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"All is Lost" - J.C. Chandor (Original Screenplay)
Pros: If "show don't tell" is the screenwriter's rally cry then "All is Lost" has that in spades. With virtually zero dialogue the film tells a harrowing story. And indeed, at just 31 pages, it's quite the unique novelty in the category, to be sure. Also, J.C. Chandor already has one nomination from the branch under his belt for 2011's "Margin Call."
Cons: Then again, for many voters, dialogue is king. And the film really needs to catch on at the box office to start taking down some of these major categories outside of Best Actor for Mr. Redford.