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After the cut you can think outside the Oscar box and choose from among the top 25 Original Screenplays of 2012.

You can choose any 5 titles.

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  • I hope its “Zero Dark Thirty” but it might be Django or Amour.

  • Guy Urbaniak

    Tarantino can’t win this one. It’s his worst screenplay (Except “Deathproof”)
    Hanake should win this easily, considering the “Zero Dark” torture scandal

  • Eric P.

    Wouldnt it be funny if John Gatins won totally out of the blue.

  • Edkargir

    Eric P, you just gave away one of my ngng and it would not be funny.

  • We’ve added a bonus poll above — expanding the list of choices to 24. You can choose any 5.

  • Eric P.


    Now that’s a NGNG. I would just find it hillarious if the one person we all wrote off as an also ran actually took the thing. Won’t happen though.

  • Sean

    Why isn’t Django Unchained a choice for the top 25 original screenplays of the year?

  • Ace60galaxy

    I know you didn’t like Django Unchained, but could you at least add it as an option to the bigger top 24 poll for those of us that did?

  • Bryce Forestieri

    Some of us might still want to pick DJANGO UNCAHINED in the second poll since it’s just asking for the Top Original Screenplays not just those unrecognized screenplays :p

  • Bryce Forestieri

    Damn that was fast
    Didn’t mean to be part of a chorus lol

  • Nothing is stopping you from choosing Django in both polls. But baby Jesus is scowling at you.

  • I thought it was there. oops, totally unintentional oversight. !

  • Sean

    It’s pretty sad when Magic Mike and Brave are there for consideration, but not a Quentin Tarantino screenplay that has a ton of fans and has won two major awards.

  • ok ok ok. Django is there now.

  • Bryce Forestieri

    Nope not yet…maybe it takes a while to show up?

  • Sean

    Maybe its just my browser, but its still not there

  • Hawkeye

    This is Tarantino’s to lose. After taking the Critics Choice, Golden Globe, and BAFTA, he’s the clear favorite. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity for the Academy to correct their mistake of robbing him of his Best Original Screenplay Oscar three years ago for “Inglourious Basterds.”

  • it sometimes takes a few minutes for the poll code to regenerate

  • steve50

    ” But baby Jesus is scowling at you.” I’m howling at this.

  • daveinprogress

    Thank you for including Sarah Polley’s ‘Take this Waltz’ a film i feel was underappreciated last year. Michelle Williams is such a fine actor; so vulnerable on screen. Polley’s words and direction also showcased Seth Rogen’s acting abilities. I also liked ‘The Impossible’ – there were numerous moments that were non verbal, but touches of humanity that resonated. Not a perfect movie, but a really special one. Another writer/director’s vision.

  • Corvo

    I hope anyone but Boal. LOOPER is the best original screenplay of the year.

  • KT

    Uh, re: an earlier comment, Tarantino CAN *definitely* win this one. Wouldn’t be my choice though. Mark Boal deserves it for an incredibly researched screenplay that made a cohesive story out of many many details, while also “shining a light on a dark decade.” But knowing the Academy and how it works (+ the ZDT controversy and Amour being guaranteed to win Foreign Film), Tarantino will get this award.

  • KT

    ….over Mark Boal (to complete the comment).

  • KT

    ALSO, I highly recommend you check out the screenplays, all available now for free download. Get them before they disappear after the Oscars. Tarantino’s reads very well and is very unique in style and how he writes. It’s quite a read, and contains so much detail, certainly standing on its own whether you liked the film or not. If it wasn’t clear in my earlier comment, I think Tarantino not winning for Inglorious Basterds and being “due” for another award over the competition will play into who wins.

  • Bryce Forestieri

    Damn I hope DJANGO catches up since all that time people voted without it being on the second poll…just kidding!

  • You people owe yourself watching Nacho Vigalondo’s “Extraterrestrial”. Think of a Polanski written and directed rom-com during an alien invasion.

  • CMG

    What did Tarantino **deserve** with Basterds? It is a film (that I like, mind you) that is way too impressed with itself, way too long, and completely falls apart in the third act. Not even talking about its content, its structure goes from firing at all cylinders, possibly with the best beginning of any Tarantino film, to just looking like an ending straight out of Blazing Saddles. The acting in the film does the heavy-lifting. The Academy ultimately got it right.

    Now I think if Academy members had issues with Basterds’ content, what makes anybody think they will like Django Unchained, that has the same themes as Basterds except white American men are getting shot rather than Nazis (a favorite villain in Hollywood). I know people wax poetic about his scripts but again, I think people within AMPAS will find the script self-serving since it is an alternative history exploitation film pastiche about revenge (that implicates the good ol’ US of A) that has been a theme he has covered in his last few films. Boal has a dense script that highlights so much data points and process that I think gets a lot of respect because it is a harder and complicated to put on-screen cohesively.

