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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the
87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced.

Though Best Picture and its original screenplay counterpart give it a run for its money, this is probably the most unpredictable of the major races.  Anyone but Paul Thomas Anderson could easily win, especially after “The Theory of Everything” beat “The Imitation Game” at the BAFTAs. “Game” had seemingly been the frontrunner, but “Theory,” “Whiplash” and the soaring “American Sniper” are all looking to upset it — and we think one of them will.

Our prediction below. Check out our predictions in other categories here.

The Nominees:
“American Sniper,” Jason Hall
“The Imitation Game,” Graham Moore
“Inherent Vice,” Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Theory of Everything,” Anthony McCarten
“Whiplash,” Damien Chazelle

Will Win: “Whiplash”
Could Win: “The Imitation Game” or “The Theory of Everything” or “American Sniper”
Should Win: “Whiplash”
Shoulda Been Here: “Gone Girl”

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There we go again with the amateurs. Gone Girl is the Scott Peterson case with a twist. Get real and go post your comments on subjects less complicated like "what time the sun comes up?


Gone Girl although entertaining its the peterson case with a cute twist. Still a pop corn movie




Imitation Game should win, completely changes your view from what you were taught in history class..thats award winning-worthy IMO


Whiplash is Almost Famous all over again…look for the upset…


So Guardians is in here but X-Men isn’t?


My final prediction:

– Graham Moore, "The Imitation Game" (Very Deserving)
– Anthony McCarten, "The Theory of Everything" (very Oscar style. Good screenplay, just the direction of the movie is bad)
– Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl" (the popular choice)
– Jason Hall, "American Sniper" (in a fair awards world, should be win)
– Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson, "Unbroken" (never underestimate the power of the Coen’s. I think it would be the only big nom for Unbroken)


The Theory of Everything had a damn terrible script. If it didn’t get such talented actors everyone would see what a horrendous job it did of telling its story.

Beth Ridge

Hi Peter: you missed listing two of the writers on Obvious Child – Karen Maine and Elisabeth Holm both have story by screenwriting credits.


If these predictions are accurate, it’s going to be a pretty disappointing line-up.


Edge of Tomorrow


What ultimately will win, Gone Girl(overhyped). What SHOULD have won, The Imitation Game. My dark horses Inherent Vice & Unbroken.


I know it is a musical, but you could add Into the Woods into the field. With such a weak field, it at least has a shot.


God, Gone Girl is so overrated. It’s too bad the script will be nominated.


I think Foxcatcher would be in this category, since it’s based on a book.


Yup, relatively disappointing year for adapted. Just like last year.


Winter Soldier? anyone?


Surprised snowpiercer isn’t on this list


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1


I agree that this isn’t the deepest field out there. Anyway, I just watched Polanski’s Venus in Fur, and I’m surprised it isn’t factoring into any of these predictions. The writing and acting were superb, certainly among the best of the year so far. Is it because it is regarded as more of a minor work that it is getting ignored?


Winner: Gone Girl|||
.Inherent Vice
.The Imitation Game
.The Theory of Everything


Gillian Flynn should be Gone Girl!


Get Wild on there. Who are you kidding with Rosewater?


Gillian Flynn, Unbroken – What!?

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