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2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay

Festival favorites are in contention for the original screenplay Oscar. Updated 1/31/18.

Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele

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With award season at its peak, the race for Original Screenplay is extremely competitive. Here’s the timeline: the Sundance Film Festival broke out Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s husband-and-wife true romance “The Big Sick” (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate), which became an summer indie hit and scored a WGA nomination, as well as WGA-nominated Jordan Peele’s brainy genre-bender “Get Out” (Universal), the sleeper of 2017. And the fall film festivals brought a slew of name contenders, from Guillermo del Toro’s WGA-nominated “The Shape of Water” and Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (not eligible for the WGA) to Greta Gerwig’s WGA-nominated “Lady Bird.”

While Gerwig and Peele may not be in the running for Best Director, they are duking it out for this win. Peele may score points for originality for his outrageously imagined racial thriller, and did win the WGA Award.

Saoirse Ronan and Lucas Hedges, "Lady Bird" from

Saoirse Ronan and Lucas Hedges, “Lady Bird” from


Jordan Peele (“Get Out”)
Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”)


Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
 (“The Shape of Water”)
Martin McDonagh
 (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”)
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon (“The Big Sick”)’

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