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84th Oscars. Oscar Nominees for the Films of 2011
scroll down for Adapted....

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

THE ARTIST
Michael Hazanavicius
1st nomination!

wins: a couple of critics prizes

BRIDESMAIDS
Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumulo
1st nomination!

wins: none

MARGIN CALL
JC Chandor
1st nomination! 

wins: San Fran

 

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Woody Allen
16 noms | 2 wins
(in this category)

wins: Globes BFCA
and a couple of critics

A SEPARATION
Asghar Farhadi
1st nomination!

wins: LAFCA

People fell hard for its whimsy, dancing feet and heart. Believe it or not this is not the first screenplay nominee with barely any dialogue. The Red Balloon (1956, also French) also managed that Oscar leap.

Though the DVD extras make it seem like this entire movie was improvised mass love for this movie helped it find a place. The writers branch, to their credit, is unafraid of comedy. They also don'ts eem to mind improv (see also Mike Leigh)

Chandor had great timing delivering this tight dread laced film about the financial collapse right when people were most interested.

 "COMEBACK!" But no matter. Even when Woody doesn't win crossover appeal he's a threat in this category. This time he could well win with this warning fable about too much nostalgia. Speaking of... this year with Oscar. Ha!

A masterfully constructed film and it must have gained just enough momentum to break out of the foreign film ghetto. Imagine what it could have done with another month to win fans.

 
Who was left out?
It was a very competitive field this year with several hot arthouse titles being writer friendly (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beginners, Take Shelter, Margaret) one blockbuster being really clever (Rango), one modest hit having a great personal awards narrative (Will Reiser 50/50) and two well regarded famous writers (Thomas McCarthy Win Win and Diablo Cody Young Adult) both being WGA nominees. But there wasn't room for everyone. Interesting factoid: Thomas McCarthy has been an Oscar nominee for writing but never for one of his own projects despite their awards buzz; The Visitor, The Station Agent and now Win Win failed to net him a nomination.
Who will win?
Woody will take home his third Oscar. Or, rather, Oscar will accept it on his behalf since he never shows.

 

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 

THE DESCENDANTS
Alexander Payne (2 noms | 1 win for writing), Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (never nominated)

wins: some critics prizes

HUGO
John Logan (2 nominations) 

wins: none

THE IDES OF MARCH
George Clooney (), Grant Henslov (), and Beau Willimon 

wins: none

MONEYBALL
Steve Zaillain (3 noms | 1 win) and Aaron Sorkin (1 nom | 1 win) 

wins: BFCA 
and several critics prizes

 

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
Bridget O'Connor & Peter Strong 

wins: San Fran

Based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. They went for its mix of pathos and comedy.
based on the illustrated book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick. They liked those inventions. Based on the play "Farragut North" by Beau Willimon Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Michael Lewis. A smart adaptation in all sorts of ways and one with a storied history.

Based on the classic cold war novel by John Le Carre. They didn't find it as difficult to follow as I did!

 
Who Got Left Out?
WGA nominees The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Help were shut out, The Help despite managing a Best Picture nod. Nathaniel's Personal Ballot
Who Will Win?
This is a fight to the finish for Moneyball and The Descendants with Moneyball in the early lead. But for who long?

 

MERYL STREEP EQUIVALENCY IN SCREENPLAY CATEGORIES
The screenplay category has the closest thing to a true Meryl Streep equivalency. Woody Allen has been nominated for 14 screenplay awards and has won twice (compared to Meryl's 16/2) and his percentage of work to nominations is also in Meryl's extraordinary range. He has been nominated for 31% of his screenplays (Meryl for 39% of her performances).

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