If you’re wondering who’s going to win in the screenplay competitions at this year’s Academy Awards, the WGA has made some safe bets even safer. THR reports that the Writers Guild of America has awarded Woody Allen for Best Original Screenplay for Midnight in Paris, and Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash picked up the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants. Midnight in Paris beat out 50/50, Bridesmaids, Win Win, and Young Adult. The Descendants won out over The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, Hugo, and Moneyball.
I don’t think either Midnight in Paris or The Descendants are a “lock” for the Oscars, but they’re pretty close. The Descendants doesn’t have a serious contender in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. Original Screenplay is a bit trickier since The Artist is in there, but I think the Academy’s respect and admiration for Allen will earn him his first Oscar since 1987’s Hannah and Her Sisters.