The indieWIRE will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 84th Academy Award winners through February 26th, when the winners are announced.
There's actual suspense in both the screenwriting categories, with one pegging Woody Allen against likely best director Michel Hazanavicius, and the other finding the teams behind "The Descendants" and "Moneyball" fighting for the win. It could go either way in both regards, though Allen's script for "Midnight in Paris" and "The Descendants" team of Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne and Jim Rash are more favored. There's room for shockers in both regards though. The teams behind "Bridesmaids" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" could find sympathy votes for the Academy snubbing them in the best picture category in favor of undeserving fare like "War Horse" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (neither of which got screenplay nods).
Screenwriting predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here.
Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
JC Chandor, Margin Call
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumulo, Bridesmaids
The Predicted Winner: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
The Possible Spoiler: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Shoulda Been Here: Mike Mills, Beginners
Best Adapted Screenplay
George Clooney, Beau Willimon & Grant Heslov, The Ides of March
Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne & Jim Rash, The Descendants
John Logan, Hugo
Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan, Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy
Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian & Stan Chervin, Moneyball
The Predicted Winner: Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne & Jim Rash, The Descendants
The Possible Spoiler: Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian & Stan Chervin, Moneyball
Shoulda Been Here: Pedro Almodovar, The Skin I Live In