More early Oscar nom picks: Directing, writing, and more

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Recently, I gave you my early Oscar Best Picture picks. Here are my early thoughts on some other key categories:

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
  • Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
  • David O. Russell, American Hustle
  • Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Joel & Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis

(You will note I think the Coens squeak in, but still find myself unsure about the film as a Best Pic nominee.)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
  • Bob Nelson, Nebraska
  • Spike Jonze, Her
  • Joel & Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis
  • David O. Russell and Eric Singer, American Hustle

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater, Before Midnight
  • John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
  • Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena
  • Ghalia Lacroix and Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue Is The Warmest Color

BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • Blackfish
  • 20 Feet from Stardom
  • Tim’s Vermeer
  • Stories We Tell
  • The Square

(I feel “The Act of Killing” will sadly be ignored.)