Woody Allen is a serious contender again in Best Original Screenplay for the critically beloved “Midnight in Paris.” Allen has contended in this category a record 14 times, winning for “Annie Hall” (1977) and “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986).
Writer/director Michel Hazanavicius could reap his first bids in both categories for “The Artist.” The mostly silent black-and-white film about a silent film actor who refuses to work in talkies is a strong contender across the board.
The Iranian “A Separation” is a frontrunner for Best Foreign Language Film. Asghar Farhadi penned the piece about a couple whose already tumultuous divorce proceedings are further complicated when rival court cases involving an elderly parent arise. He could be a nominee as well.
Mike Mills was inspired by his own experience when he wrote “Beginners,” about a young man struggling with news his elderly father is gay and gravely ill. This would be his first Oscar nomination. Other potential nominees who directed from their own scripts include: Terrence Malick (“The Tree of Life“), Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter“) and Sean Durkin (“Martha Marcy May Marlene“).
Other possible nominees include: “Bridesmaids,” “A Better Life,” “Anonymous,” “Contagion,” “Crazy Stupid Love,” “Like Crazy,” “Melancholia,” “Rampart,” “Shame,” “The Iron Lady,” “Warrior,” “Win Win,” “50/50,” and “Rango.”