This year, similar to the Best Adapted Screenplay category, nearly every singe nominee will be attending the Academy Awards for the first time in a screenwriting capacity. Only two writers out of the nine nominated writers have received Oscar nominations previously: Richard Linklater and Wes Anderson. The following is my Oscars ballot for this category, Best Original Screenplay:
Dan Gilroy has never previously been nominated in any screenwriting categories at the Academy Awards.
- Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
- Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., and Armando Bo (Birdman)
- E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman (Foxcatcher)
- Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)