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91st Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2018 (for the 2019 Ceremony) - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

 discuss on the blog 

JULY 7TH
PREDICTIONS  IN BOTH WRITING CATEGORIES
(SCROLL DOWN FOR ADAPTED)

Tier 1 - Prediction

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Backseat
Adam McKay
1 nomination for writing

He was previously nominated in adapting for The Big Short but I believe this film about Dick Cheney's rise to power, is an original?

The Favourite
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara

Yorgos Lanthimos is directing someone else's writing for a change. So perhaps this prediction is foolhardy! But the story opportunities are there in this historical piece for rich work.

First Reformed
Paul Schrader
(never nominated if you can believe that)

This is one of the best films of the year thus far and difficult to shake. Could both the screenplay and Hawke make it?

Welcome to Marwen
Robert Zemeckis (1 nom for writing) and Caroline Thompson
(never nom'ed)

At Eternity's Gate
Jean Claude Carriere (3 noms for writing & 1 honorary) & Julian Schnabel
(never nom'ed for writing)

Willem Dafoe plays Vincent van Gogh.

 
Tier 2 - Or Maybe It'll Be

Roma
Alfonso Cuarón (2 noms for writing)

The Oscar winning auteur returns to Mexico City for this drama about a family in the 1970s

Peterloo
Mike Leigh
(4 nominations for writing)

Oscar loves true stories... and the writers branch loves Mike Leigh's unique writing process of rehearsals with actors

Eighth Grade
Bo Burnham
(never nominated)

Let's throw caution to the wind and say this little middle school film will be one of the top critical darlings of the year and people will fall in love.

Everybody Knows
Asgar Farhadi
(1 nom for writing)

Oscar voters have already handed him two statues (for Best Foreign Film). He's primed to break through in a bigger way and he's a terrific writer.

Isle of Dogs
Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Kunichi Nomura

Wes Anderson's whimsical animated feature, currently in theaters.

 
Tier 3 - Are we underestimating?

Tier 4 (Other Originals in Alphabetical Order) 

Colette, Death and Life of John F Donovan, Happytime Murders, Hereditary, A Quiet Place, Red Joan, Sorry to Bother You, Under the Silver Lake, Tully, and What They Had

Destroyer
Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi

A detective reconnects with people from her undercover past in this crime drama starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Karyn Kusama

On the Basis of Sex
Daniel Stiepleman

Oscar loves a true story and this film could be well timed in terms of gender politics. 

 

 

Tier 1- Prediction

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

First Man
Josh Singer (1 nom & win) and Nicole Perlman (never nominated)

Based on the 2005 biography by James R Hansen "First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong"

Widows
Gillian Flynn (never nominated) and Steve McQueen (never nominated for writing)

Adapted from the characters created by Lynda La Plante for the TV miniseries Widows. But Gillian Flynn and Steve McQueen are both incredible talents so we're excited.

Beautiful Boy
Felix van Groenigen (never nom'ed for writing) and Luke Davies (1 nomination)

Based on the 2008 memoir by David Sheff "Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction". Davies was nominated for Lion

Blackkklansman
Spike Lee (1 nom for writing), David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, and Kevin Willmott (never nominated)

An adaptation of the memoir by Ron Stallworth about being a black officer undercover in the Klu Klux Klan

 

Wildlife
Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan (never nominated)

Based on Richard Ford's novel about a young man seeing his parent's marriage fall apart in the 1950s.

 

 
Tier 2 - Or Maybe It'll Be

Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Nicole Holofcener & Jeff Whitty (never nominated)

Based on "Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger" by Lee Israel. Melissa McCarthy stars.

If Beale Street Could Talk
Barry Jenkins (1 nom for writing)

Based on James Baldwin's 1974 novel about a young pregnant woman in Harlem whose fiance is accused of rape.

The Kindergarten Teacher

Sara Colangelo

An adaptation of the 2014 Israeli film by Nadav Lapid. Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance wowed audiences at Sundance.

Boy Erased
Joel Edgerton (never nominated)

Based on the book by Garrard Conley about a preacher's son sent to a conversion camp for gay kids. Could be a tearjerker and the cast is A list.

Mary, Queen of Scots
Beau Willimon (1 nomination)

Based on the biography "My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots" by John Guy. Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie headline.

 
Tier 3 - Too early to rule anyone out.

Tier 4 (Other Adaptations in Alphabetical Order)

The Aftermath, Best of Enemies, Black Panther, Disobedience, Gloria, Incredibles 2, Land ot Steady Habits, Little Strangers, Mary Poppins Returns, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Old Man and the Gun, A Star is Born, Valley Girl, Wildlife

 

 

The Front Runner
Matt Bai, Jay Carson, and Jason Reitman

Based on the book by Matt Bai about the sex scandal that destroyed Gary Hart's (Hugh Jackman)  career.

The Sisters Brothers
Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain (never nominated)

Based on the novel by Patrick Dewitt and being adapted by one of France's most powerful filmmakers.