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Oscar Watching: Changing Tides?

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Best Original Screenplay

Another round of Birdman vs. Boyhood, it seems. For what it’s worth, Chris Rock‘s shrewd balancing of human comedy and broad humor in Top Five should be garnering more attention all around – and especially here.

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

2. Richard Linklater for Boyhood

3. Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness for The Grand Budapest Hotel

4. Paul Webb for Selma

5. Damien Chazelle for Whiplash

6. Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler
7. J.C. Chandor for A Most Violent Year
8. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for The LEGO Movie
9. E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman for Foxcatcher
10. Chris Rock for Top Five

Other Possibilities: Mike Leigh for Mr. Turner, Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan for Interstellar, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for Big Eyes, Theodore Melfi for St. Vincent, John Carney for Begin Again, Justin Simien for Dear White People, Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias for Love is Strange, Stephen Beresford for Pride, Mark Heyman and Craig Johnson for The Skeleton Twins, John Michael McDonagh for Calvary, Xavier Dolan for Mommy

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Best Adapted Screenplay

Such a weak category – watch one of the Brit contenders win, or maybe they split votes and pave the way for a Gillian Flynn upset. Unbroken might get a nod, if voters are simply name-checking.

1. Anthony McCarten for The Theory of Everything

2. Graham Moore for The Imitation Game

3. Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl

4. Nick Hornby for Wild

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

6. Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice
7. Jason Dean Hall for American Sniper
8. Kieran Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee Jones, and Wesley Oliver for The Homesman
9. James Lapine for Into the Woods
10. Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland for Still Alice

Other Possibilities: Joon-ho Bong and Kelly Masterson for Snowpiercer, Dean DeBlois for How to Train Your Dragon 2

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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.