Oscar Watch: Adapted Screenplay

If new names dominate the original screenplay category, veterans are equally prominent in the adapted screenplay arena.

Two of them have adapted their own plays: John Patrick Shanley ("Doubt") and Peter Morgan, who, most recently a contender with "The Queen," is back this time with "Frost/Nixon."

David Hare, one of England's most celebrated playwrights, has "The Reader," adapted from Bernhard Schlink's celebrated novel.

And Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for the years-in-the-making "Forrest Gump," has a chance with "Benjamin Button," a project he inherited after Robin Swicord spent years doing her own version.

Director Ed Zwick might also be in contention with his Holocaust-themed "Defiance," co-written with Clay Frohman.

Among the few newcomers, Justin Haythe adapted "Revolutionary Road," and Catherine Johnson wrote "Mamma Mia!"

The great question mark is whether "The Dark Knight," written by director Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan, will sway voters.

And then, of course, there's the mystery of Dave Johannson and Nick Schenk's script for Eastwood's "Gran Torino."