2015 Oscar Predictions: First Look at the Best Adapted Screenplay Category

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2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

Today we continue with early 2015 Oscar predictions with the Best Adapted Screenplay category where I currently have 17 contenders and what is probably a rather obvious top five with the chance many of you will want to substitute a couple. Let’s have a look…

[amz asin=”B003WUYPPG” size=”small”]At the top is the screenplay for Angelina Jolie‘s Unbroken written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese and William Nicholson based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand. At this point in the game I think this is the most obvious pick for #1 given the talent at work and the subject matter.

[amz asin=”B006LSZECO” size=”small”]Second was a tough one, but I’m going with Gillian Flynn, adapting her own novel, Gone Girl for the big screen. There has been some talk of tweaking the story, most notably the ending, and I’m curious to see how this turns out as I’ve heard a small amount of advanced chatter suggesting we’re in for exactly what we expect and want from David Fincher.

[amz asin=”B005IQZB14″ size=”small”]I almost put Nick Hornby‘s adaptation of Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir, Wild in second, but decided to go with Flynn for reasons I can’t even quite figure out myself, though I do think this could very easily end up the winner if the film lands the emotional punches of director Jean-Marc Vallée‘s Dallas Buyers Club.

In fourth I’m going with another dark tale after Gone Girl in Foxcatcher, E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman‘s adaptation of Mark Schultz‘s autobiography.

[amz asin=”0930452933″ size=”small”]Finally, I’m tossing in James Lapine‘s of his own material and Stephen Sondheim‘s musical Into the Woods. It’s very possible I’m giving this film too much credit in several categories, but it’s got a stacked cast and very well could feast or famine in this year’s awards race. As of now I have it feasting on nominations, but not wins.

[amz asin=”B005CRQ3H0″ size=”small”]I expect many of you will want to substitute Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s Inherent Vice into that top five as well as Graham Moore‘s adaptation of Andrew Hodges‘s The Imitation Game. Have at it, it’s an open field right now and anything goes.

You can browse my complete field of 17 contenders right here and all of my current Oscar predictions right here. Be sure and have your say in the comments below and stay tuned as there are plenty more categories to explore.