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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 | Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty

Written by: Journalist, screenwriter and producer Mark Boal. Read the script here (PDF).

Why He Will Win

1  After a huge amount of research and some astonishingly good intel, Boal produced a journalistic and thrilling account of very recent history.
2 As with Argo or Lincoln, Boal managed to take a story where everyone knew the ending and make it unbearably tense.
3 The film has all the other nominations to suggest a possible win (notably Picture and Director) and Boal’s been nominated all over the season, winning the WGA.

 

 Why He Won't Win

1  There has been huge controversy around the film’s depiction of torture scenes and some attempts to boycott it. Oscar doesn’t like controversy and tends to avoid real hot-button films.
2 With a Congressional hearing into the film’s sources still ongoing, the Academy may be wary of acknowledging it.
3 Will the Academy penalise him for all that impenetrable techno-babble?

 

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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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