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Best Original Screenplay

Even if Foxcatcher takes it all, Birdman is the kind of film that can take screenplay. But this might be the best way to honor Boyhood – if voters feel like rewarding the film beyond nominations. Again, don’t be surprised if Interstellar becomes “the one” for Nolan; it can definitely become a threat for the win.

1. E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman for Foxcatcher

2. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo for Birdman

3. Richard Linklater for Boyhood

4. Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan for Interstellar

5. Chris Rock for Top Five

6. Ava DuVernay and Paul Webb for Selma
7. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for Big Eyes
8. J.C. Chandor for A Most Violent Year
9. Mike Leigh for Mr. Turner
10. Theodore Melfi for St. Vincent

Other Possibilities: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Justin Simien for Dear White People, Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias for Love is Strange, Stephen Beresford for Pride, David Ayer for Fury, Mark Heyman and Craig Johnson for The Skeleton Twins, Werner Herzog for Queen of the Desert, Bruce Wagner for Maps to the Stars, John Michael McDonagh for Calvary, John Carney for Begin Again, Xavier Dolan for Mommy, Jon Favreau for Chef, Ramin Bahrani, Eliot Laurence for Welcome to Me, Damien Chazelle for Whiplash

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Best Adapted Screenplay

Oscar voters might just name-check the Unbroken script – credited to Ethan and Joel Coen, Richard LaGravenese, and William Nicholson. The wave of hype for Imitation, though, suggests that Graham Moore won’t go down easily.

1. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Richard LaGravenese, and William Nicholson for Unbroken

2. Graham Moore for The Imitation Game

3. Anthony McCarten for The Theory of Everything

4. Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl

5. Richard Curtis for Trash

6. Paul Thomas Anderson for Inherent Vice
7. Nick Hornby for Wild
8. Kieran Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee Jones, and Wesley Oliver for The Homesman
9. Jason Dean Hall for American Sniper
10. Jon Stewart for Rosewater

Other Possibilities: David Kajganich for True Story, James Lapine for Into the Woods, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller for The LEGO Movie, William Monahan for The Gambler, Peter Landesman for Kill the Messenger, Dean DeBlois for How to Train Your Dragon 2, Joon-ho Bong and Kelly Masterson for Snowpiercer, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland for Still Alice, Jason Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson for Men, Women and Children, Donald Margulies for The End of the Tour

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Donovan Warren

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Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.