While 21 of our Oscars experts are predicting that BAFTA and Writers Guild champs Wes Anderson and Hugh Guinness will win Best Original Screenplay for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” seven of them expect a victory for the Golden-Globe winning quartet who scripted “Birdman.” Anderson, who also contends for directing and producing this year, lost his two previous bids in this race (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” 2001; “Moonrise Kingdom,” 2012) as well as Animated Feature in 2010 (“Fantastic Mr. Fox”). This is the first Oscar nomination for Guinness.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is the 8/15 favorite with 21 Experts backing it: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Mike Cidoni (Associated Press), Scott Feinberg (Hollywood Reporter), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Jenelle Riley (Variety), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times), and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).
“Birdman” claimed the combined screenplay race at the Golden Globes for director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo. They have 23/10 odds at the Oscars with the support of seven Experts: Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Thom Geier, Mary Millilken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Out.com), Claudia Puig (USA Today), Keith Simanton (IMDB) and Sasha Stone (Awards Daily).
Richard Linklater is also a three-time nominee this year for writing, directing, and producing “Boyhood.” He has much better chances on those other categories than he does writing, where he is in third place with 50/1 odds.
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