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Oscars 2016: Writing nominations include 'Inside Out,' 'Big Short,' 'Carol,' 'Spotlight,' 'Compton'

Oscars 2016: Writing nominations include 'Inside Out,' 'Big Short,' 'Carol,' 'Spotlight,' 'Compton'

With 10 nominated films spread across two categories, the original and adapted screenplay Oscar nominees could be seen as something akin to an alternate take on best picture.

And with a mix of mainstream, commercial hits rubbing against more refined art house delicacies, plus a number of films that walk the boundary between the two, six of the 10 films, in fact, are best-picture nominees. 

Presumed sure-things (and past winners) such as Aaron Sorkin for "Steve Jobs" and Quentin Tarantino for "The Hateful Eight" were passed over for an eclectic group of nominees. Fifteen writers received their first nomination in the category,...

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