DouBleB’s 2012 Oscar Picks – Best Adapted Screenplay

Day 2 of DouBleB’s 2012 Oscar Picks has the category “Best Adapted Screenplay”, which basically means it was adapted from a source material like a book, comic, bubble gum wrapper, or smut magazine. Click here for my previous picks.

Disclaimer: I have not seen every single one of this year’s nominated movies, and I probably won’t for reasons that I don’t want to waste my time watching shit that was manufactured  just to get Oscar consideration (I’m looking at a specific movie involving two former Oscar winners). It’s not like I watched every bowl eligible college football team before making my picks. If you don’t like it you can file a complaint here.



“[amazon_link id=”B004UXUX7S” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Descendants[/amazon_link]” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

The Descendants is based on [amazon_link id=”B000QCQ91G” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]the book of the same name[/amazon_link] by Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Let me get this straight: The Descendants is a good movie. Not very good. But good. What I really got out of it was that it was nice to watch a movie set in Hawaii that is not a comedy, because pretty much every fucking  movie I’ve seen that takes place there is, in some form, a comedy. [amazon_link id=”B001C0JCBK” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Forgetting Sara Marshall[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”B000EZ7ZXQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]50 First Dates[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”0060084022″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Big Bounce[/amazon_link] (though it wasn’t very funny), and……can’t think of any others except the surfing EPIC [amazon_link id=”B0000714BX” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]North Shore[/amazon_link] and [amazon_link id=”B00005Q3TZ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Pearl Harbor[/amazon_link] (which sucks).


“[amazon_link id=”B003Y5H5HE” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Hugo[/amazon_link]” Screenplay by John Logan

Hugo is based on the book “[amazon_link id=”0439813786″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Invention of Hugo Cabret[/amazon_link]” by Brian Zelznick

Like I have said before, I was mildly surprised that Martin Scorsese, the same guy who did [amazon_link id=”B000LPS4BG” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Goodfellas[/amazon_link], was able to knock a kids movie out of the park. But he sure as shit did, there is a lot of talk that Hugo has joined [amazon_link id=”B005LL4U54″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Artist[/amazon_link] and The Descendants as one of the favorites for “Best Picture”



“[amazon_link id=”B0060ZJ7AI” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Ides of March[/amazon_link]” Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

[amazon_link id=”0060088907″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Ides of March[/amazon_link] is based on the 1948 novel of the same name by Thornton Wilder.

A political drama that  you’ve probably seen before.


“Moneyball” Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin

Moneyball is based on [amazon_link id=”0393338398″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]the book[/amazon_link] by Michael Lewis.

Just got done watching this. It’s very okay. Nothing revolutionary. You don’t really get attached to the players as most of them are talked about it terms of numbers. And like my buddy Mike says “Whats the big deal about MoneyBall? The A’s never won anything.”


“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan

[amazon_link id=”B0064VIJQ6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy[/amazon_link] is based on the British spy novel by Lohn le Carre, first published in 1974.

The ensemble cast in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is filled with heavy, heavy hitters like Gary Oldman (who scored a “best actor” nom for his role, Colin Firth, and John Hurt, mixed with soon to be mega superstars Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbach and it all seems to  go very well together. Although I can’t compare it to the novel I haven’t read, I have the feeling it gets better with each viewing.


 DouBleBs 2012 Oscar Picks   Best Original Screenplay

This one actually wasn’t very close for me, but I am going to see Hugo next week but I’d be surprised if it beat this one. I enjoyed it very very much to say the least.

Who Do You Want to Win for “Best Adapted Screenplay”
 Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash for “The Descendants”
 John Logan for “Hugo”
 George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon for “Ides of March”
 Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin for “Moneyball”
 Bridget OConnor and Peter Straughan for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” free polls 

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