Which original scripts and adaptations will reap Oscar glory this year?
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'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' - Ol Parker - Adapted Screenplay
Pro: People genuinely love this easygoing oldsters' comedy, particularly people the age of most voters in the Academy. Word has it the film already has a fanbase within AMPAS ranks, and members of the sizable British voting bloc, in particular, may turn out for the year's highest-grossing UK release that isn't about a superspy.
Con: Those votes, however, are perhaps likelier to come from the acting branch. The film isn't a critics' favorite, and members of the higher-brow writers' branch may think it too lightweight to merit serious consideration. In the recent British Independent Film Award nominations, the film scored in every possible category but Best Screenplay, which seems oddly telling.
- Guy Lodge