- Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Glacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo — Birdman
- Richard Linklater — Boyhood
- E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman — Foxcatcher
- Wes Anderson — The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Dan Gilroy — Nightcrawler
Note: I have covered this category in depth, discussing each of the eight nominees individually, here.