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James L. Brooks, "How Do You Know"
Pro: Brooks is an eight time Academy Award nominee, been recognized three times in this category and was a winner for "Terms of Endearment" in 1984. He's written and directed only five films before his latest comedy drama which stars Reese Witherspoon and Paul Rudd. Three of the five found him with an original screenplay nod. Those are pretty good odds for a nod this time around, no?
Con: Not many at Sony Pictures are acting like this romantic comedy is any sort of awards contender. Either they are playing it as a stealth candidate or Brooks has delivered another non-player.