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.

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