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89th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2016 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

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MANCHESTER BY THE SEA & MOONLIGHT WIN SCREENPLAY OSCARS

THE NOMINEES WERE...

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

20th Century Women
Mike Mills
1st nomination! 

 

 

Hell or High Water
Taylor Sheridan
1st nomination! 

La La Land
Damien Chazelle
2nd writing nomination 

Globe winner,

The Lobster
Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou
1st nom in this category 

 

 

Manchester by the Sea
Kenneth Lonergan

3rd writing nomination | 1ST WIN! 

NBR WINNER,NYFCC Winner


WHO WILL WIN?
Manchester by the Sea has the early edge but watch out for La La Land if it starts sweeping
WHO WAS LEFT OUT?
Captain Fantastic was surely in the running. As were Zootopia and Jackie. The Spirit awards liked The Witch and Little Men but other organizations didn't bite.
 

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY  

 

Arrival
Eric Heisenberg (1st nomination!) from the short story "The Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang

 

 

Fences
August Wilson (1st nomination!) wins a posthumous nomination for his classic stage play

 

Hidden Figures
Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder (1st nomination!) adapted the book by Margot Lee Shetterly

 

Lion
Luke Davies (1st nomination!) adapting the autobiography "Long Way Home" from Saroo Brierley

 

 

Moonlight
Barry Jenkins (1st nomination & WIN) adapted the unproduced play "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue"

 

WHO WILL WIN?
Screenplay categories can sometimes surprise but Moonlight looks formidable for the win
WHO WAS LEFT OUT?
Loving and Deadpool had WGA nominations, Silence took the NBR, and Nocturnal Animals was BAFTA nominated. Curiously a film that should have been locked up in this category (Love & Friendship) never won any traction.