Good afternoon folks! It’s that time again. Yes, today I’m continuing on down the line with the last of the big eight categories and finishing off with the other writing one…yes, Best Original Screenplay. It’s the final one of the big eight categories today, but not the final installment of this series overall, as I’ll continue on in the weeks to come with a few more, at the very least tackling Best Documentary Feature and perhaps even another category like Best Foreign Language Feature when that sort of race begins to make more sense. In the meantime though, it’s Original Screenplay time here, so let’s get started!
Here are the ten particular films/scripts that I have in play for Best Original Screenplay, with the top five cracking the unofficial lineup at this point:
1. Manchester by the Sea – Hot off a Trailer earlier this week, Kenneth Lonergan’s new drama seems poised to be a top tier contender. Lonergan has been cited by the Academy before, so perhaps he’s set up to be a winner at this point? Time will tell, but in a very interesting Original Screenplay race, I see no reason not to have Manchester by the Sea in the top spot right now, especially given the status of a few of the other contenders below.
2. La La Land – If not for the fact that musicals don’t fare well in Screenplay categories, I’d have Damien Chazelle’s script in the lead. Considering the original nature of it all, La La Land has a definite chance to upend the equation and contend where others have not, though that will depend on the reception it receives. The first festival screenings for the movie are coming quickly, so we’ll know in short order just what to make of it/Chazelle’s work.
3. Loving – Jeff Nichols’ biopic of the Loving family made some waves at the Cannes Film Festival, with more to come as other fests get their hands on it. Loving appears to be a safe player in a number of categories, with the only question being if there’s enough passion to make it a winner (and how much help it gets from Nichols having also made Midnight Special earlier this year). That remains to be seen, but if you don’t have this one in your top five, you’re just ignoring the way the season has gone so far, plain and simple.
4. Passengers […]