Which original scripts and adaptations will reap Oscar glory this year?
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'Anna Karenina' - Tom Stoppard - Adapted Screenplay
Pro: No doubt about it, “Anna Karenina” is a beast of a novel to take on, and it's quite possible that no screenplay could ever entirely do Tolstoy's tome justice – but Stoppard's elegant, efficient adaptation comes closer than many previous attempts to serving the narrative's twin love stories and dense social politics. Many voters will respect the effort; furthermore, they respect Stoppard, a lauded playwright who previously won in the original category for “Shakespeare in Love.”
Con: The film's daring theatrical recontextualization of the novel is more obviously a director's feat than a writer's one. Meanwhile, with mixed reviews and lukewarm box office even in its home country, the Britpic hasn't emerged as the heavyweight contender many expected.
- Guy Lodge