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Elle. Basically the same movie as The Piano Teacher but sillier. Huppert is great, but when is she not? -Jonathan

The Edge of Seventeen because I needed something light and fun. So delightful, and anchored by a wonderful Hailee Steinfeld performance. - Marina



Maria Schrader (Stefan Zweig...)
Boo Junfeng (The Apprentice
Gianfranco Rosi (Fire At Sea)
Chris Kelly (Other People)
NWR (Neon Demon)

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

 discuss on the blog

December 5th Predictions

Tier 1 - Predicted 5

 Manchester by the Sea
Kenneth Lonergan


NBR WINNER, Spirit Nomination, Critics Choice Nom, NYFCC Winner

 Hell or High Water
Taylor Sheridan



 Spirit Nomination, Critics Choice Nom

Barry Jenkins

This is based on an unproduced play but is claiming "original" status due to the "unproduced" part - can't call it a lock based on possibilities of last minute Oscar forced switcheroo (a la Whiplash)

 Spirit Nomination, Critics Choice Nom

20th Century Women
Mike Mills

 Spirit Nomination



The Lobster
Yorgos Lanthimos & Efthymis Filippou

If they're seeking originality this year and thinking outside of the best picture box


Critics Choice Nom

Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong

La La Land
Damien Chazelle

Musicals historically have trouble in this category but it is the best picture frontrunners so...

Critics Choice Nom

Jeff Nichols

Will they want to award him here or in direction?

Critics Choice Nom

Noah Oppenheim


Jared Bush & Phil Johnson
 Toni Erdmann
Maren Ade
Tier 3 - Longer Shots. Other Possibilities
Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker)
Miss Sloane
(Jonathan Perera)
(Jon Spaihts)
Cafe Society
(Woody Allen)
Collateral Beauty (Allan Loeb)
Morris From America (Chad Hartigan)
The Witch (Robert Eggers)  Spirit Nomination - FIRST screenplay
Hail, Caesar! (Joel & Ethan Coen)
The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi)

Little Men
Ira Sachs

 Spirit Nomination

 Captain Fantastic
Matt Ross


ADAPTED SCREENPLAY  - nothing settled in this category because it's the original screenplays getting all the attention! 
Tier 1 - Predicted 5

August Wilson seems likely to net a posthumous nomination 

Critics Choice Nom

Luke Davies adapting the autobiography "Long Way Home" from Saroo Brierley

Critics Choice Nom

from the short story "The Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang

Critics Choice Nom

Jay Cocks adapting the novel by Shûsaku Endô



 Love & Friendship
Whit Stilman adapting from "Lady Susan" by Jane Austen




Tier 2 - Also Could Be Strong

Todd Kormanicki adapted the autobiography


Critics Choice Nom

will safely appeal to the more mainstream voters

Hidden Figures
Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder adapting the book by Margot Lee Shetterly

Critics Choice Nom

Pedro Almodovar adapting short stories by Alice Munro

and he's campaigning for it...


David Birke adapting the novel "Oh..." by Philippe Djian


But all the credit seems to be going to Isabelle ;) 

Nocturnal Animals
Tom Ford adapting the novel "Tony and Susan" by Austin Wright

Critics Choice Nom

Tier 3 - Longer Shots. Other Possibilities

Girl on the Train (Erin Cressida Wilson adapting the novel by Paula Hawkins)
Snowden (Kieran Fitzgerald and Oliver Stone) from the book by Luke Harding and Anatoly Kucherena
The Light Between Oceans (Derek Cianfrance adapting the novel by ML Steadman)
Indignation James Schamus adpating Philip Roth
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Jean-Christopher Castelli adapting the novel by Ben Fountain 

The Handmaiden
Park Chan-wook based on the novel "Fingersmith" by Sarah Waters
Queen of Katwe
William Wheeler from the book by Tim Crothers