My Oscar Picks 2016: Best Original Screenplay + Best Adapted Screenplay
My selections for the 2016 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, in order of preference.
1. Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
2. Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
3. Sausage Party – Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jonah Hill, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir
4. The Accountant – Bill Dubuque
5. The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou
Note: Though I have only seen the first 21 minutes of The Lobster , I can conclude from having read the Wikipedia plot summary that the film boasts one of the most original and intriguing story concepts I have heard of. The premise of the film was simply too frustrating for me to initially continue watching, though I will try again sometime.
Also, coincidentally, Efthymis Filippou and I share the birthdate of January 18th; he turned 40 yesterday, while I turned 27.
My selections for Best Adapted Screenplay are likewise listed preferentially.
1. Snowden – Oliver Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald
2. Deadpool – Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
3. Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford
4. The BFG – Melissa Mathison
5. Silence – Martin Scorsese and Jay Cocks
Note: I have not yet seen Silence, though I plan to before the Academy Awards presentation at the end of February. I base my decision on both rumor of the film’s excellence and my own affinity for Mr. Scorsese’s filmmaking achievements.