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87th Oscars. The Oscar Contenders of 2014 - For prediction, discussion and entertainment purposes only. This is not a endorsement of quality work, especially since no one has seen the pictures yet!

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SCREENPLAY CATEGORIES ARE MUCH MORE FLUID THAN THEY USED TO BE ...SO TAKE THE CATEGORIZATIONS WITH A GRAIN OF SALT FOR THE MOMENT.


Original Screenplay - Final Predictions
The fifth spot is extremely wide open given that Foxcatcher, Selma, Mr Turner, and A Most Violent Year have all had trouble really winning sturdy traction. So I'm going with a risky surprise: Ida.
BOYHOOD
Richard Linklater
BIRDMAN
Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo
GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
Wes Anderson
NIGHTCRAWLER
Dan Gilroy
IDA
Pawel Pawlikowski & Rebecca Lenkiewicz

 


 

 The movie has become an indie event but will its loose 'make it up as we go along' feel hurt it in this category while helping it in direction?

The writing branch is usually kind to this kind of stylistic meta feat. It's hard to imagine this not being nominated.

That "inspired by the writings of..." tag will give it some leeway in campaigning but I suspect this category is where they'll try it

 

With Jake Gyllenhaal's Best Actor play gaining more traction this week, might the screenplay get a late-surge boost. It does have amazing and memorable dialogue

 

 

It has devout fans and if there's a real shocker in Original Screenplay wouldn't it be this arthouse hit?

Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
FOXCATCHER
Bennett Miller & Dan E Futterman 
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR
J.C. Chandor
SELMA
Paul Webb 
MR TURNER
Mike Leigh 

ST. VINCENT
Theory Melfi

 

A gray case in terms of category, but it's going Original though it's based on Mark Schultz autobiography and other documents involving the case - will the recent controversy involving Schultz objections hurt it? What will hurt it most is its slow dissipation from conversation

 

Film #3 and he's shown such range that if this is a rich family crime drama it might take his career to the next level - but some will knock it for its obvious influences and it doesn't seem to have caused much of an awards stir.

 

Disputes over credit aren't likely to help this historical drama win a screenplay nod. Especially when its struggling in precursor awards. 

 

The screenwriting branch loves Mike Leigh despite or maybe because of his rehearsal writing with the actors process

Well, SAG loved it. Maybe the writers branch will too?
Tier 3 - Vote Siphoning From...

PRIDE - Stephen Beresford
BIG EYES - Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
BEGIN AGAIN -
John Carney
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY
Ned Benson
LOVE IS STRANGE - Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias
INTERSTELLAR - Jonathan & Christopher Nolan

 

Best Adapted Screenplay - Final Predictions
Whiplash's sudden recategorizations and American Sniper's late to the party surge both spell big trouble for the beautifully observed Wild. 
GONE GIRL
Gillian Flynn
IMITATION GAME
Graham Moore
AMERICAN SNIPER
Jason Dean Hall
THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Anthony McCarten
WHIPLASH 
Damien Chazelle
(based on the novel by Gillian Flynn)
(based on the nonfiction book by Andrew Hodges)
(based on the memoir by Chris Kyle)

 

(based on "“Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen,”" by Jane Wilde)

(he made a short film of one of the scenes from this film first)
Tier 2 - Other Strong Possibilities
INHERENT VICE
Paul Thomas Anderson
WILD
Nick Hornby
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
James Gunn & Nicole Perlman 
UNBROKEN
The Coens + LaGravenese + Wilkinson 

THE LEGO MOVIE

(based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon)
(based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed)
 (based on the comic book by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning)
(based on the nonfiction book by Lauren Hillenbrand)
(based on the toys and MANY previously existing characters)
Tier 3 - more options

INTO THE WOODS _James Lapine (based on the Sonheim musical
ROSEWATER - john Stewart (based on the nonfiction book by Maziar Bahari & Aimee Molloy)
THE BOXTROLLS - Irena Brignull (based on the book by Alan Snow)
THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY - Steven Knight
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES - Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amada Silver
SNOWPIERCER - based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige)