‘Captain Fantastic’ script: Can it break through in crowded Best Original Screenplay Oscar race?

As “Captain Fantastic” continues to pop up in various guild awards like SAG and CSA, Oscar prognosticators are wondering if the Bleecker Street film can break through in the Best Original Screenplay race. According to Gold Derby’s Oscar experts from major media outlets, “Captain Fantastic” is in sixth place to earn a nomination with 25/1 odds, just behind “Manchester by the Sea” (3/2 odds), “La La Land” (4/1 odds), “Hell or High Water” (11/2 odds), “Jackie” (9/1 odds) and “The Lobster” (16/1 odds).

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Written and directed by Matt Ross, “Captain Fantastic” stars Viggo Mortensen as a father raising his children in the Pacific Northwest wilderness, teaching them survival skills and philosophy instead of sending them to school and living in the city. While Mortensen is a frontrunner for a Best Actor Oscar bid, Ross’s original screenplay is a breath of fresh air and is poised to stage an upset when the full slate of nominees is announced on Jan 24.

27 Oscar experts predict Best Original Screenplay

Mortensen lost his Golden Globe race to the current Oscar frontrunner Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) Sunday night. However, the SAG Awards are more firmly behind Mortensen having nominated both him for Best Actor and the cast for Best Ensemble. That ensemble bid is one of the season’s biggest surprises, but suggests that the actors, whose branch represents almost 20% of the Oscar-voting academy, has noticed and is responding kindly to the film.

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Of Gold Derby’s 27 Oscar experts predicting Best Original Screenplay, nine currently forecast that “Captain Fantastic” will earn a nomination: Thelma Adams (Gold Derby), Erik Davis (Fandango), Tim Gray (Variety), Michael Hogan (Vanity Fair), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Jack Mathews (Gold Derby), Keith Simanton (IMDB) and Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere).

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