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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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Oscar Nominees 2012: Best Adapted Screenplay | The Descendants (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash)
The Descendants (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash)

Why They Will Win

  Payne is a previous nominee and a previous winner, and just seems popular with the Academy. Actors like him a lot.
  The film is the sort of grown-up drama that the Academy typically rewards, tackling difficult topics (death, infidelity, Hawaiian shirts) in a compassionate and intelligent way.
  It’s a script that gives Hollywood’s favourite son a chance to shine, and he writes the children’s roles beautifully as well.

 


 

 Why They Won't Win

  Payne’s got an Oscar already. Not many people have more than one Best Adapted Screenplay prizes.
  It’s a relatively conventional family drama that’s up against perhaps more technically difficult or unusual competitors.
  "Ext. day – Clooney runs in flip-flops downhill" should never be a script direction. The poor man could have tripped and injured himself!
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