” only walked away with a single award, for Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography.