When I was asked by Gurus of Gold to submit my predictions for Adapted and Original Screenplay I had to stop and think about it. I’ve worn a groove over the years knowing how to predict in these categories. Best Screenplay almost always means a second prize to a Best Picture/Best Director nomination. It is usually the dumping ground for brilliant films that can’t get traction in the Best Picture/Best Director categories at best. But most of the time, when you think of the major categories you start with Best Picture and Best Director. If it gets those two, chances are (unless its name is James Cameron) it will also get a screenplay nomination. This year, like every other year, the Best Picture race is dominated by adaptations. Adaptations of tested stories that have been brought to the big screen by great filmmakers. But the story itself isn’t an original one.