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Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)

Best Original Screenplay

Oscar pedigree: None.

Vardalos on a career jumpstart: “Yeah, I was really tired of waiting for the phone to ring. I had a really lousy, lazy agent. I thought, ‘I can’t put my hands in the career of someone who wears white shoes before May.’ I remember being in her office and looking down at her cinnamon pantyhose and white shoes and I went, ‘This woman is handling my career? What am I doing?’ ”

What we said: “Vardalos’ best moments lie in the earliest sequences’ smart voiceover wisecracks, which are unfortunately limited to the first reel.” — Dennis Harvey (April 15)

What the others said: “Everyone in this movie looks like they could be a real person. The romance involves not impossibly attractive people, but a 30-year-old woman who looks OK when she pulls herself out of her Frump Phase. Five minutes into the film, I relaxed, knowing it was set in the real world, and not in the Hollywood alternative universe where Julia Roberts can’t get a date.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

This could be the night: This is where the indie megahit can get some Acad cred.

Then comes the rub: With box office totals at $240 million, naysayers figure this indie doesn’t need more good fortune.

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