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Oscar Watching: FOXCATCHER for the Win?

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Best Original Screenplay

The category looks so crowded, I’m not even predicting Christopher and Jonathan Nolan to get in for Interstellar. Birdman – penned by director Iñárritu and Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo – might be the obvious choice, but might the motion-picture academy finally award Leigh, who’s been nominated for this specific award on five different occasions? Big Eyes sees Burton teaming up with Ed Wood scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski; expect them to get in if the film’s an Oscar hit. The directors might respect Linklater’s vision for Boyhood more than the writers, but he should still be safe here. DuVernay and Paul Webb could get in for Selma if the film picks up acclaim for more than its performances.

1. Mike Leigh for Mr. Turner

2. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo for Birdman

3. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for Big Eyes

4. Richard Linklater for Boyhood

5. Ava DuVernay and Paul Webb for Selma

6. Theodore Melfi for St. Vincent
7. Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan for Interstellar
8. Justin Simien for Dear White People
9. J.C. Chandor for A Most Violent Year
10. Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Other Possibilities: Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias for Love is Strange, Stephen Beresford for Pride, David Ayer for Fury, Bill Dubuque and Nick Schenk for The Judge, Werner Herzog for Queen of the Desert, Sebastián Silva for Nasty Baby, Bruce Wagner for Maps to the Stars, Mark Heyman and Craig Johnson for The Skeleton Twins, John Michael McDonagh for Calvary, John Carney for Begin Again, Xavier Dolan for Mommy, Margaret Nagle for The Good Lie, Eliot Laurence for Welcome to Me, Thomas McCarthy and Paul Sado for The Cobbler, William Monahan for Mojave

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Best Adapted Screenplay

The category looks so thin after you get past the top nine, I think, but you never know. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller should be a force here for The LEGO Movie, but sadly, I don’t see it happening. I’m expecting Dan Futterman to pick up a second trophy – and E. Max Frye to nab his first – for Foxcatcher.

1. E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman for Foxcatcher

2. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Richard LaGravenese, and William Nicholson for Unbroken

3. Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl

4. Richard Curtis for Trash

5. Graham Moore for The Imitation Game

6. Nick Hornby for Wild
7. Anthony McCarten for The Theory of Everything
8. Jon Stewart for Rosewater
9. Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice
10. David Kajganich for True Story

Other Possibilities: James Lapine for Into the Woods, Jason Dean Hall for American Sniper, Jason Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson for Men, Women and Children, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for The LEGO Movie, William Monahan for The Gambler, Damien Chazelle for Whiplash, Peter Landesman for Kill the Messenger, Richard LaGravenese for The Last Five Years, Kieran Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee Jones, and Wesley Oliver for The Homesman, Dean DeBlois for How to Train Your Dragon 2, Joon-ho Bong and Kelly Masterson for Snowpiercer, Donald Margulies for The End of the Tour, Irena Brignull for The Boxtrolls, Liv Ullmann for Miss Julie, Steven Knight for The Hundred-Foot Journey

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Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.