Thursday, February 25, 2016

Oscar Winner Predictions: Best Original Screenplay

The competition: Bridge of Spies (Matt Charman, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen), Ex Machina (Alex Garland), Inside Out (Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmen, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve), Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer), Straight Outta Compton (Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus)

Previous winners: Birdman, Her, Django Unchained, Midnight in Paris, The King’s Speech, The Hurt Locker, Milk, Juno
My winner: “Sleeping with Other People”
The facts: The Coen Brothers have been nominated for screenwriting five times, winning twice - in 2007 for "No Country for Old Men" and "Fargo." Both McCarthy and Docter were nominated for writing "Up," and Docter was also nominated for penning the screenplays for "Wall-E" and "Toy Story." Docter is nominated for Best Animated Feature this year and McCarthy also contends for Best Director. “Bridge of Spies” and “Spotlight” are up for Best Picture.

Who should win: “Spotlight”
Who will win: Even though it may not take home Best Picture (though I’m hoping it will), Spotlight doesn’t have much competition here, unless “Inside Out” staged an unexpected upset.

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