sideways.jpgBest Adapted Screenplay

Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Kim Krizan & Ethan Hawke, Before Sunset
David Magee, Finding Neverland
Paul Haggis, Million Dollar Baby
Jose Rivera, The Motorcycle Diaries
Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, Sideways

Will Win:Sideways

I imagine the Before Sunset crew are considering it an honor just to be nominated. Meanwhile, Finding Neverland has little buzz, and foriegn films (ie: Diaries) are very rarely recognized in this category.There's only one potential variable here: will Million Dollar Baby sweep? It's certainly possible that the late-breaking momentum surrounding Clint Eastwood's late-career triumph will buy Haggis a win, but I think it's unlikely.That leaves Sideways, but not simply via process of elimination: when indie films rack up multiple nominations, this is the category in which they historically win. And considering Sideways has tough competition in it's other races, I think voters will want to toss this bone their way.

BeforeSunset.jpgShould Win: Before Sunset

It's hard not to root for my favorite film of the year. But even putting aside Linklater's fluid direction and the gloriously transluscent performances of Delpy and Hawke, part of the genius of Before Sunset is that it's nearly impossible to imagine its dialogue as words on a page. I might be able to affect impartiality - if only the same could be said of Paul Giamatti and Virginia Madsen's speeches about pinot.

categories Cinematical