MCN Columnists
David Poland

By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay Chart

BEST PICTURE
Picture – Studio
Slumdog Millionaire
FxSch
PGA, SAG, BFCA, HFPA
Your Oscar Winner (80%)
Frost/Nixon
U
Very, very well liked… but is there enough passion? (10%)
Milk
Focus
Those who love, LOVE, those who hate, HATE (5%)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Par
Heart = Votes… Button = Admiration (3%)
The Reader
TWC
Found enough support to get here… lowest ranked film on MCN Top 10 compilation to ever get in. (2%)



BEST DIRECTOR
Director – Film
Comment
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire
BFCA, HFPA
Your Oscar Winner (80%)
David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Mad skills, but no momentum (55%
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon Well loved family member, but slots with the BP race (10%)
Gus Van Sant – Milk (3%)
Stephen Daldry – The Reader (2%)



BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Writer(s) – Film
Comment
Wall-E
Andrew Stanton
Jim Reardon
Peter Doctor
By many standards, the best loved film of the year… in combo with Animation win, a consolation prize? Nomiunated once before for screenplay (50%)
Milk
Dustin Lance Black
Complex adaptation, but the robot may just be more popular… and original (45%)
Happy-Go-Lucky
Mile Leigh
Nominated 3 times before for screenplay (3%)
Frozen River
Courtney Hunt
(2%)
In Bruges
Martin McDonagh
(1%)



BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Writer(s) – Film
Comment
Slumdog Millionaire
Simon Beaufoy
BFCA, HFPA Your Oscar Winner – Nomiunated before (65%)
Frost/Nixon
Peter Morgan
Nomiunated before (15%)
Doubt
John Patrick Shanley
Won before (10%)
The Reader
David Hare
Nomiunated before (8%)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Eric Roth
Won before ( 2%)

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