Best Adapted Screenplay
Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne, and Jim Rash "The Descendants"
Eric Roth "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"
Steve Zaillan and Aaron Sorkin "Moneyball"
Bridget O'Connor and Peter Strong "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"
Richard Curtis and Lee Hall "War Horse"
Other Contenders - George Clooney and Grant Heslov "The Ides of March", Tate Taylor "The Help", Steve Zaillan "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo", Cameron Crowe and Aline Brosh McKenna "We Bought a Zoo", Roman Polanski and Yasmina Reza "Carnage", John Logan "Hugo", Rory Kinner and Lynne Ramsey "We Need to Talk About Kevin", Steve Kloves "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
Commentary - This one has a lot of potential contenders, so narrowing it down is difficult. For example, I am currently excluding The Ides of March, until some precursors, as its box office/reviews were simply less than stellar. Moneyball is experiencing the opposite reaction than Ides, and its witty script seems to be at the heart of its success. While Tinker needs to boost its campaign, we've heard great things about it, and adapting such a popular novel is no easy feat. The Descendants, like Sideways in 2004, is one of the biggest contenders for this category, and is getting great reviews. In the final two slots I am putting two films we have yet to see, but are probably two of the biggest contenders, War Horse and Extremely Loud...Once again, we'll have to wait and see.