Introduction

Veterans and rookies pepper the kudos contenders lineup this year as Variety runs down more than two dozen names, mixing past Oscar winners and multiple nominees with first-time scripters, hyphenates and legit veterans. There’s Larry McMurtry, who won an Oscar in 1971 while “Match Point” writer-helmer Woody Allen has 13 Oscar noms for writing — more than anyone else.

But awards voters always make room for new talent, like Dan Futterman, who’s wowing the critics with his first feature screenplay for “Capote,” and George Clooney, co-writer, with Grant Heslov, of “Good Night, and Good Luck.” It’s a rich field for voters to mine.

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