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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 21, 2014 at 9:36PM

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

The Grand Budapest Hotel
"The Grand Budapest Hotel"
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 already has a ton of major contenders thanks to "Birdman," "Boyhood," "Mr. Turner," "Foxcatcher," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Whiplash" all being eligible in this category. Which doesn't leave much room, though there sure are a lot of potential hopefuls en route. Should get interesting... and potentially a bit of shame given how many amazing screenplays might not make the cut.

Check out our predictions in other categories here.

Best Bets From What We've Seen:
1. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, "Birdman"
2. Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"
3. Mike Leigh, "Mr. Turner"
4. Dan Futterman & E. Max Frye, "Foxcatcher"
5. Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
6. Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash"
7. Chris Rock, "Top Five"

Strong Contenders (At Least On Paper):
8. JC Chandor, "A Most Violent Year"
9. David Ayer, "Fury"
10. Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, "Big Eyes"
11. Christopher & Jonathan Nolan, "Interstellar"
12. Ava DuVernay & Paul Webb, "Selma"

Dark Horses From What We've Seen:
13. Mark Heyman & Craig Johnson, "The Skeleton Twins"
14. Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler"
15. John Michael McDonagh, Calvary
16. Theodore Melfi, St. Vincent
17. Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, "Love is Strange"
18. John Carney, "Begin Again"
19. Jon Favreau, "Chef"
20. Xavier Dolan, "Mommy"

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