Best Original Screenplay 2017

Most recent update: Mar. 6, 2017

kennethbranagh_dunkirkKenneth Branagh in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (via The Leaky Cauldron)

Just for fun, of course.


My official predictions only include films set for U.S. distribution in 2016. The process of guessing what will and will not make the cut always seems to be collaborative, so feel free to leave a comment – here or on Twitter – that addresses any relevant information or contenders you feel should be included.


  1. Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk (more)

  2. Darren Aronofsky for Mother! (more)

  3. Mark Boal for Untitled Kathryn Bigelow Film (more)

  4. Jordan Peele for Get Out (more)

  5. Efthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos for The Killing of a Sacred Deer (more)

Next in Line?

  1. Adrian Molina for Coco (more)
  2. Kate and Lauren Mulleavy for Woodshock (more)
  3. Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (more)
  4. David Robert Mitchell for Under the Silver Lake (more)
  5. Trey Edward Shults for It Comes at Night (more)

Other Possibilities

  1. Woody Allen for Wonder Wheel (more)
  2. Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, and Daniel Kraus for The Shape of Water (more)
  3. Michael Mitnick for The Current War (more)
  4. Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper (more)
  5. Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, and Bill Condon for The Greatest Showman (more)
  6. George Clooney, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, and Grant Heslov for Suburbicon (more)
  7. Mike White for Brad’s Status (more)
  8. Anthony McCarten for Darkest Hour (more)
  9. Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor for Downsizing (more)
  10. Azazel Jacobs for The Lovers (more)
  11. Edgar Wright for Baby Driver (more)
  12. Simon Beaufoy for Battle of the Sexes (more)
  13. M. Night Shyamalan for Split (more)
  14. Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughan for Untitled Simon Curtis Film (more)
  15. Michael Ashton for The Forgiven (more)

Long Shots

  1. Tom Flynn for Gifted (more)


In Limbo

The following films fall into one or more of the following categories: They might not hit theaters this year due to distributors’ schedules, they might not be complete in time, or the films might lack stateside distribution altogether.Of course, as anyone who follows this mess knows, things can change at a moment’s notice.

  • Diablo Cody for Tully (more)
  • Amma Asante for Where Hands Touch (more)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson for Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Film (more)
  • Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird (more)
  • Dan Gilroy for Inner City (more)

A photo of Patricia Arquette in Boyhood (via Collider).


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