MIDNIGHT IN PARIS and THE DESCENDANTS Pick up Writers Guild Awards

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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 DescendantsMidnight in Paris beat out 50/50, Bridesmaids, Win Win, and Young AdultThe 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.

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  • John

    I think The Artist is a safer bet than Midnight in Paris in Original Screenplay. I know it doesn’t have dialogue, but the Academy clearly likes the film a lot (and there is more to a screenplay than just dialogue). Furthermore, it’s been 7 years since the Best Picture winner did not win its respective screenplay award.

    For Adapted Screenplay, I do agree with you that The Descendants is almost a lock. But I will have my fingers crossed for a Moneyball upset.

  • Strong Enough

    Nah Woody has the Original Screenplay in the bag. The Artist is probably going to pick up Best Picture, Best Director. but Midnight In Paris is that movie everyone seems to love that probably won’t win any oscars except for Original Screenplay so its a safe bet the academy is going to give it to that movie. I know am working off of false logic but I believe it might pan that way.

    As for Adapted? I’d say Moneyball.

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