Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell for 'District-9'
Adapted from their own Original Short film they managed to create a thrilling and taught feature length film that made you question your own humanity. Adapting a full length film from a short is never an easy task.
Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach for 'Fantastic Mr Fox'
The most unlikely pairing created cinematic genius. Funny, touch and whilst keeping in the spirit of the wonderful Roald Dahl it has the Anderson and Baumnach stamp all over it.
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche for 'In The Loop'
Dialogue this smart and funny and fast should come with the warning "MANY REPEAT VIEWING NECESSARY". Adapted from their own TV series 'The Thick of It' they created most probably the funniest screenplay of the year
Geoffrey Fletcher for 'Precious'
After reading the book, my first thought was "HOW?". It seemed un-filmable. The bleakness, the violence, the sexual abuse. Fletcher allowed the light in, all while staying true to each and every character. A flawless adaptation
Tom Ford - 'A Single Man'
How is it possible to capture grief? Well novelist Christopher Isherwood did it, and Tom Form created a heartbreating visual study on it. It is not dialogue heavy, but it works beautifully
Spike Jones and David Eggers - 'Where The Wild Things Are'
Just for the sheer audacity of making something so big out of something so little. It may not work as a while but its screenplay is a thing of pure imagination