January 16, 2016 at 8:01 am #210257
I haven’t seen Ex-Machina ): It’s the only major 8 nomination I have yet to see. So I don’t know it’s quality or where it fits in the category.
in 4th place, Straight Outta Compton. O.K., this movie just wasn’t my cup of tea. I didn’t care for the characters, or their music, so it didn’t add up to anything for me. The writers branch was the only one to give a nomination to this movie.
In 3rd place, Bridge Of Spies. A respectable script but not an Oscar-winner dazzler imo. Competent and excellent but not brilliant.
In 2nd place, Inside Out. Witty, fun, interesting ideas (if maybe a bit simplistic). Wonderful!
In 1st place, Spotlight. The film is a diectorial and writers achievement more than anything else. The film builds well. There is so much beautiful writing for all of the characters. We undestand what the reporters did and how they did it. There were great human scenes between so many of the characters. I deeply cared about everyone (except for Cardinal Law, who I met in real life, and he gave me the creeps!) Superb script. I think Spotlight is a lock for the win in this category. If it wins BP and Director, it will win 3 Oscars, which is what i am expecting to happen. (If Spotlight wins SAG Ensemble, I think it’s a lock for BP. But if The Big Short or Trumbo wins, who knows? It’s up in the air again).January 16, 2016 at 9:05 am #210259
I don’t think praising Spotlight because “we undestand what the reporters did and how they did it” is much of a commendation. Surely that’s the minimum we should expect from a film about journalists?January 16, 2016 at 9:23 am #210260
Spotlight’s to lose because it really has no competition. Would love for AMPAS to start considering the animations they nominate here for actual wins.January 16, 2016 at 9:31 am #210261
I believe Thomas McCarthy is overdue for an Oscar. After moving, lovely scripts for The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win, Up and Spotlight, McCarthy deserves the award.January 16, 2016 at 9:37 am #210262
Inside Out deserves it, but Spotlight will get it.January 16, 2016 at 9:44 am #210263
One of the easiest locks of the night. This might end up being Spotlight’s only Oscar, which kind of makes it even more of a lock for such an apparent favorite.January 16, 2016 at 9:50 am #210264
Inside Out deserves this award by 10 miles. So creative and fun.January 16, 2016 at 10:44 am #210265
Yeah Inside Out should win this but probably it won. Bet on SpotlightJanuary 16, 2016 at 1:41 pm #210266
Clearly Spotlight is the frontrunner here.January 16, 2016 at 2:05 pm #210267
Funny how on paper this category seemed so locked up by Joy and The Hateful Eight. If someone had suggested several months ago that Ex Machina and Straight Outta Compton would be nominated over Oscar perennials Russell and Tarantino, it’s fair to say that eyebrows would have been raised. In the end I correctly predicted the whole category. I had a hunch the writers’ branch might have a problem with a lot of the over-expository dialogue in The Hateful Eight.
Spotlight will obviously win, Bridge of Spies is a distant runner-up. I actually suspect Inside Out will come last (not that we’ll ever know) for three reasons: its PGA snub in favour of EM and SOC, its lack of tech noms which most other Pixar films with writing noms received, and a general snooty bias against animation in top categories.January 16, 2016 at 2:14 pm #210268
If Hateful Eight had been in over Straight Outta Compton, this might have been my favorite category (I like Compton well enough, but the screenplay was not its strongest element).
Is there a world in which Spotlight doesn’t take this?January 16, 2016 at 2:18 pm #210269
Funny how on paper this category seemed so locked up by Joy and The Hateful Eight. If someone had suggested several months ago that Ex Machina and Straight Outta Compton would be nominated over Oscar perennials Russell and Tarantino, it’s fair to say that eyebrows would have been raised.
And they snubbed Aaron Sorkin and Charlie Kaufman on the adapted side. Mayhem!January 16, 2016 at 10:22 pm #210270
Give it to something ORIGINAL! So sick of bio pics being picked in this category over movies that created original characters with original stories with original dialogue. Team Inside Out all the way. Spotlight is really well written but come on, that happened in real life! The story was already laid out for them