Best Original Screenplay
Spike Jonze’s beautiful script for Her might be too much for some voters despite the Writers Guild of America (WGA) win and surprise Golden Globe. Only hurting him is the motion-picture academy’s recent overflow of love for Russell, who won BAFTA alongside Eric Warren Singer.
1. David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer for American Hustle
2. Spike Jonze for Her
3. Bob Nelson for Nebraska
4. Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for Dallas Buyers Club
5. Woody Allen for Blue Jasmine
Best Adapted Screenplay
John Ridley felt like a done deal for months, to me at least. Each script here except for Before Midnight boasts notable support, but I can’t imagine any of them taking down 12 Years tomorrow night.