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Oscar Watching: HUSTLE for 12 YEARS

Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale in American Hustle

Best Original Screenplay

Seven films have what it takes to walk away with this prize, but only five can get in. The writing branch often recognizes “quirky” films, so Her, Llewyn, and Nebraska should find nominations. Spectacle precedes story in Gravity according to some, but its popularity gives it an advantage, regardless. The surge for Hustle makes it a threat, and three-time nominee (read: overdue) David O. Russell might win if the motion-picture academy wants to give the film something.

1. David O. Russell and Eric Singer for American Hustle

2. Bob Nelson for Nebraska

3. Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón for Gravity

4. Spike Jonze for Her

5. Ethan and Joel Coen for Inside Llewyn Davis

6. Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for Dallas Buyers Club
7. Woody Allen for Blue Jasmine
8. Nicole Holofcener for Enough Said
9. Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station
10. Jeff Nichols for Mud

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Best Adapted Screenplay

Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater replace Abedellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix thanks to lots of love from the year-end critics awards. If Blue is the Warmest Color misses out in actress, expect it to miss here, too. Other than that, this race John Ridley remains unchallenged, by the way.

1. John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave

2. Billy Ray for Captain Phillips

3. Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope for Philomena

4. Terence Winter for The Wolf of Wall Street

7. Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater for Before Midnight

6. Abdellatif Kechiche and Ghalia Lacroix for Blue is the Warmest Color
7. Tracy Letts for August: Osage County
8. Steve Conrad for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
9. Michael Petroni for The Book Thief
10. William Nicholson for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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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.