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By Michael Patterson · January 7, 2020
Oscar nominations are set to be announced on January 13th with the awards ceremony itself on Feb. 9th. With nomination morning bearing down on us, here is a look at the 24 screenplays (a dozen listed for each category) that are the most likely to be nominated next week. I have also included my best guess at which scripts will be honored with the nominations.
(in alphabetical order)
A first feature film script for both. Both Mendes and Wilson-Cairns worked on Showtime’s Penny Dreadful – Mendes producing and Wilson-Cairns writing. Mendes is an Oscar winner for Best Direction for 1999’s American Beauty. He also directed Road to Perdition, Revolutionary Road and the last two Bond films – Spectre and Skyfall. The script has been WGA nominated.
Randolph comes to Bombshell after winning the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay four years back with The Big Short. Randolph also wrote Love and Other Drugs as well as The Interpreter.
In 2009, the original version of this script was written by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins and landed on The Black List. Susanna Fogel took a stab at it in 2015 and then, finally, in 2017 the fourth credited writer, Katie Silberman was added. The WGA nominated it for Best Original Screenplay.
The duo also collaborated on 1996’s The People vs. Larry Flynt which won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay. They also wrote Tim Burton’s Ed Wood.
Wang’s second feature film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes.
Jez Butterworth has scripted Black Mass and Spectre and along with his brother wrote the Edge of Tomorrow script. Jason Keller, who wrote Machine Gun Preacher and A Good Day to Die Hard, had been working on the FvF script for a decade.
It’s LaBeouf’s first produced feature screenplay and played well at Sundance last year.
Johnson also wrote and directed the sci-fi classic Looper. The screenplay has been nominated by the Writers Guild.
Baumbach was previously Oscar-nominated for writing The Squid and the Whale. Baumbach was also nominated by the WGA for Best Original Screenplay on Monday.
The New York Film Critics Circle named the script the best of the year and it won this year’s Golden Globe for Best Screenplay just days ago. Tarantino is a two-time Oscar winner for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. He was also nominated for Inglorious Basterds.
As such, it also is a very serious contender for Best Original Screenplay (for my money, it and Marriage Story are the best-written scripts on this list). Bong is also the creator behind Okja, Memories of Murder and Snowpiercer. Bong’s co-writer is Jin Wan Han who also served as Bong’s assistant director on Okja. The two were nominated for the screenplay Golden Globe as well as by the WGA.
The script was named best of the year by the National Board of Review. The Safdie’s previous work includes Good Time.
The two writers collaborated on the screenplay for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil as well as the Amazon Studios series Transparent for which they were nominated (as producers) for a Primetime Emmy. The script was just nominated as Best Adapted Screenplay by the Writers Guild.
Carnahan’s previous feature scripts include 21 Bridges, State of Play and Lions for Lambs. Dark Waters is Correa’s first feature script. Dark Waters has been nominated for the USC Scripter Award for Best Adapted Screenplay of the Year.
The article details the story of a group of strippers who join forces to get back at their Wall Street clients. Scarfaria’s previous credits include Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – which she also directed – and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
It’s the biography of mob button man Frank Sheeran. Zaillian is among the most successful screenwriters on the planet with an Oscar win for Schindler’s List. Zaillian was also nominated for Awakenings, Gangs of New York and Moneyball. The Irishman’s script was Golden Globe-nominated, WGA-nominated as well being a USC Scripter nominee and was named the Best Adapted Screenplay of the Year by the National Board of Review.
Waititi describes the film as an “anti-hate satire”. Jojo is a USC Scripter finalist as well as a WGA Best Adapted Screenplay nominee. Waititi has an Oscar nomination to his credit for his short Two Cars, One Night.
Phillips was Oscar-nominated back in 2006 for the script to Borat: Cultural Learnings of America to Make Benefit the Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Silver was Oscar-nominated for his writer on David O. Russell’s The Fighter. The script earned a nod from the WGA earlier this week.
Zellweger just won a Golden Globe for her performance and is widely regarded as the Oscar frontrunner for Best Actress. Edge is best known as a television writer with great success writing for The Crown for which he was WGA-nominated.
The film focuses on the true story of a wrongly convicted death row inmate and the attorney who strives to free him. Cretton is perhaps best known for his work on Short Term 12. Lanham has previously collaborated with Cretton on the features The Glass Castle and The Shack.
Gerwig was previously Oscar-nominated for writing and directing Lady Bird. Little Women’s script has been nominated for the USC Scripter Award as well as the Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
He adapts the novel by Jonathan Lethem that centers on power and corruption in New York City.
Ray was previously Oscar-nominated for the writing of Captain Phillips. Ray’s credits also include Shattered Glass, Breach and State of Play.
McCarten himself was an Oscar nominee as a producer for Best Film for The Theory of Everything. The Two Popes is a USC Scripter nominee and was a Golden Globe nominee.
We’ll see how this all plays out when Oscar nominations are announced on the morning of Jan. 13th.
Michael Patterson has published Michael’s Telluride Film Blog since 2008. He has also previously written for this ScreenCraft/ScriptLab as well as The Playlist. Again this year, he is acting as one of The Gurus of Gold, the Oscar experts group published by The Movie City News. He is currently working on his third screenplay.