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"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" - William Nicholson (Adapted Screenplay)
Pros: Nicholson is a two-time nominee as a writer as one of the contributors to "Gladiator" (original) and the sole credit on "Shadowlands" (adapted). He also is a two-time Tony Award nominee and adapted last year's big screen version of "Les Misérables."
Cons: Unfortunately, "Mandela" has been edited in such a way as to diminish any insightful contributions Nicholson's screenplay may have added to the biopic genre.