Best Adapted Screenplay

2003 wins: Seattle Film Critics

2003 nominations: Golden Globe, USC Scripter noms

Awards pedigree: None

Hare on writing about the opposite sex: “I’ve always been more interested in writing about women than I have about men. There’s something about discontented women that always fires me up. It’s just my subject.

What we said: “On the whole, the important dramatic moments have been absorbingly rendered and the intricate balancing act among the three stories has been well managed, even if, in the end, the film seems like a collection of scenes rather than a synthesis that has much payoff.” — Todd McCarthy (Dec. 10)

What the others said: “Somewhere between (Virginia) Woolf, (Michael) Cunningham, and this handsome, unsubtle, hellbent-for-Oscar production, a written work meant to feel liquid has become a cinematic solid. And while we can admire their attractive exteriors, we don’t know anything about the interior lives of the three women so vibrantly miserable in their unhappiness.” — Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

This could be the night: It’s the only pic whose source material won a Pulitzer Prize.

Then comes the rub: Not since “Julia” (1977) has a period piece with female leads triumphed in the adapted category.

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