2014 Best Screenplay Oscar Contenders
This year's field of originals and adaptations is incredibly dense
"Blue is the Warmest Color" - Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalia Lacroix (Adapted Screenplay)
Pros: The writers' branch is more receptive than any other to foreign-language fare, and the Palme d'Or winner is arguably the year's most buzz-heavy subtitled contender -- particularly given that its fans don't have the option of voting for it in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It's a deft, sensitive adaptation, while its graphic-novel roots lend it extra cool factor.
Cons: Kechiche has been a PR nightmare since Cannes, feuding publicly with Lea Seydoux and at one point demanding the film go unreleased. That won't have endeared him to voters -- and the fact that author Julie Maroh has vocally taken issue with his treatment of her work may give the writers pause.
- Guy Lodge