As 19 of our 29 Oscars experts predicted, Writers Guild champ Graham Moore won for Best Adapted Screenplay Sundy night. His film “The Imitation Game” is a historical drama based on the career of British cryptanalyst Alan Turing during World War II.
Rookie contender Moore was the favorite with odds of 2/3 based on the support of these 19 Experts: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Mike Cidoni (Associated Press), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Pete Hammond (Deadline), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Out.com), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Claudia Puig (USA Today), Jenelle Riley (Variety), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
Damien Chazelle, who had been expected to contend over in original screenplay for “Whiplash” was also a first-time nominee. He had second place odds of 21/10 with the backing of these 10 Experts: Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Thom Geier, Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), and Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere).
Anthony McCarten, who reaped his first two Oscar nods this year for writing and producing “The Theory of Everything,” was in the third position at 20/1. He won at BAFTA but was ineligible with the Writers Guild.
Tied with that film for third was rookie nominee Jason Hall for “American Sniper.”