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Oscar Watch: 'Birdman' up, 'Boyhood' down ... for now

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 Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild weighing in this weekend, we have a bit more clarity — and craziness — to sift through. Let's get to it ...

"Boyhood"

No, "Boyhood" did not have a good weekend. But its camp isn't going all Chicken Little, either. Linklater could well win Directors Guild of America honors in a couple of weeks, an award that also goes a long way in predicting the best picture race. (If Inarritu wins, forget it. "Birdman" will own the Oscars.) And even if Linklater's name isn't called, "Boyhood" could still win. Just last year, Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity") took the DGA and the director Oscar, but "12 Years a Slave" still prevailed for best picture.

And "Boyhood" wasn't completely shut out. Patricia Arquette won supporting actress honors at SAG, joining Julianne Moore ("Still Alice") and J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") as award-season stalwarts who will soon become newly minted Oscar winners. With just four main actors, "Boyhood" was always a long shot to take SAG's ensemble award, but Arquette's win shows some strength. Now its backers will just have to be a bit more aggressive in reminding the academy why they clogged Sunset a few weeks ago.

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