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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire October 27, 2014 at 12:06PM

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," "Interstellar," "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.

The Locks:
1. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, "Birdman"
2. Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"

Strong Bets From What We've Seen (So Many!)
3. Damien Chazelle, "Whiplash"
4. Mike Leigh, "Mr. Turner"
5. Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
6. Dan Futterman & E. Max Frye, "Foxcatcher"
7. Christopher & Jonathan Nolan, "Interstellar"
8. Chris Rock, "Top Five"

They're Going To Have To Be Really Great To Crack This Competition:
9. JC Chandor, "A Most Violent Year"
10. Ava DuVernay & Paul Webb, "Selma"
11. Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, "Big Eyes"

Is It Simply Too Crowded For These Deserving Folks?
12. Mark Heyman & Craig Johnson, "The Skeleton Twins"
13. Dan Gilroy, "Nightcrawler"
14. Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, "Love Is Strange"
15. Theodore Melfi, "St. Vincent"

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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