Today we are recognizing Wildlife, as well as co-writer/director Paul Dano, plus co-writer Zoe Kazan and star Carey Mulligan. Our Hollywood Film Tributes recognize films and talent for their excellence in the art of filmmaking. In a just world, Dano and Kazan’s script for Wildlife would have been a no brainer Best Adapted Screenplay nominee. The former’s directorial debut is so well written, in addition to well directed and well acted, that it 100% was deserving of a citation. From our rave of a review back in October: 2018 has been a hell of a year for actors making their directorial debuts. Bradley Cooper is obviously getting a lot of the acclaim, but don’t sleep on Paul Dano. Along with his partner Zoe Kazan, they have adapted the Richard Ford novel Wildlife, with Dano directing. The result is something spectacular. Ever since the Sundance Film Festival, the movie has been building acclaim.