Academy Awards 2019: A strong year for the screenplay

Ethan Coen (L) and Joel Coen attend the Gala Screening of 'The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs' at AFI FEST 2018 Presented By Audi at TCL Chinese Theatre on November 11, 2018 in Hollywood,...

The 2019 Academy Awards nominations are finally here, and there’s some incredibly strong competition.

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony is due to take place on Sunday, February 24, 2019, and the nominees were announced in full today. There has been a lot of speculation and hearsay in the lead-up to the announcement, but now our predictions can really take form.

There are some very difficult categories to call, including the prestigious Best Picture, but there are some real highlights in this year’s screenplay categories. Here are the nominations, with our predictions in bold:

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


Can You Ever Forgive Me?

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star is Born

Best Original Screenplay

The Favourite

First Reformed

Green Book



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There are numerous nominees here that have found themselves across many of the categories, but there are also two shocking surprises. It’s striking to see that the Netflix-distributed western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has bagged a nomination, but it’s actually rather well deserved. Most fortunate, however, is a nomination for Paul Schrader’s First Reformed. You may remember that we awarded the film with the title of Best Film of 2018 in our countdown of the best of last year; thoroughly earned. It’s a stunning piece of work, and although unlikely to take home the award, it’s great to see it achieve such recognition.

It’s shaping to be an unmissable ceremony, so be sure you check out the main nominations and the film’s themselves; there are some good ones!

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