2017 Oscar Predictions – Best Original Screenplay

UPDATED – FEBRUARY 23, 2017 – OSCAR NOMINEES – This is one of the hardest categories to predict.  For weeks I’ve fought against the notion that “La La Land” would win Original Screenplay.  Then BAFTA handed it to “Manchester by the Sea,” solidifying those thoughts.  At this last minute, against my better judgement, I’m going with the Academy to match the Golden Globe winner.

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AND THE NOMINEES ARE

  1. La La Land” – Damien Chazelle
  2. Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan
  3. Hell or High Water” – Taylor Sheridan
  4. 20th Century Women” – Mike Mills
  5. The Lobster” – Efthimis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos

THE NEXT MISSES

  • Captain Fantastic” – Matt Ross
  • Zootopia” – Byron Howard, Jared Bush, Rich Moore, Josie Trinidad, Jim Reardon, Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee
  • I, Daniel Blake” – Paul Laverty
  • Kubo and the Two Strings” – Marc Haimes, Shannon Tindle, Chris Butler
  • Toni Erdmann” – Maren Ade

OTHER TOP-TIER MISSES

ALSO MISSED

  • Moana” – Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Little Men” – Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias
  • The Birth of a Nation” – Jean McGianni Celestin, Nate Parker
  • American Honey” – Andrea Arnold
  • The Founder” – Robert D. Siegel
  • Cafe Society” – Woody Allen
  • Morris from America” – Chad Hartigan
  • Krisha” – Trey Edward Shults
  • Christine” – Craig Shilowich
  • Bleed for This” – Ben Younger, Pippa Blanco

OTHER MISSES

  • Midnight Special” – Jeff Nichols
  • Allied” – Steven Knight
  • Passengers” – Jon Spaiths
  • Miles Ahead” – Don Cheadle, Steven Baigelman, Stephen J. Rivele, Christopher Wilkinson
  • The Meddler” – Lorene Scafaria
  • Things to Come” – Mia Hansen-Love
  • The Comedian” – Lewis Friedman, Richard LaGravenese, Art Linson, Jeffrey Ross
  • Trolls” – Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger, Erica Rivinoja
  • Collateral Beauty” – Allan Loeb
  • Gold” – Stephen Gaghan, Patrick Massett, John Zinman

UNRANKED CONTENDERS IN PLAY

  • 13th” – Spencer Averik, Ava DuVernay
  • The Accountant” – Bill Dubuque
  • Aquarius” – Kleber Mendonca Filho
  • Born to be Blue” – Robert Burdreau
  • Desierto” – Jonás Cuarón, Mateo Garcia
  • Green Room” – Jeremy Saulnier
  • Mascots” – Christopher Guest
  • The Red Turtle” – Michael Dudok de Wit
  • Southside with You” – Richard Tanne
  • The Unknown Girl” – Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
  • The Witch” – Robert Eggers

*=could be deemed ADAPTED
**=could be pushed back to 2017

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