Monday, February 1, 2010

Oscar - Best Original Screenplay

Mark Boal, "The Hurt Locker"
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, "A Serious Man"
Pete Docter & Bob Peterson, "Up"
Scott Neustatder & Michael H. Weber, "(500) Days of Summer"
Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"

There are essentially six screenplays fighting for the five spots here. "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Up," and "A Serious Man," all strong overall contenders, seem like foregone conclusions. Nancy Meyers scored a Golden Globe nomination for her insightful and funny "It's Complicated" script, but the guys from "(500) Days of Summer" can see Meyers on insightful and funny and raise her another all-important adjective: inventive. A spoiler here could be James Cameron, who could do with "Avatar" what he failed to with "Titanic": earn a screenplay nod.


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