Franklin Leonard was up to his ears in bad screenplays in 2005, while working as a development executive at Leo DiCaprio's Appian Way. What started as a call for help to fellow Hollywood execs asking for decent script suggestions has turned into one of the year's most anticipated announcements -- touting the work of undiscovered or underappreciated writers -- the Black List. Most people wouldn't want to be caught dead on a black list, given the negative connotation of the term. However, Hollywood screenwriters aren't most people and many would kill to be on it: a list of the ten best unproduced scripts currently making the rounds.

The Black List has even become an oracle for the Oscars -- see Nancy Oliver's nomination for 'Lars and the Real Girl,' or Diablo Cody's Academy Award win for 'Juno.' Take a look at last year's list and you'll notice this year's Oscar buzz-worthy 'The Social Network.'

Wes Jones' comedy-drama, 'College Republicans,' makes the number one spot for 2010 with Shia LaBeouf and Paul Dano vying for the opportunity to play a college-aged Karl Rove, who "leads a dirty campaign for College Republican chairman under the guidance of Lee Atwater." The number two spot features 'Black Swan's' Darren Aronofsky attached to direct a Noah Oppenheim screenplay. 'Jackie' focuses on Jacqueline Kennedy's life immediately after her husband's assassination.

Aliens, the FBI, the CIA, a Sundance debut, and an outlaw also make the list. Check out the top ten after the jump.
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