2014 Best Screenplay Oscar Contenders
This year's field of originals and adaptations is incredibly dense
"August: Osage County" - Tracy Letts (Adapted Screenplay)
Pros: Here is a piece of work well known by artists in this industry. A Tony-winning diamond that finds itself into countless audition settings and resonates as something of a dramatic titan less than a decade since it was first performed. That pedigree goes a long way in awards races, and what's best, the lesser elements of the film never overshadow the greatness of what's on the page.
Cons: The knee-jerk might be to expect writers branch support to be a given for something like "August," but it's sure to have a share of detractors who flinch at its more Baroque stylizations. And really, that could just boil down to taste in many instances, but nothing is 100% beloved. The film could also arrive with some of its power undercut by being positioned as a broader comedy.