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"Prisoners" - Aaron Guzikowski (Original Screenplay)
Pros: "Prisoners" is a well-respected thriller by many in the industry. Guzikowski received credit from many critics for coming up with a story that asked tough moral questions about how people deal with those accused, but not convicted, of a crime.
Cons: Many will likely wonder if the film's high points are due to Guzikowski's screenplay or the spot-on direction from filmmaker Denis Villeneuve or ace cinematographer Roger Deakins. That doesn't help Guzikowski's cause.