Monday, May 25, 2015


2016 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire

A year after not one woman was nominated in either screenplay category, it looks like we're heading toward a much needed change of pace.

Believe it or not, Amy Schumer could very well be able to call herself an Oscar nominee a year from now if "Trainwreck" can ride its extremely strong reviews to some deserved Oscar buzz (like "Bridesmaids" did when it got a nomination here).  And Schumer could be joined by "Bridesmaids" co-scribe Annie Mumolo (teaming with David O. Russell to write the "Joy" script), previous winner here Diablo Cody ("Ricki and the Flash"), Greta Gerwig (who co-wrote "Mistress America" with Noah Baumbach"), Abi Morgan ("Suffragette") and none other than Angelina Jolie (who wrote her next directorial effort, "By The Sea"). Imagine that lineup of nominees?

Best Original Screenplay predictions below. Check out predictions in other categories here.
The Four To Beat From What We've Seen:
Alex Garland, "Ex-Machina"
Bob Petersen & Pete Docter, "Inside Out"
Amy Schumer & Judd Apatow, "Trainwreck"
Paul Weitz, "Grandma"

The set of "Trainwreck"

Will Noah Baumbach Cancel Himself Out?
Noah Baumbach, "While We're Young"
Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig, "Mistress America"

The Incoming Heavyweights  (At Least On Paper):
Matt Charman, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, "Bridge of Spies"
Angelina Jolie, "By The Sea" 
Bryan Sipe, "Demolition"
Enrico Casarosa & Bob Petersen, "The Good Dinosaur"

Quentin Tarantino, "The Hateful Eight"
Annie Mumolo & David O. Russell, "Joy"
Diablo Cody, "Ricki & The Flash"
Abi Morgan, "Suffragette"

Reasonable Possibilities (Though At This Point, Anything Is):
Cameron Crowe, "Aloha"
David Kajganic & Alain Page, "A Bigger Splash"
Robert Budreau, "Born To Be Blue"
Simon Beaufoy, Mark Medoff, Justin Isbell & William Nicholson, "Everest"
Alan DiFiore, Jim Kouf & Jamie Linden, "Money Monster"
Alejandro Amenabar, "Regression"
Kurt Stutter, "Southpaw"

Jon Robin Baitz, "Stonewall"
Nicholas Kazan, "The Whole Truth"

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