2014 Adapted and Original Screenplay Oscar Contenders: Most competitive year ever?
As we begin to taper off the weekly category run-downs (we have just one more left, Best Animated Feature Film), we move on to the screenplays. It's an interesting mix and the two categories, while not loaded with a ton of contenders, are still quite dense with multiple hopefuls sporting a fair shot at recognition from the writers branch.
The screenplay categories have also been a haven for indie films that don't find much traction elsewhere in the Oscar race. And there are certainly a handful this year that could spark, if not here, then certainly with the WGA (which will pull form, as ever, a thinned-out lot due to guild ineligibilities).
Click through the gallery story below to see what we're thinking and feel free to offer up your thoughts and/or predictions in the comments section. And speaking of predictions, don't forget to join up and record your own via HitFix Oscar Picks!
2014 | Documentary | NRSummary: Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei journeyed from a World War II internment camp to the helm of the Starship Enterprise, and then to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband, Brad, on a wacky and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.Director: Jennifer M. Kroot
Cast: George Takei, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Nichelle Nichols
1991 | Action | PG-13Summary: Inspired by the Indiana Jones films, this over the top adventure has Jackie Chan performing some of his biggest and most impressive stunts in a hunt for a fortune in gold stolen by Nazis and buried in the Sahara.Director: Jackie Chan
Cast: Jackie Chan, Carol 'Do Do' Cheng, Eva Cobo
1988 | Comedy | PGSummary: A light comic joust breaks out between con men played by Steve Martin and Michael Caine when they each set their sights on a wealthy heiress.Director: Frank Oz
Cast: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly
2014 | Fantasy | PGSummary: The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now insep...Director: Dean DeBlois
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill
2014 | Drama | RSummary: A couple takes a chance on a weekend therapy getaway only to be confronted with the strangest experience of their lives.Director: Charlie McDowell
Cast: Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson
1960 | Drama | PGSummary: Somewhere on that wonderfully difficult line between comedy and drama is this story of an office worker (Jack Lemmon) whose apartment is used as a bachelor pad by his philandering bosses. Things get difficult when he and another man both fall for Shirley MacLaine.Director: Billy Wilder
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray
1954 | Comedy | NRSummary: Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business.Director: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen
2014 | Horror | NRSummary: A troubled young woman returns to her family home to serve under house arrest, and begins to belive the house is haunted.Director: Gerard Johnstone
Cast: Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru
2014 | Animation | PGSummary: Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter - Maury's Nut Store.Director: Peter Lepeniotis
Cast: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fraser, Liam Neeson
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