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Oscar Nominees 2012: Best Original 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 Original Screenplay | Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)

Why He Will Win

  He’s Woody Allen! And he’s written a script that combines romantic comedy, time travel (but not in an offputting sci-fi way) and literature, and set it in Paris. Surely that deserves a nod.
  Allen hasn’t won since Hannah And Her Sisters in 1987. Surely he’s overdue. And he’s one of only two nominees this year also up for the Writers Guild award.
  Voting for Woody would give Academy voters the chance to show that they too are familiar with Stein, Picasso, Hemmingway and the rest…

 


 

 Why He Won't Win

  He’s Woody Allen! He already has two Screenplay Oscars so there’s no need to rush to give him another.
  Wait, romantic comedy? And sci-fi? And you seriously think this could win? AHAHAHA.
  Any of the nominees in this category would allow voters to feel smart this year. OK, maybe not Bridesmaids.
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