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Oscar Watching: Do You Hear the People Sing?

Best Original Screenplay

Mark Boal leads original screenplay more by default than anything else since Zero Dark Thirty is the most likely film in the expected lineup to win best picture. Michael Haneke should get in for Amour, while the original screenplay race also looks to recognize two films scripted by acclaimed Andersons – The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson) and Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola). Lastly, I’m sticking by my gut prediction of Safety Not Guaranteed. The nods from the Writers Guild of America will clearly shine a light on this race.

1. Mark Boal for Zero Dark Thirty

2. Michael Haneke for Amour

3. Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola for Moonrise Kingdom

4. Paul Thomas Anderson for The Master

5. Derek Connolly for Safety Not Guaranteed

6. Rian Johnson for Looper

7. Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained

8. John Gatins for Flight

9. Nicholas Jarecki for Arbitrage

10. Ava DuVernay for Middle of Nowhere

11. Matt Damon and John Krasinski for Promised Land

Best Adapted Screenplay

Can anyone beat Tony Kushner? It’s doubtful, but expect the race to be filled out by likely picture nominees Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Life of Pi. In the event that any misses the race, expect The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or The Perks of Being a Wallflower to replace Lee’s adventure epic Pi.

1. Tony Kushner for Lincoln

2. David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook

3. Chris Terrio for Argo

4. Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar for Beasts of the Southern Wild

5. David Magee for Life of Pi

6. Stephen Chbosky for The Perks of Being a Wallflower

7. Ol Parker for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

8. William Nicholson for Les Misérables

9. Ben Lewin for The Sessions

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Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.