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

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FIRST APRIL FOOLISH CHARTS

Best Original Screenplay
Suffragette Ricki & The Flash The Hateful Eight Sicario Joy
Abi Morgan, an Emmy winner for The Hour, takes on this true story of the battle for the female vote Diablo Cody, who won the Oscar for Juno but no traction for the brilliant Young Adult is back with this Streep as musician pic Quentin Tarantino, who has won two Oscars for this category, could well be back with another shoot em up Western The Actor Taylor Sheridan, from Veronica Mars and Sons of Anarchy, has become a screenwriter. This FBI cartel drama is his first produced screenplay Annie Mumulo, an Oscar nominee for Bridesmaids is collaborating with the director David O. Russell who has been twice-nominated for writing

 

Other Major Possibilities

Demolition
The Sea of Trees
Tomorrowland Untitled Howard Hughes Project
Grandma
Brian Sipe has written a few under the radar films but pairing with Jean Marc-Vallee should change things Chris Sparling's initial claim to fame was that one-man drama Buried with Ryan Reynolds in a coffin If we ever figure out what it's about maybe Brad Bird will get his third writing nomination? He co-wrote with Damon Lindelop, Emmy winner Let's hope that 'if you rest, you rust' doesn't apply to Warren Beatty who hasn't made a movie in 14 years. The icon has been nominated 4 times for writing but he has yet to win this category Can this wonderful road trip comedy, written with Lily in mind by its director Paul Weitz, previously nominated for writing About a Boy, win traction. We're crossing our fingers
Other Possibilities

Ex Machina, Inside Out, Irrational Man, Knight of Cups, and Southpaw

Longer Shots: Aloha, Crimson Peak, The Lady in the Van, Louder Than Bombs, Midnight Special, and Money Monster

 

Best Adapted Screenplay Predictions
Freeheld
The Revenant
Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Steve Jobs
Ron Nyswaner, previously nominated for Philadelphia, adapted this Oscar winning documentary short into a feature  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 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?) 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 Aaron Sorkin, who won the Oscar in this category for The Social Network, adapted is adapting the biography by Walter Isaacson

 

Other Major Possibilities

Brooklyn Carol I Saw the Light
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl MacBeth
Novelist Nick Hornby, previously nominated in this category for An Education, adapts the novel by Colm Tóibín Phyllis Nagy, a previous Emmy nominee (Mrs Harris) adapted Patricia Highsmith's novel (also known as "The Price of Salt") for Todd Haynes Marc Abraham wrote this screenplay based on the biography of Hank Williams by Colin Escott  Jesse Andrews adapts his own novel of the same name for the screen in this Sundance hit Todd Louiso, Michael Lesslie and Jacob Koskoff adapting the Bard's tragedy. 
Other Possibilities

45 Years, A Bigger Splash, Black Mass, Concussion, Genius, Icon, In the Heart of the Sea, The Lady in the Van, The Light Between Oceans, Mr Holmes, Pan, Trumbo, Truth, Tulip Fever

Longer Shots? The 33, Beasts of No Nation, Creed, The Dressmaker, Far From Madding Crowd, The Martian, Pan, Snowden, The Walk

2015 or 2016? The Room (in post)