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"Selma" - Ava DuVernay, Paul Webb (Original Screenplay)
Pros: Ava DuVernay's portrait of a key moment in the life of Martin Luther King Jr. will get a lot of attention for that description alone. The story of the Selma-Montgomery March is packed with drama, a story that's been waiting to be told on the big screen.
Cons: DuVernay really proved herself with her first features, but was this too big a leap for the indie-focused filmmaker? We're still waiting…
- Kristopher Tapley