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Oscars 2012: 'The Descendants' wins for adapted screenplay

February 26, 2012 |  7:27 pm

The Descendants
"The Descendants" writers Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash won the Oscar for adapted screenplay at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday night.

The film stars George Clooney as an embattled father of two who learns that his comatose wife has been cheating on him. Payne, Faxon and Rash based the screenplay on Kaui Hart Hemmings' novel.

The film also won the Writers Guild of America award for adapted screenplay and two Golden Globe awards (lead actor for Clooney and best picture in the drama category). Payne, who also directed and produced the Hawaii-set film, previously won a directing Oscar for the film "Sideways."

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"The Descendants" writers beat out "Hugo" writer John Logan; "The Ides of March" writers George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon; "Moneyball" writers Steven Zaillian, Stan Chervin and last year's champ Aaron Sorkin; and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" writers Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan.

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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Photo: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Nick Krause in "The Descendants." Credit: Fox Searchlight.

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