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"Mud" - Jeff Nichols (Original Screenplay)
Pros: Jeff Nichols flirted with awards season with "Take Shelter" and has what is still one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year in "Mud." Acclaim on this level can often translate to screenplay recognition, but the film could use some critics awards to keep it on the radar. Will they circle back for it?
Cons: Roadside Attractions will be supportive and nurturing of all campaigns under its umbrella, but the very particular new strategy on rolling out "All is Lost" could dominate their attention for a while and that film really does seem to be its bigger awards play. But is it really? It seems to me "Mud" could use a fair share of schmoozing on the circuit.
- Kristopher Tapley