"Spotlight" and "Inside Out" were always the two surefire nominees in this category, and now that they've made the cut they are certainly the two frontrunners.
Below is Anne Thompson's take on how things might shake down in the race for Best Original Screenplay. Check out Thompson on Hollywood's Oscar predictions pages for more awards season analysis. Click here for more category breakdowns on Indiewire.
Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus ("Straight Outta Compton")
Predicted Winner: "Spotlight"
Potential Spoiler: "Inside Out"
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