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Oscar Watching: No Imitating at Telluride


Best Original Screenplay

Birdman looks like the obvious choice since it’s a satire of the entertainment industry, but Foxcatcher might be the one to beat in the picture race. The directors might respect Richard Linklater vision for Boyhood more than the writers, but he should still be safe here. 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. Ava DuVernay and Paul Webb could get in for Selma if the film picks up acclaim for more than its performances. Leigh tends to get in whenever he makes a film, so reserve a slot for his nomination.

1. E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman for Foxcatcher

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

3. Richard Linklater for Boyhood

4. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for Big Eyes

5. Ava DuVernay and Paul Webb for Selma

6. Mike Leigh for Mr. Turner
7. Theodore Melfi for St. Vincent
8. Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan for Interstellar
9. J.C. Chandor for A Most Violent Year
10. Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Other Possibilities: Justin Simien for Dear White People, 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, 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, Jon Favreau for Chef, Ramin Bahrani, Amir Naderi, and Bahareh Azimi for 99 Homes, Eliot Laurence for Welcome to Me, Thomas McCarthy and Paul Sado for The Cobbler, Sebastián Silva for Nasty Baby


Best Adapted Screenplay

The category looks so thin right now, but you never know. Oscar voters might just name-check the Unbroken script – credited to Ethan and Joel Coen, Richard LaGravenese, and William Nicholson. The wave of hype for Imitation, though, suggests that Moore will be a threat.

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

2. Graham Moore for The Imitation Game

3. Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl

4. Richard Curtis for Trash

5. Anthony McCarten for The Theory of Everything

6. Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice
7. Nick Hornby for Wild
8. Kieran Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee Jones, and Wesley Oliver for The Homesman
9. Jason Dean Hall for American Sniper
10. Jon Stewart for Rosewater

Other Possibilities: David Kajganich for True Story, James Lapine for Into the Woods, 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, 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

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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.