Frontrunners are already forming in the Oscar race for Best Original Screenplay, according to early combined predictions at Gold Derby. While most films in contention have not yet been released, many were recently seen by film industry insiders at the Toronto, Telluride and/ or Venice Film Festivals. We’ve confirmed most category placements with studios or campaigners, but — as awards season veterans know — such labels can change later. The whole bottom three of this list from last month — “Us,” “Queen and Slim” and “The Lighthouse” — have been replaced by a trio of film fest faves.
Here are the current top 10 original screenplay picks according to racetrack odds based upon our users’ predictions as of Sept. 17:
1. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”: Quentin Tarantino
‘s ode to hippie-era Tinseltown has many of his big-screen trademarks, from bare female feet and rambling speeches to spot-on vintage music cues and over-the-top violence.