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2013 Oscar Nominees Profiled: Best Original Screenplay
We assess the pros and cons for this year’s Academy Award nominees

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2013 Oscar Nominees Profiled: Best Original Screenplay | Django Unchained
Django Unchained

Written by: The director Quentin Tarantino. Read the script here (PDF).

Why He Will Win

1  It’s a funny, smart and violent look at a historical period of great importance that America sometimes prefers to ignore.
2 Tarantino won the BAFTA in this category and, for what it’s worth, the Globe.
3 This is often the prize given to the highest-profile contender that isn’t going to win Best Picture – so surely that’s Tarantino? He has previous form in the category, winning for Pulp Fiction.

 

 Why He Won't Win

1  His lost for Inglourious Basterds in this category suggests that the Academy either doesn’t get or doesn’t like his historical revisionism.
2 The film doesn’t have much momentum in the big categories, and Best Picture winners often win a Screenwriting prize.
3 This is a very competitive year in the Screenplay category and with another film literally sparking a Congressional investigation, Tarantino can’t count on being the most exciting nominee.
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Zero Dark Thirty does not have a Best Director nomination. That was one of the big upsets on nomination morning. More

Posted by RJNeb2 on Sunday February 17, 2013, 23:40


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