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Feb 16, 2012

Oscars 2012 Nominations Special (Screenplays)

So after the Visual and Sound Tech categories and the other minor ones, we come to the Big five awards. The first one are the screenplay so in this Nominations Special, i would give my take and early predictions on both original and Adapted Screenplay race.

Best Adapted Screenplay Nominees:

1. The Descendants
2. Hugo
3. The Ides of March
4. Moneyball
5. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

My Take:
                  Well no doubt the race is here is just between The Descendants and Moneyball, The Descendants is going to win it but my choice would be Moneyball andi hope it wins. As far as the total count of precursor awards goes, these movies are on a tie so yes it can go either way. So lets talk first about the other nominees, The Ides of March. I never expected that this would get a nomination for Screenplay, though i really liked it and was the best part of the movie, there just wasn't that buzz and like many others, this came as a surprise too. I also think this year wasn't a very strong year for this category so yes, for the fifth spot we should not be very shocked or surprised by just any inclusion. As much as the screenplay of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was one of the year's best and just so original i don't think it has a chance of winning the Oscar. I really loved the movie and was impressed by how different the writers took the approach, quite a bold move that pays off. On the other hand Hugo, which is a movie i haven't seen might just be nominated mainly for being a frontrunner movie not that its screenplay was bad but that might be the only reason so it is an alternate. Coming to the real contenders, Moneyball is just excellent, brilliant and nearly flawless and should be the winner but yes The Descendants was written good as well but not great as Moneyball.

My Pick:

Best Original Screenplay Nominees:

1. The Artist
2. Bridesmaids
3. Margin Call
4. Midnight in Paris
5. A Separation

My Take:

                  These 5 are just perfect nominees for a Original Screenplay category for Oscars i mean really pleased. Margin Call was a surprise, for the movie actually i mean there is this one spot in original Screenplay category which they leave for some small movies. Like Another Year or In Bruges etc so it wasn't surprising but no one was expecting Margin Call to get one. The movie is very tightly written and quite great, acts like a thriller and is based on just few hours. Bridesmaids, no doubt one of the best made comedies i have ever seen i am so happy for Kristen Wiig and her fellow writer who got the much deserved appreciation by Academy. I certainly think they both don't stand a chance at winning but their presence here is really strong indication of all the love. A Separation getting a screenplay nod was my second biggest wish after the Tree of Life Picture/Director nod so i jumped when they announced it. This is the most flawless written screenplay of the year, it wont win but it should win, that is it. And now we come to the two frontrunners in the category, Midnight in Paris and The Artist. The Artist is a well crafted movie in every aspect and i know it deserves it but here Midnight in Paris for Woody Allen is winning everything. Midnight in Paris will win and should win unless Academy decides to go 

My Picks:
                   Midnight in Paris and A Separation.

Early Predictions:

(nominees are listed on how likely they have a chance at winning, #1 being a frontrunner)

Adapted Screenplay:

1. The Descendants
2. Moneyball
3. Hugo
4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
5. The Ides of March

Original Screenplay:

1. Midnight in Paris
2. The Artist
3. A Separation
4. Bridesmaids
5. Margin Call