Will “The Big Sick” earn an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay? Decide for yourself by reading the complete script, which is available to view online and download. Scroll down to follow the link recently shared on Twitter by Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote and stars in the film. Then make or update your predictions here.
The 2018 race for Original Screenplay is one of the toughest writing categories in years since the top Best Picture contenders come overwhelmingly from original scripts, but “The Big Sick” stands out from the rest because Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon wrote it based on the true story of their own relationship, which was interrupted by Gordon’s sudden illness. That personal backstory could be a deciding factor for members of the academy’s writers branch, who have about a dozen viable candidates to choose from.
As of this writing “The Big Sick” is on the bubble in sixth place in our predictions with 20/1 odds, but 14 of the Expert film journalists we’ve polled are betting on it to earn a bid: Bonnie Fuller (Hollywood Life), Tim Gray (Variety), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Dave Karger (IMDb), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Michael Musto (NewNowNext), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), Keith Simanton (IMDb), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (IndieWire), Sara Vilkomerson (Entertainment Weekly), Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere), and Glenn Whipp (LA Times).
Three of our seven Editors who cover awards year-round for Gold Derby also say “The Big Sick” will make the cut: Matt Noble, O’Neil, and myself. It’s also backed by three of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Oscar nominations, and nine of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ predictions. Nanjiani and Gordon have already been nominated for their screenplay at the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Gotham Awards, and the Independent Spirit Awards, in addition to citations from a number of regional critics groups. Do you think it will make the cut at the Oscars?
The script for #TheBigSick is available, if anybody is into that sort of thing.
(Reposted because the other website stopped working.) https://t.co/BplvGxmKma
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 31, 2017
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