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Oscar Nominees 2012: Best Adapted Screenplay
We assess the pros and cons for this year’s Academy Award nominees

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It’s that time of year again, as Hollywood’s finest find themselves, with alarming regularity, donning outfits that cost more than your house and jewellery worth more than you will earn in a lifetime. But awards season is all building to one supreme event, the Empire Awards Oscars on February 26. Ahead of that milestone, we assess the chances of each nominee in the major categories, and see who’s looking good ahead of the big night…

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Oscar Nominees 2012: Best Adapted Screenplay | Moneyball (Steven Zaillian, Stan Chervin, Aaron Sorkin)
Moneyball (Steven Zaillian, Stan Chervin, Aaron Sorkin)

Why They Will Win

  They made a film about sports and maths and it was watchable, never mind good (which it also was). That in itself is a hell of an achievement.
  Two out of three of these nominees are previous winners, and much admired screenwriters in Hollywood. They have clear Oscar form.
  To get that film out of that book is a heck of an effort, and has taken great skill in the adaptation.

 


 

 Why They Won't Win

  Jeez, it’s about maths and sport. Who even wants to read that script to see if it’s good?
  Sorkin won last year! We know he’s good and all, and everyone likes The West Wing, but give someone else a chance! (Zaillian has one as well, for Schindler’s List).
  The real-life story doesn’t deliver the big ending you want, so it may not be as Academy-friendly as other nominees.
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