Best Original Screenplay – 2016

Films are ranked in order of likelihood of being nominated.

List Last Updated: 12/21/16


1) Manchester by the Sea  

  • Distributor: Roadside Attractions/Amazon Studios
  • Director: Kenneth Lonergan
  • Written By: Kenneth Lonergan
  • Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Limited Release)


2) La La Land

  • Distributor: Lionsgate
  • Director: Damien Chazelle
  • Written By: Damien Chazelle
  • Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Wide Release) – Starting  12/16


3) Hell or High Water

  • Distributor: CBS Films
  • Director: David Mackenzie
  • Written By: Taylor Sheridan
  • Starring: Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges
  • Where You Can See It: Amazon, Netflix, Redbox


4) Jackie

  • Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Director: Pablo Larrain
  • Written By: Noah Oppenheim
  • Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
  • You Can See It: Theaters (Limited Release)


5) The Edge of Seventeen

  • Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Director: Kelly Fremon Craig
  • Written By: Kelly Fremon Craig
  • Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Blake Jenner, Woody Harrelson
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Wide Release)


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6) The Lobster

  • Distributor: A24
  • Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Written By: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
  • Also Starring: Colin FarrellRachel Weisz, John C. Reilly
  • Where You Can See It: Amazon, Redbox


7)  Captain Fantastic

  • Distributor: Bleecker Street Media
  • Director: Matt Ross
  • Written By: Matt Ross
  • Starring: Viggo Mortensen, George McKay, Samantha Isler
  • Where You Can See It: Amazon, Redbox


8) 20th Century Women

  • Distributor: A24
  • Director: Mike Mills
  • Written By: Mike Mills
  • Starring: Annette Benning, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Limited Release) – 12/25


9) Paterson

  • Distributor: Bleecker Street Media/Amazon Studios
  • Director: Jim Jarmusch
  • Written By: Jim Jarmusch
  • Starring: Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Nellie
  • Where You Can See It: Theaters (Limited Release) – 12/28


10) Zootopia

  • Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
  • Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore
  • Written By: Jared Bush, Phil Johnston
  • Starring: Jason Bateman, Ginnifer Goodwin, Idris Elba
  • Where You Can See It: Amazon, Netflix, Redbox