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Adapted screenplay: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Eric Roth (from F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story)

This tale of a man who ages backward turns Fitzgerald’s bit of whimsy into a meditation on loss and grief, yet somehow manages to be uplifting in the process. “Forrest Gump” scripter Roth thus transforming another passive protagonist into a globe-trotting hero. The central conceit could have been a gimmick but ends up giving a bittersweet insight into the arc of a human life.

WHY IT’LL WIN: It’s a glossy epic with plenty of emotion.

MAYBE NOT: Script may be overshadowed by design, visual effects and direction.

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