Who will win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay? You can now make your predictions in our prediction center.
It’s hard to identify a common theme in this Oscar race; in the last 10 years, the award has gone to dramas (“Crash”) and comedies (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Juno”), true stories (“Milk”) and fiction (“The Hurt Locker”), period films (“The King’s Speech”) and sci-fi (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Her“). But if there’s one thing a screenplay winner usually needs, it’s broad academy support. The last nine winners in a row were also Best Picture nominees.
A number of strong Best Picture hopefuls might contend for their original scripts, including “Boyhood,” written and directed by two-time past Oscar-nominee Richard Linklater; “Foxcatcher,” penned by E. Max Frye and past Oscar-nominee Dan Futterman (“Capote”); “Interstellar,” by two more past Oscar contenders, Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan; “Birdman,” by a quartet of writers including past directing nominee Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu; and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” by three-time nominee Wes Anderson.
Films based on true stories are also popular with Oscar voters, so “Big Eyes,” “Selma,” and “Get On Up” could capitalize. “Mr. Turner” is also a true story and was written and directed by frequent Oscar-contender Mike Leigh, a seven-time nominee.
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