For all the talk of 'The Hurt Locker' being David vs. 'Avatar's' Goliath at this year's Academy Awards, there are decidedly "smaller" films in hunt. Take that other Iraq War-themed film, 'The Messenger,' Oren Moverman's moving portrait of two solders in the U.S. army (Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson) faced with the inenviable task of notifying casualties' next of kin.

While Harrelson is a longshot in the Best Supporting Actor race -- a category all but sewn up by 'Inglourious Basterds' rogue Christoph Waltz -- the film's co-writers, Moverman (who previously co-penned the avant-garde Bob Dylan biopic 'I'm Not There') and Alessandro Camon (a veteran producer who's worked on such films as 'American Psycho,' 'Thank You for Smoking' and Oliver Stone's upcoming 'Wall Street' sequel) stand a better chance in the Best Original Screenplay field, where they're in good company with Quentin Tarantino ('Basterds'), the Coen brothers ('A Serious Man'), Mark Boal ('The Hurt Locker') and the co-writing team behind Pixar's 'Up.'
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