Oscars predictions: Experts split on Adapted Screenplay with 18 for ‘The Imitation Game,’ 10 for ‘Whiplash’

While 18 of our Oscars experts are predicting that Writers Guild champ Graham Moore will win Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Imitation Game,” 10 of them expect writer/director Damien Chazelle to prevail for “Whiplash.” 

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Rookie contender Moore is the favorite with odds of 2/3 based on the support of these 18 Experts: Thelma Adams (ZEALnyc), Matt Atchity (Rotten Tomatoes), Mike Cidoni (Associated Press), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Michael Musto (Out.com), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Claudia Puig (USA Today), Jenelle Riley (Variety), Christopher Rosen (Huffington Post), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Glenn Whipp (Los Angeles Times) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.com).

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Chazelle, who had been expected to contend over in original screenplay, is also a first-time nominee and has odds of 15/8 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), Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) and Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere).

Anthony McCarten, who reaped his first two Oscar nods this year for writing and producing “The Theory of Everything,” is in third place at 50/1. He won at BAFTA but was ineligible with the Writers Guild.

Also at 50/1 is rookie nominee Jason Hall for “American Sniper.”

Rounding out the race at 100/1 is Paul Thomas Anderson who earned his sixth career bid for “Inherent Vice” script. 

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