What early releases deserve recognition come January 2013?
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8. Best Adapted Screenplay: Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill, "21 Jump Street"
Developing a feature film out of a Tiger Beat-ready 1980s television series doesn't spell a recipe for profound storytelling. That having been said, Michael Bacall and Jonah Hill managed to find a nice thematic current in their re-imagining of the show and turned out one of the funniest films of the year as a result. It's a thoughtful and clever screenplay when it could have played it safe, easy and lazy. It's probably a film that's better than it has any right to be. --Kristopher Tapley