Which original scripts and adaptations will reap Oscar glory this year?
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'Bernie' - Skip Hollandsworth & Richard Linklater - Adapted Screenplay
Pro: Linklater is a former nominee in the original screenplay category for "Before Sunset." With "Bernie" Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth took an unbelievable true murder story and found a way for the audience to sympathize with the guilty party. A unexpected word of mouth art house hit over the summer, "Bernie" is the sort of indie hit that the writer's branch likes to reward. The dramedy was also one of the first screeners sent out to guild and Academy members which could help its standing.
Con: All the pros would really help "Bernie" if it was in the original category. Being in this year's competitive adapted category makes its chances of cracking the five nominees much less likely.
- Gregory Ellwood