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"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" - Steve Conrad (Adapted Screenplay)
Pros: Conrad is best known for his dramas "The Weather Man" and "The Pursuit of Happyness." "Mitty" is his first adapted work and was a tough job based on the difficulties many other scribes had found bringing James Thurber's short story to the screen in a contemporary fashion over the years. That well-known fact may help him earn some votes from the writers branch.
Cons: It's hard to tell at times whether what works in "Mitty" is more Conrad's screenplay or Ben Stiller's direction. Oh, and by any chance have we mentioned just how competitive this category is?