Best Adapted Screenplay
Ides of March was directed and co-written by George Clooney. As someone noted on Twitter (under the hashtag #bitterlittleperson) when he was receiving yet another Golden Globe last month - is there nothing that Clooney doesn't have? Looks, talent, acclaim and an endless procession of nubile beauties ... well, add, decent directing chops to the list.
His campaign posters (obviously modeled on the Obama "Change" posters of the 2008 election) lend him a noble cast and Clooney's good looks and suave, no nonsense manner don't hurt either. Morris is bathed in the kind of adoration and unabashed enthusiasm that many American politicians from JFK to Obama have experienced. His catchphrases are: "Dignity matters, integrity matters ..." that echo throughout the film. Cue the sinister music.
This is merely a ruse to knock Stephen out of the game. Duffy knows that Stephen will speak to Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman), the Campaign Manager for Morris, who now begins to doubt Stephen's loyalty and eventually fires him. When Stephen tries to get a position with the rival camp he is told that they never wanted him in the first place, they just wanted him out of the picture. It's a clever bit of maneuvering on Duffy's part. Neither camp wants Myers now.