ALLIGATORS IN A HELICOPTER

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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A Very Telling Trend In The Screenplay Oscar Nominations....

All five nominees for Best Original Screenplay (CRASH; GOODNIGHT AND GOOD LUCK; MATCH POINT; THE SQUID AND THE WHALE; SYRIANA) were either written or co-written by their directors.

This just underlines the idea that to get a solid, thoughtful, original screenplay made today, you have to make it yourself, as well as having enough of a career history to give you the power to help push it through the system.

In contrast, all five nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN; CAPOTE; THE CONSTANT GARDENER; A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE; MUNICH) were written by someone other than their director.

3 Comments:

At 7:50 PM, Blogger deepstructure said...

although interestingly syrianna is based on 'see no evil', by robert baer.

not that it's any real authority, but the imdb lists baer in the 'written by' credits.

i guess 'suggested by' doesn't count by the academy. :)

 
At 7:56 PM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Apparently they decided only a few weeks ago that it wasn't really enough of an adaptation to qualify, though it's an interesting question as to exactly where that line is.

Because scripts like "Shrek" take major liberties with their source material too.

 
At 1:35 AM, Anonymous Chris Soth said...

Yes. Hear-hear. Guess I've got to start directing.

 

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