Who Everyone Thinks Will Win: Most have their money on Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness for The Grand Budapest Hotel. “This is finally a perfect opportunity to go a little quirkier and give it to WGA and BAFTA winner Wes Anderson for being reliably original,” Deadline argues.
Who We Think Will Win:Birdman and Boyhood, the night’s obvious juggernauts, both compete once again in this category, but if the Original Screenplay category truly wants to honor originality, the award will (finally) go to Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The Dark Horse: It’s a shame Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler didn’t get nominated for more this year (especially for Gyllenhaal’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink performance), but arguably the entire movie hinged on its dark, funny, completely insane, but flawlessly written script. We’d be shocked -- not in a bad way either -- if Gilroy won.