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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire November 17, 2014 at 10:53AM

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," "Interstellar," "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.

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"

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3. Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash"
4. Mike Leigh, "Mr. Turner"
5. Ava DuVernay & Paul Webb, "Selma"
6. Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
7. Dan Futterman & E. Max Frye, "Foxcatcher"
8. JC Chandor, "A Most Violent Year"
9. Chris Rock, "Top Five"
10. Christopher & Jonathan Nolan, "Interstellar"

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11. Mark Heyman & Craig Johnson, "The Skeleton Twins"
12. Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler"
13. Theodore Melfi, "St. Vincent"
14. Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, "Love Is Strange"
15. Justin Simien, "Dear White People"

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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