Tonight, the 88th Academy Awards celebration takes place in Los Angeles. Though they may not be as high-profile, no one would have a film to star in or to direct or to sew costumes for if a writer or a team of writers had not first conceived of the story or adapted it from a novel or another source.
We have the writer nominees for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay below. We also have information on where and when you can watch the festivities from your living room.
First, the 88th Academy Awards will be broadcast on ABC with red carpet coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The ceremony is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. ET. The program will be emceed by comedian and actor, Chris Rock.
Who are the writers nominated, and for what films? Below is the complete list for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay for 2016, according to the Academy.
2016 Oscar Nominees — Best Original Screenplay
- “Bridge of Spies,” written by Matt Charman and Ethan Cohen & Joel Cohen
- “Ex Machina,” written by Alex Garland
- “Inside Out,” written by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
- “Spotlight,” written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
- “Straight Outta Compton,” written by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff
2016 Oscar Nominees — Best Adapted Screenplay
- “The Big Short,” screenplay written by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, adapted from the book by Michael Lewis
- “Brooklyn,” screenplay by Nick Hornby, adapted from the novel by Colm Tolbin
- “Carol,” screenplay by Phyllis Nagy, adapted from the novel, “The Price of Salt,” by Patricia Highsmith
- “The Martian,” screenplay by Drew Goddard, adapted from the novel by Andy Weir
- “Room,” screenplay by Emma Donoghue, adapted from her novel
Last year’s winners in these categories were: Best Original Screenplay — “Birdman,” written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Armando Bo, and Alexander Dinelaris, and Best Adapted Screenplay, “The Imitation Game,” adapted by Graham Moore from the book, “Alan Turning: The Enigma,” by Andrew Hodges.