For movie lovers, it's the biggest night of the year. The 87th Academy Awards take place on 22 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, with many experts predicting that the race for best picture is one of the tightest in years.

But will it be Boyhood, Birdman, or an outsider that takes home the coveted golden statuette? IBTimes UK film critics Alfred Joyner and Ben Skipper look at each of the eight contenders, before predicting who will win and who should win.

The films nominated for best picture:

American Sniper



The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything