I just saw The Santa Clause 3 and have updated my noms accordingly (and a couple other changes). Finally, I have a fat guy to nominate!
I see most of you are nominating POTC:DMC for Best Original Screenplay rather than Adapted. Is that really fair? It's not a direct adaptation of a pre-existing text, but it's not entirely original either, given the attraction and the first film. Does anyone know the Academy's guidelines on this? (Not that they'd ever nominate POTC for a screenplay award anyways).
Wow, I totally forgot about SC3. I guess I do have a nomination for Best Fat Guy after all(although I still wouldn't mind it's absence this year). Maybe I'll also give it a Best Makeup nod or something.
In regards to POTC:DMC being "original", well, I'm not 100% sure how the academy labels(although, I'm pretty sure they label it "original") but after having done some research, several movies based on real events have gotten nominations for "Best Original Screenplay", including Dog Day Afternoon, Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, Nixon, Erin Brockovich, The Aviator, Hotel Rwanda, Good Night, and Good Luck, the list probably goes on, I just scanned the list of films that got nominated. Granted, some of these made up facts or were based soley on rumors, but considering it was based on an event that research was most likely involved, it would seem fair they should've been under "Adapted Screenplay".
Now, story elements here were from an actual source(a theme park attraction), but The Incredibles was nothing more but an adaptation(or "homage") to The Fantastic Four, but it got nominated for "Best Original Screenplay".
Considering Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio wrote the characters, most of the story-elements, as well as did writing for classic pirate legends as Davy Jones and The Kraken, I think it's fair we give it a nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
Your sequel statement is also interesting, though, but Star Wars won last year, so I feel the same can be done for Pirates.
Alright carry on.