Best Original Screenplay
Who'll win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 2005?
Faced with the nominees in this category, voters may go by process of elimination. Writer-director Mike Leigh is famous for improvisation, so how much can he claim credit for writing Vera Drake
? Keir Pearson and Terry George's Hotel Rwanda
tells a moving real-life story of courage, but it follows a somewhat conventional narrative arc in a film few people have seen. Brad Bird offers a witty take on middle-age superheroes in The Incredibles
, but no screenplay Oscar has ever gone to an animated film. That brings us to The Aviator
, which has generated some reported backlash about whether John Logan deserves solo script credit. Add in the mixed response to the movie itself among filmgoers and Hollywood buzz-makers, and a once-certain Logan victory seems like anything but. That leaves Charlie Kaufman (and his two story collaborators), whose wiggy romance Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
was his top-grossing film ever and generated 12 critics' awards as well as his third Oscar nod. We suspect the third time may just be the charm.