THE CONTENDERS: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

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9/19 Thoughts: With “Moneyball” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” in play, it seems to me Steven Zaillian has to score for SOMETHING. This is a very perplexing category for me outside of the “good bets,” though.

Good bets:
1. “War Horse” (Richard Curtis, Lee Hall)
2. “The Descendants” (Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne, Jim Rash)

Other possibilities:
3. “The Ides of March” (George Clooney, Grant Heslov)
4. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (Eric Roth)
5. “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” (Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan)
6. “Moneyball” (Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian)
7. “The Help” (Tate Taylor)
8. “We Bought a Zoo” (Cameron Crowe, Aline Brosh McKenna)
9. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Steven Zaillian)
10. “Hugo” (John Logan)

Dark horses:
11. “A Dangerous Method” (Christopher Hampton)
12. “Albert Nobbs” (John Banville, Glenn Close)
13. “My Week with Marilyn” (Adrian Hodges)
14. “Carnage” (Roman Polanski, Yasmina Reza)
15. “We Need to Tall About Kevin” (Rory Kinnear, Lynne Ramsay)

The rest of the field:
“The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” (Joe Cornish, Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright)
“Cars 2” (Story: Dan Fogelman, John Lasseter, Brad Lewis; Screenplay: Ben Queen)
“Coriolanus” (John Logan)
“The Eye of the Storm” (Judy Morris)
“The Flowers of War” (Heng Liu)
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (Steve Kloves)
“Jane Eyre” (Moira Buffini)
“Killer Joe” (Tracy Letts)
“One Day” (David Nicholls)
“The Rum Diary” (Bruce Robinson)
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” (Simon Beaufoy)
“The Skin I Live In” (Pedro Almodóvar)
“360” (Peter Morgan)
“Water for Elephants” (Richard LaGravenese)