Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Best Adapted Screenplay

And the nominees are:

Atonement- Christopher Hampton
based on the novel by Ian McEwan

Away From Her- Sarah Polley
based on the short story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain," by Alice Munro

The Diving Bell & the Buttery- Ronald Harwood
based on the novel by Jean-Dominique Bauby

No Country For Old Men- Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy

There Will Be Blood- Paul Thomas Anderson
based on the novel "Oil," by Upton Sinclair

This is another category where I feel no need to complain (what a rare Oscar season this has been.) Sure I, or others, could surely make a case for Gone, Baby, Gone or Into the Wild, or even perhaps Hairspray, but why... it's still gold. The will\should win goes handily to No Country For Old Men for it's the best picture of the year and the pacing\dialogue\characterization is not only perfectly Coen Brothers, but perfect in itself. Still if there's an upset I think it will be The Diving Bell (it's obviously loved, and Ronald Harwood already had a surprise upset with The Pianist.) But, whatever happens I'll be fine.

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