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Nicole Kidman on Stage

"Any chance this transfers to broadway I wonder?" - Joseph

"As a long term Kidmaniac, this is just the type of comeback I was hoping for." - allaboutmymovies


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88th Oscars. Oscar Contenders of 2015 - For prediction, discussion, entertainment purposes only

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Best Original Screenplay
Spotlight Inside Out Youth Sicario Hateful Eight
It's based on a Boston Globe series of articles but given that it's about the creation of that series rather than adapted from it will it be Original? Could go either way since there are few hard rules anymore with these categories
 Pixar has been in the writing categories multiple times in the past and with the reception of Inside Out it seems very likely again Popular at Cannes and if Oscar likes it as much as they liked Sorrentino's last picture (The Great Beauty) watch out because this one is in English The Actor Taylor Sheridan, from Veronica Mars and Sons of Anarchy, has become a screenwriter. This FBI cartel drama is his first produced screenplay
Quentin Tarantino, who has won two Oscars for this category, could well be back with another shoot em up Western 


Other Contenders

I'll See You In My Dreams


Long Shots: Son of Saul, Ex Machina, Grandma, Crimson Peak, Spy, Irrational Man 
The screeners wisely went out early and the movie has been very warmly received by those who've given it a try Being Charlie Kaufman. This was actually based on a play by Kaufman from 2005 but since AMPAS has made all sorts of bizarre rulings of late in original/adapted who knows.

Annie Mumulo, an Oscar nominee for Bridesmaids is collaborating with the director David O. Russell who has been twice-nominated for writing

Abi Morgan, an Emmy winner for The Hour, takes on this true story of the battle for the female vote


Best Adapted Screenplay Predictions
Steve Jobs
The Revenant
The Martian
The Danish Girl
 Aaron Sorkin, who won the Oscar in this category for The Social Network, is adapting the biography by Walter Isaacson
Iñárritu (who won for co-writing Birdman) and Mark L Smith who has mostly worked in low budget thrillers adapted this novel by Michael Punke

If the writer's branch wants to honor an adaptation that doesn't feel weighed down with gravitas ("since when?" you cry), they mighty appreciate this film's joyful dialogue and strong pacing. Drew Goddard adapts the Andy Weir novel

After years in development hell this adaptation of David Ebershoff's novel about Einer Wagoner who transitioned to life as Lili Elbe, was finally made with screenplay by Lucinda Coxon

This adaption of Emma Donoghe's best seller (by Emma Donoghue herself) was the surprise champ of TIFF. But the last author who adapted her own book to great success they ignored (Gone Girl)


Other Major Possibilities

Carol Bridge of Spies Brooklyn

Our Brand is Crisis

Long Shots: Truth, The Big Short, Far From Madding Crowd, Pan, The Walk, In the Heart of the Sea, Mr Holmes, MacBeth, Concussion, Lady in the Van, Beasts of No Nation, 45 Years, Black Mass
Phyllis Nagy, a previous Emmy nominee (Mrs Harris) adapted Patricia Highsmith's novel (also known as "The Price of Salt") for Todd Haynes The Coen Bros and Matt Charman co-wrote this true story which has also been a book (same title) by Giles Whittell but notes on the movie dont mention the book so perhaps they're considering themselves "original' (but then why the same name?) Novelist Nick Hornby, previously nominated in this category for An Education, adapts the novel by Colm Tóibín "Suggested" by the documentary by Rachel Boynton. Oh no. Does that mean they're going to pretend to be original?