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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 11, 2014 at 12:44PM

Here's our take on the best original screenplay category.

Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Award nominations through January 2015, when the nominations are announced.

Here are our predictions for the Best Original Screenplay, which relative to its adapted counterpart has a ton of major contenders thanks to "Birdman," "Boyhood," "Mr. Turner," "Foxcatcher," "A Most Violent Year," "Selma," "The LEGO Movie," "Nightcrawler," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Whiplash" all being eligible in this category.  Should get interesting... and potentially a bit of shame given how many amazing screenplays might not make the cut. "Boyhood" and "Birdman" seem like sure things, but the rest of the category could be made up of any of those aforementioned other films.

Check out our predictions in other categories here.

The Locks:
1. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, "Birdman"
2. Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
3. Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"

An Embarrassment of Riches Battling It Out For The Last Two Slots:
4. Paul Webb, "Selma"
5. Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash"
6. Mike Leigh, "Mr. Turner"
7. Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler"
8. Dan Futterman & E. Max Frye, "Foxcatcher"
9. JC Chandor, "A Most Violent Year"
10. Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, "The LEGO Movie"

It's Simply Too Crowded For These Deserving Folks
11. Chris Rock, "Top Five"
12. Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, "Love Is Strange"
13. Theodore Melfi, "St. Vincent"
14. Justin Simien, "Dear White People"
15. Mark Heyman & Craig Johnson, "The Skeleton Twins"

READ MORE: For Your Consideration: A24 Makes Its First Major Play At Oscar With 'A Most Violent Year'

This article is related to: Awards, Awards Season, Oscars 2015


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