Oscars 2012: Woody Allen wins for original screenplay

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‘Midnight in Paris’ writer-director Woody Allen won the Oscar for original screenplay at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday night.

The Paris-set film stars Owen Wilson as a successful Hollywood screenwriter who roams the streets of the French city encountering literary and artistic megaliths of the past in his present. Allen directed the love letter to Paris, which also stars Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Adrien Brody, Tom Hiddleston and Kathy Bates.

Allen’s original screenplay won the Golden Globe and Writers Guild of America award and earned a nod at the BAFTA Film Awards. At the Oscars, Allen was nominated for director and the film was nominated for best picture and art direction.

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The director previously won Oscars for ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’ and ‘Annie Hall.’

‘Midnight in Paris’ bested ‘The Artist’ writer-director Michel Hazanavicius, ‘Bridesmaids’ writers Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig, ‘Margin Call’ writer-director J.C. Chandor and ‘A Separation’ writer-director Asghar Farhadi.

The Academy Awards are taking place in Hollywood and are being televised live on ABC. They are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, whose membership was recently examined in depth by the Los Angeles Times.

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