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Oscar Circuit: Best Adapted Screenplay

Our look at the individual Oscar categories continues.  If you missed a piece, click on the tag titledOscar Circuit 2014.  You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Adapted Screenplay.

oscar_contenders_And the Nominees are

  • 12 Years a Slave – John Ridley

OSCAR SCENE: Soloman says that he will survive

  • Before Midnight – Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater

OSCAR SCENE: The hotel room argument

  • Captain Phillips – Billy Ray

OSCAR SCENE: “Look at me…I’m the captain now”

  • Philomena – Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

OSCAR SCENE: Martin and Philomena search for answers from the nuns

  • The Wolf of Wall Street – Terence Winter

OSCAR SCENE: Jordan’s opening monologue

A category that usually is one of the more stacked, this year we find the Best Adapted Screenplay field a top on the top-heavy/weaker side. Sure, there’s four Best Picture nominees among the crowd here, including the co-frontrunner, but it’s a perceived “lesser” year for the category. Yes, the Original group is more impressive this year, but Adapted is no wasteland, for sure. It’s actually become a category with a bit of intrigue now, as a few weeks ago it was perceived to be a slam dunk win for one of the contenders. Now, a pair of other nominees have made their cases, while an upset is far from out of the question. Basically, we’ve got a real race on our hands here, with a clearly defined frontrunner, alternate choice, and dark horse. I don’t know about you, but that’s the way that I’m used to seeing my Oscar categories evolve, so I’m perfectly fine with that. Anyway, why don’t we dive in now and look at the Best Adapted Screenplay race!

First off, a bit of history for everyone, as I like to do for the Oscar Circuit pieces each year. The last ten winners in this category have been Argo, The Descendants, The Social Network, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, Slumdog Millionaire, No Country for Old Men, The Departed, Brokeback Mountain, Sideways, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. There’s not a whole lot you can really take from this grouping of previous victors for this particular year, but it’s worth taking note of that the Best Picture winner does win here quite a lot. This year could be an exception, but keep that in mind.

What do you think?

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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