Best Adapted Screenplay 2015

Updating Sept. 6, 2015



Drafting… stay tuned!

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A photo of Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen on the set of Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs (via The Daily Mirror)


Drafting… stay tuned!



My official predictions include only performances in films set for distribution in the United States. The process of guessing who will and will not make the cut always seems to be collaborative, so feel free to leave a comment (or a tweet) that addresses any relevant concerns.

Predicted Nominees

  1. Phyllis Nagy for Carol (more)

  2. Peter Straughan for Our Brand is Crisis (more)

  3. Aaron Sorkin for Steve Jobs (more)

  4. Lucinda Coxon for The Danish Girl (more)

  5. Alejandro González Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith for The Revenant (more)

Next in Line?

  1. Nick Hornby for Brooklyn (more)
  2. Robert Zemeckis and Christopher Browne for The Walk (more)
  3. Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth for Black Mass (more)
  4. Cary Fukunaga for Beasts of No Nation (more)
  5. Ron Nyswaner for Freeheld (more)

Other Possible Contenders

  1. Emma Donoghue for Room (more)
  2. James Vanderbilt for Truth (more)
  3. Andrew Haigh for 45 Years (more)
  4. Marc Abraham for I Saw the Light (more)
  5. Drew Goddard for The Martian (more)
  6. Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington for Creed (more)
  7. Kieran Fitzgerald and Oliver Stone for Snowden (more)
  8. Spike Lee and Kevin Willmott for Chi-Raq (more)
  9. John McNamara for Trumbo (more)
  10. Tom Stoppard for Tulip Fever (more)
  11. Jesse Andrews for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (more)
  12. Jacob Koskoff, Michael Lesslie, and Todd Louiso for Macbeth (more)
  13. Donald Margulies for The End of the Tour (more)
  14. Billy Ray for The Secret in Their Eyes (more)
  15. Charles Leavitt for In the Heart of the Sea (more)

Long Shots

  1. David Nicholls for Far from the Madding Crowd (more)
  2. Peter Landesman for Concussion (more)


  • Johnny Ferguson and Jim Sheridan for The Secret Scripture – All the Relativity drama
  • David Kajganich for A Bigger Splash – Hits next year
  • David Kajganich for True Story (more)
  • Gilles Paquet-Brenner for Dark Places (more)
  • Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (more)

In Limbo

I regard these films as ineligible at the moment, because a) the films might not hit theaters this year due to distributors’ schedules or their not being ready, or b) the films lack stateside distribution altogether. But as anyone who follows this mess knows, things can change at a moment’s notice.

  1. Jay C*cks for Silence (more)
  2. Luke Davies for Lion (more)
  3. John Logan for Genius (more)
  4. Adam McKay and Charles Randolph for The Big Short (more)
  5. Erik Jendreson for Ithaca (more)


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