Spotlight was supposedly invincible in the Screenplay category until it was upset during the Golden Globes by Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs, which was ironically snubbed by the Oscars. Nonetheless, that puts Spotlight on fresh footing and it will likely prevail with an Oscar win. Spotlight’s script is the very definition of extraordinary journalism writing and gives a complicated story much justice and achieved the near impossible of being an engaging film while also being a highly intellectual film as well. Spotlight is writing at its finest and it deserves to win. With its recent WGA win, Spotlight is likely to take home the win in this category.
However, an upset in this category is possible.
Straight Outta Compton’s sole nomination is in this category and voters may compensate the film that many felt was snubbed a Best Picture nomination with an Oscar win in this category. Ex Machina was an extraordinary achievement of originality, merging the genres of suspense with science-fiction into a film that was never obvious and challenged audiences of what one could trust when watching the film. Bridge of Spies was a film heavily dependent upon its script and its close attention to historical accuracy, which voters typically admire in a film. Lastly, Inside Out is the animated darling of this year, and like many beloved animated films, its success is entirely dependent upon an original concept that is expertly conveyed through a strong script. No full-length animated movie has ever won an Oscar for Screenplay, which begs the question: Could Inside Out maybe break the animated movie curse in this category?
Bridge of Spies
Straight Outta Compton
Will Win: Spotlight
Could Win: Straight Outta Compton
Should Win: Spotlight
Could Upset: Inside Out