Academy Award Previews - The Writing Awards

Today I continue my preview with the writing categories.

Best Original Screenplay:
Bridge of Spies - Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Ex Machina - Alex Garland
Inside Out - Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Ronnie Del Carmen
Spotlight - Josh Singer, Tom McCarthy
Straight Outta Compton - Andrea Berloff, Jonathan Herman, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus

About: This is a loaded category, and it features one of the few nominations for a movie of color in "Straight Outta Compton." If members want to make a political statement, that script could win. But it's not the best in the category. You could make a case for "Inside Out," a hailed animated feature, "Ex Machina," a movie sci-fi piece, and "Bridge of Spies," which boasts a script from the Coen Brothers. But I think the winner here is "Spotlight," which is also my Dark Horse pick for Best Picture.

Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Big Short - Charles Randolph, Adam McKay
Brooklyn - Nick Hornby
Carol - Phyllis Nagy
The Martian - Drew Goddard
Room - Emma Donoghue

About: Another stacked category, one that features four Best Picture nominees. There are some great scripts here. "Room" was incredibly moving, as was "The Martian." "Brooklyn" and "Carol" tell deeply passionate period stories. But this award often goes to people who did the most with the material they were given. Michael Lewis' book about the financial crisis, the group that saw it coming, and profited from it was a best seller. But the film adaptation of "The Big Short" does something incredibly engaging with a story that could have been dry. I think that gives it the edge Sunday night.


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