As of this writing, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a close second in our Golden Globe predictions for Best Screenplay with 9/4 odds, behind “Birdman” (10/11 odds). It could be poised to upset much the way “Her” did last year.
The Golden Globes love to spread the wealth, so while “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” were duly awarded with Best Picture prizes last year in the musical/comedy and drama races, respectively, the Hollywood Foreign Press decided to give its Best Screenplay prize to Spike Jonze for his offbeat sci-fi romance “Her.”
“Grand Budapest” is also an offbeat film written by its director (Wes Anderson), and like “Her” it has steadily risen in the ranks from underdog critics darling to bona fide Best Picture contender. It has consistently exceeded our expectations, along the way picking up four nominations at the Globes, 11 nominations at the Critics’ Choice Awards, another 11 nominations at the BAFTA Awards, a Best Ensemble bid at the SAG Awards, and a Best Picture citation from the Producers Guild.
And Best Screenplay may be the best opportunity for the Globes to honor “Grand Budapest.” It faces an uphill battle for Best Musical/Comedy Picture, Best Musical/Comedy Actor (Ralph Fiennes), and Best Director (Anderson); it’s up against a potentially dominant “Birdman” in all three categories, as well as “Boyhood” helmer Richard Linklater in the directing race.
But as the film continues to ascend to a potential Oscars windfall, Globes voters may want to jump on the bandwagon for the film now rather than risk snubbing one of the biggest awards season contenders.
Nevertheless, our Experts still expect “Birdman” to prevail, but 17 of our Top 24 Users (the highest scorers predicting last year’s Globe winners) say it will be “Grand Budapest.” Could they be onto something?
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