‘Midnight in Paris’ leads strong field for Original Screenplay Oscar

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“).

Previous Best Original Screenplay champs Dustin Lance Black (“Milk,” 2008) and Diablo Cody (“Juno,” 2007) are back with “J. Edgar” and “Young Adult” respectively.

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.”

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