"Moneyball" claimed the first major screenplay prize of the year when it won over the New York Film Critics Circle Tuesday. Both of the scribes who adapted the bestseller by Michael Lewis are already Oscar champs -- Aaron Sorkin won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar last year for "The Social Network" while his co-writer Steve Zaillian claimed this award back in 1993 for "Schindler's List." Zaillian could also be nominated this year for his adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" adaptation.
Screenwriters who previously competed in the Best Original Screenplay race who this year have adaptations include: George Clooney and Grant Heslov ("Good Night, and Good Luck," 2005) with the political drama "The Ides of March," adapted with Beau Willimon from his play "Farrgut North"; and Lee Hall ("Billy Elliot," 2000) and Richard Curtis ("Four Weddings and a Funeral," 1994) who brought the children's novel "War Horse" to the screen.
Another strong contender is "The Help," Tate Taylor's adaptation of a bestselling novel about African-American maids in 1960s Mississippi.