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The Next La La Land?

"It looks like fun and Hugh and Zac make a cute couple" - Jaragon

"Why do we keep treating La La Land like some sort of longsuffering, put-upon, misunderstood underdog? It's like making time to assure the prom queen that she's pretty and popular.." -Hayden


Pablo Larraín (Jackie)
Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane)
Gael García Bernal (Neruda)
Billy Crudup (20th Century Women)
Nicole Kidman (Lion)
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival



The Oscar Nominees Scroll down for ADAPTED


Who Won:
The King's Speech
Who Should've Won: Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg's funny, warm and unique dramedy The Kids Are All Right.

David Seidler
1st nomination!
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
1st nomination!
Chris Nolan
2nd nomination (in this category) 
Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Keith Dorrington
1st nomination (for all!)
Mike Leigh
5th nomination (in this category)
David Seidler's screenplay has been winning precursors and will likely triumph on Oscar night. Here's a fun piece by the screenwriter on his journey to Oscar
Lisa Cholodenko cowrote  with Stuart Blumberg Julianne Moore was involved during development but doesn't believe in influencing the writing. (our Julianne interview)
Chris Nolan has famously yet to be recognized for direction but his work on this conceptual sci-fi thriller was recognized. The Fighter had a rocky development to the screen but you wouldn't know it given how unique it feels, like it was always meant to be exactly this version of the events. Written by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnso
Mike Leigh's highly unique process involves months with the actors during which they rehearse, develop character profiles and organically create the story through the characterizations. The movies sure do reflect this humanistic approach.

SNUBBED (according to precursor awards): BLACK SWAN
SNUBBED (according to the film experience): BLUE VALENTINE, ANIMAL KINGDOM
my personal ballot


Adapted Screenplay Predictions
WHO DID AND SHOULD'VE WON Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Aaron Sorkin
1st nomination!
Joel & Ethan Coen
5 noms and 2 wins (in this category)
 Toy Story 3
Michael Arndt (2 noms / 1 win), John Lassetter (2 noms in this category), Andrew Stanton (4 noms in this category), Lee Unkrich (1st nomination in this category)
 Winter's Bone
Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini
1st nomination!
127 Hours
Simon Beaufoy (3 noms / 1 win in this category) , Danny Boyle (1st nom in this category)
Aaron Sorkin's much lauded screenplay is a master class in characterization and razor sharp dialogue
The Coen Bros adapted the novel by Charles Portis. It's previously been adapted for a film which won John Wayne his Oscar.
It's "adapted" only in the sense that it's a sequel. Which is a weird criteria  but it does beautifully come full circle with the path laid down by the first film.
Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini adapted this novel into a hit indie with staying power.
 Simon Beautoy won the Oscar for writing Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire . This time Danny Boyle takes co-credit adapting Aron Ralston's memoirs.

SNUBBED (according to precursor awards): Nothing really.
SNUBBED (according to the film experience): RABBIT HOLE
my personal ballot