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"Before Midnight" - Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater (Adapted Screenplay)
Pros: This trio managed a nomination in 2004 for "Before Sunset," and the latest installment of the series is arguably its deepest, most profound work, in its ideas, its structure and its confidence. Recognition for the screenplay is also a great way to toss love to all three elements even if the actors and directors branches fail to speak up.
Cons: A May release from a studio that seems to have a slightly bigger fish to fry in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," can interest in this indie be perpetuated or, if need be, revived? A great year just got better as the season pushed on so perhaps room is too tight?