Monday, January 14, 2013

Awards-Nazi Award nominations: Adapted Screenplay

To be honest, there weren't as many formidable contenders for these spots as in other categories. The five you see here went pretty much unchallenged in my opinion, although The Avengers came awfully close, so here's a quick shout out to Joss Whedon and Zak Penn. Now, my actual nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay:

Argo by Chris Terrio:
Scripted with layered narrative precision, Argo is an exemplar of storytelling. With a keen attention to both character and plot, it derives great tension from the jeopardy of our heroes even though we basically know how it all ends.

Beasts of the Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin & Lucy Alibar:
Melding social overtones of Hurricane Katrina with strokes of magic realism, Zeitlin and Alibar have fashioned a poetic, life-affirming modern fable underlain by themes of environmentalism, community, and above all, change.

Lincoln by Tony Kushner:
Top billing for this film really should go to Kushner, who scripts each scene with eloquent, theatrical dialogue and an attentive sense of character. The verbose, antiquated speech yields payoffs for those patient enough to take in its richness.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky:
Chbosky proves that he as an intuitive grasp of the camera-as-narrator concept. Much of his technique obeys convention, but its impossible to fault such an effectively understated translation of the written word into the language of visual storytelling.

The Sessions by Ben Lewin:
One of the key strengths of Lewin's quaintly tidy screenplay is that it treats sex with both frankness and a playful sense of humour. His sensitive, drama-lite approach allows what could have been a downer of a film to just breeze by.

Just missed: The Avengers, Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises, Les Miserables, Skyfall

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