Friday, September 23, 2011

85th Oscar Original Screenplay Updates (2012-2013 Awards Season) (9/23/11)

Here are today’s rankings for the 85th Oscar Original Screenplay race (2012-2013 awards season), with previous rankings shown in parenthesis.

The biggest loser this time around was Paul Webb, who wrote the screenplay for Lee Daniel’s Selma. In my last set of predictions it was the predicted winner, but the project is apparently on hold indefinitely, so I have removed it from the list for now. If the project picks up again, expect it to reappear high on my lists.

1. Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained (Predicted Winner) (New)
2. Brenda Chapman and Irene Mecchi for Brave (previous rank 14)
3. Jonathan Jakubowicz for Hands Of Stone (previous rank 2)
4. Richard Nelson for Hyde Park On Hudson (previous rank 4)
5. Woody Allen for Bop Decameron (previous rank 5)

6. Kar Wai Wong, Xu Haofeng and Jingzhi Zou for The Grandmasters (previous rank 6)
7. Vanessa Taylor for Great Hope Springs (previous rank 28)
8. Jeremy Walters for Dali (previous rank 3)
9. Mark Boal for Triple Frontier (previous rank 8)
10. Robby Benson, Tom Ellis and Shawn Powell for Keeper Of The Pinstripes (previous rank 7)
11. Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski for Cobalt Neural 9 (previous rank 9)
12. Gretchen Dyer for The Playroom (previous rank 10)
13. Sergio Leone for Leningrad (previous rank 11)
14. Rafael J. Noble and Sharon Zimmer for When We Were Pirates (previous rank 12)
15. Ken Carter and Anne Haywood-Carter for Savannah (previous rank 13)
16. John Jopson for The Absinthe Drinkers (previous rank 15)
17. Ava DuVernay for Middle Of Nowhere (New)
18. Damon Lindelof and John Spaihts for Prometheus (previous rank 23)
19. Sergio Sanchez for The Impossible (previously listed in 84th Oscar race, rank 49)
20. Rian Jordan for Looper (previous rank 27)
21. James Ponsoldt for Smashed (New)
22. Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare for The Raven (previous rank 38)
23. Hossein Amini and Christopher Morgan for 47 Ronin (previous rank 32)
24. Lem Dobbs for Haywire (previously listed in 84th Oscar race, rank 26)
25. Peter Morgan for 360 (previous rank 48)
26. George Lucas, John Ridley and Aaron McGruder for Red Tails (New)
27. Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola for Moonrise Kingdom (previous rank 25)
28. Alex Kurtzman, Jody Lambert and Roberto Orci for Welcome To People (previous rank 37)
29. Stephen Lloyd Jackson for David Is Dying (New)
30. Edmond Wong for The Monkey King (previous rank 17)
31. Wentworth Miller and Erin Cressida Wilson for Stoker (previous rank 33)
32. Rob Reiner and Guy Thomas for The Third Act (previous rank 18)
33. Terrence Malick for The Burial (aka Untitled Terrence Malick Project) (previous rank 29)
34. Andy Garcia and Hilary Hemingway for Hemingway & Fuentes (previous rank 24)
35. Lawrence Kasdan and Meg Kasdan for Darling Companion (previous rank 21)
36. Hiro Mauda for Ashita Manana (previous rank 19)
37. John Gatins for Flight (New)
38. Qasim Basir for Destined (New)
39. Brin Hill and Daniel Barnz for Steel Town (New)
40. Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer for The Dictator (previous rank 42)
41. Ash Baron-Cohen for The Blind Bastard Club (previous rank 22)
42. Will Aldis for Keep Coming Back (previous rank 41)
43. Brian Savelson for Family Tree (New)
44. Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron and Rodrigo Garcia for Gravity (previous rank 34)
45. Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain and Craig Davidson for Rust And Bone (New)
46. David McKenna for Pablo Escobar (previous rank 30)
47. Emma Thompson for Effie (previous rank 20)
48. Christopher D. Parker and Victor Dowell for To Hell And Back (previous rank 26)
49. Nick Cassavetes and Heather Wahlquist for Yellow (previous rank 31)
50. So Yong Kim for For Ellen (previous rank 16)

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See Original Screenplay predictions for other years HERE.
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See predictions for other categories at the 85th Oscars HERE.
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  1. Where is Alfonso Cuaron for "Gravity"?

  2. I just went and checked IMDB and you are probably right. (I've currently got him at 44 but that's probably too low.) For some reason all I remembered about this movie was that it was Sandra Bullock Sci-Fi, but now I see it's got Lubezki, Cuaron and Clooney too.

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!

  3. I glad I did. "Gravity" is my most anticipated film of 2012 (along with "The Dark Kngiht Rises")
    and i have a feeling that this movie will bring Cuaron his first Director nomination.