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2013 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

2013 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 85th Academy Awards through February 24th, when the winners are announced.

Here’s our take on best adapted screenplay, which has turned into a genuine a three-way showdown between Tony Kushner, Chris Terrio and David O. Russell. Kushner seemed like the big favorite for a while, but “Silver Linings” won the BAFTA and “Argo” won the USC Scripter and the WGA Award and has all the momentum… I held on to a “Lincoln” prediction as long as I could but now I’m going for “Argo.”

Nominees and predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here, and this list of all the Oscar-nominated films available ON DEMAND right now.

The nominees:
“Argo” Screenplay by Chris Terrio
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” Screenplay by David Magee
“Lincoln” Screenplay by Tony Kushner
“Silver Linings Playbook” Screenplay by David O. Russell

Will win: “Argo”
Could win: “Silver Linings Playbook” or “Lincoln”
Should win: “Lincoln”

Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

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How I think it should have been:

1. Chris Terrio, "Argo"*(WINNER)
2. David Magee, "Life of Pi"
3. Tony Kushner, "Lincoln"*(Runner-up)
4. Stephen Chbosky, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
5. David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"

Camilo Caballero

As much as I loved Lincoln, this award should go to Silver Linings Playbook. Lincoln will most likely get Picture, Director, Actor and possibly Supporting Actor, so SLP should get at least this award. The screenplay was very clever, the characters were fun and interesting, the dialogue was snappy and smart, and probably one of the most original concepts in this category. Argo could win it as well, as probably if it doesn't win Best Picture it won't win anything but a few technical awards, so they might give them this instead

fuck you

you think Lincoln seriously deserves it over Silver Linings Playbook and Argo? ARE YOU FUCKING HIGH


Considering Anna Karenina isn't nominated, maybe you should change the picture in this article


Silver Linings Playbook, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Lincoln, Life of Pi, The Beasts of Southern Wild are my favorites…probably Argo, The Sessions, Anna Karenina or Les Miserables for the spoilers.

It is a toss-up between Stephen or David here…I haven't watch SLP, so I would go for TPOBW.


The Hobbit is a book (and a very good one at that). Not even on the list. Wow.


Check my predictions on the screenplays at

James K

Lincoln's got this. Silver Lining Playbooks and Argo are in as well. Not very enthusiastic about this category, never have been. I think the last 2 will probably be The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Life of Pi. Beasts of the Southern Wild has a shot as well. Les Miserable's not getting a nomination and neither is On the Road or Skyfall. The Sessions has a longshot.


This pisses me off, Argo! Second! Thats bullshit! The script had no charecter development, didn't really move anywhere and didn't build tension until the last scene which didn't add to much. When I write a screenplay I try to make even the blandest charecters interesting and you would be one lying motherfucker if you said the charecters in this weren't bland because they were amoung the blandest ever written on screen. This pisses me off, pisses me right the fuck off! Argo, most over rated movie of 2013, Argo fuck yourself!


Skyfall was an original screenplay. herp derp.


A bit bummed that The Avengers wasn't considered to be a long shot over The Dark Knight Rises


This has been a good year for screen plays. Original and adapted. I was so looking forward to Cloud Atlas. I thought it might be the best film to come out in the last 50 years. Then I went and saw it. So bummed! The only film more confused with itself was Cosmopolis. To be worthy of a nomination the film has to work with an audience. Heaven forbid it makes the studio some money so they can justify hiring the writer again. Snobs always skip right past the successful films of the year even though the population shows up in force. Look at the top 100 grossing films of the year again. There are some gems in there. Skyfall, The Hobbit, Brave, Ted, The Lorax, Wreck it Ralph, Argo, Rise of the Guardians, Life of Pi, Lawless and yes, The Avengers! If you think writing The Avengers screenplay was easy. Then why didn't you do it? That film was a smash and sent everybody out of the theaters smiling. It was better than all the Hulks, Thor's and X-Men crap that you're used to. They made it look easy. We were adapted whether we wanted to be or not. Of course there is always the "I hated it because it was so successful kid". Jealously is so attractive.


Argo !


Argo !


How come no ones mentioned the great gatsby? Surely that will be one to watch


I hope it goes to Beasts. Even though Perks was really good I don't think they will nominate it.


What about Atlas Cloud? Why isn't it even there in the Adapted screenplay that based on a book?


Please, everyone, stop naming movies in categories they don't even belong in! This is ADAPTED screenplay!


I feel like all these predictions were changed today just to almost identically mirror the Critic's Choice nominees. I doubt the Academy will pick the same as them.


It will be Kushner for "Lincoln"


Cloud Atlas Cloud Atlas Cloud Atlas. It deserves to be on many lists, but especially adapted screenplay.


The Hobbit should be somewhere on here. And I heard The Perks of being a Wallflower was great to; so that should be somewhere on here as well.


I'm a fan of Nolan's Batman trilogy, but no way in hell does The Dark Knight Rises deserve to even be considered for a nomination for the script. If they really want to give it a nomination to acknowledge Nolan's overall work, please let it be anything else but the script or best movie. I would hate it if they nominated TDKR just to make up for ignoring The Dark Knight, which really should have been nominated. TDKR is much weaker than Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, and the script is the reason why.




No Amour anymore?


Really – What is with Cosmopolis? The adaption was incredible. You might not like the movie or but then you probably won't like the book either. Forgetting an amazing director – what a shame!


Fuck Lincoln I want something else to win


The comments on nearly all of these Oscar predictions posts would seem to indicate that a great deal of Indiewire readers (at least the ones moved enough to leave a comment) are delusional about their expectations. e.g. Thinking Cloud Atlas, Prometheus, or TDKR will win Best Picture.


What about Cosmopolos? That won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I think Cronenberg did an amazing job with that screenplay.


Cloud Atlas? Yeah, it was phenomenal. And Perks better get something.


Perks of being a Wallflower was my favorite movie of the year and it deserves the nomination. It translated the book perfectly, keeping all the emotion and realness of the book


The Hobbit, as anyone putting a list like this together ought to know, is a heck of a lot tougher nut to crack than Lord of the Rings was. Not having it in the top 15 goes beyond comedy to self-parody. Really.


ADAPTED NOT ORIGINAL DUMMIES! Look up the difference between the two. Then try and tell me The Hobbit won't win.


The Dark Knight Rises should be a runner up and Argo those two attest


Why would This is Forty be Best AdaptedScreenplay?


After seeing Perks of Being a Wallflower I think Chbosky deserves at least an oscar nomination, Lincoln will probably scoop it but a nod from the academy would be deserving.

Ignatius J Reilly

I think Kushner now has sole writing credit for Lincoln.


ARGO is obviously going to win this award.




Is something wrong with your brain? Why is Cloud Atlas not even in the list??????




My favorite part is how the original Sessions script is listed as adapted!


How can you bring it out? what is it based on? Because I think there's some incohernces in all those predictions


No Cloud Atlas?

Pharmach Power

The Dark Knight Rises should never be in the spoilers list. atleast it will bag 2 awards, my hopes are for best adapted screenplay and best editing.


The idea that Lincoln, written by a Pulitzer Prize winning author, who called it his best work ever is second to anyone in that list is an absolute joke.


No Whedon?


1. Beasts of Southern Wild
2. Lincoln
3. Les Miserables
4. Argo
5. Silver Lining Playbook


I would normally understand no mention of The Dark Knight Rises… but not with the inclusion of The Avengers.

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