    I think Boal does have a shot but I am holding my breath on any ZD30 nominee but Haneke has a shot to get a consolation prize (Foreign Film does not seem like enough) for his script. Note that Haneke got ignored by the BFCA and the Globes with his only head-to-head match-ups with Taratino and Boal with the BAFTA awards.

  • But baby Jesus is scowling at you.

    The H is silent.

  • unlikely hood

    Either Amour or ZDT would be great. Anything else would be meh.

  • Ruby Sparks SUCKED. There, I said it.

  • Mr-Cinema

    I’m going with Django. It has the Critics Choice, Golden Globe, and the BAFTA. The only other time Tarantino won a Globe and BAFTA was for….Pulp Fiction.

  • Scotty

    If Tarantino wins the Oscar, I’m going to pretend that it’s for both Django and Inglorious Basterds (the latter being my favorite film of that year…yes even over The Hurt Locker).

  • Zach

    IB was the kind of film that should have won Original Screenplay even if they wanted to give The Hurt Locker BP. They like to justify their BP choices though…

  • Curtis

    Going with Django. It’s Tarantino best reviewed film since Pulp Fiction going by Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic and its on fire at the Boxoffice with 156 million and 360 world wide. That a huge plus for the Amps.

  • Jerry Grant

    ZDT and Django are both in my top 5 movies, but this year, I would like to see Tarantino get the Oscar, even if it’s not a tight script, and definitely inferior to PF and IB.

  • Jerry Grant

    “Seven Psychopaths” would definitely be in my top 5. It’s still in my top 10 for the year.

  • keifer

    “Moonrise Kingdom” was my favorite screenplay (original or adaptation) of the year. But I think Haneke is going to win the Oscar for “Amour”. It’ll be their way of acknowledging him.

    It is unusual for AMPAS to award the screenplay Oscar to a foreign film. I can’t remember the last time they did that actually. I think it was in the 1960s. Can one of you Oscar trivia buffs help me out here?

  • Scotty

    For Best Original Screenplay, A Man and a Woman in 1966. Before that, Divorce, Italian Style in 1962. Does The Red Balloon count in 1956? There’s almost no spoken word in that one.

    For Best Adapted Screenplay…um, there’s a lot of Spanish in Traffic (2000), and Robert DeNiro speaks only in Italian for The Godfather Part II (1974). Other than that…never happened there.

  • The Dude

    Will win: Amour
    Could Win: Django Unchained
    Should Win: Moonrise Kingdom

    Should have been there, in an alternate universe: Holy Motors

  • JP

    Although I’ve always prefered Inglorious Basterds over The Hurt Locker, I think THL is a very deserving Best Picture winner but not deserving of the original screenplay Oscar over Basterds. This time, I think ZDT is more deserving of this Oscar than Django but I think Tarantino doesn’t deserve to lose to Boal again and I don’t think he will. If he loses to somebody, it will be to Michael Haneke not Boal.

  • JP

    The last foreign who won this was Almodovar for Talk to Her (many here are forgetting this) 10 years ago and considering that we are about to have the 4th best picture winner without directing nomination in history, we can perfectly have the 6th foreign script winner.

    A Man and a Woman was in the very same situation of Amour (Foreign Language, Screenplay, Actress and Director)… it just didn’t get BP nom because there were only 5. Nowadays, of course it would be nominated for BP.

  • Ian

    If Amour wins best screenplay over Django or Flight, I might just have to finish off the bottle to end my misery. Here’s a few choice excerpts from that excellent oscar worthy Amour screenplay:





    FADE OUT…..

  • Tero Heikkinen

    This is one of his worst films. If he wins from this… ??? helps us.

  • Tero Heikkinen

    Ian, you are a complete idiot.

    You don’t see the genious of Amour.

    Your loss. LOSS. Deal with it.

  • rufussondheim

    More people need to see Keep the Lights On apparently.

  • Tero Heikkinen

    What have I done that you force people to watch a film with 5.8 on IMDb? I do that all the time, but do I have time for this?

  • Ian

    The genius of Amour is the masterful performance from Emanuelle Riva and nothing more. Aside from that, the film is far from spectacular.

  • Natasha

    I could vote only for three of four I have actually seen…..as for what will win? Wow, it’s actually unpredictable when Argo isn’t in play, just like BD…..one part of me says ZDT…..but Amour definitely has its groupies in the Academy. I’m still thinking….wow, this category is actually like coffee!

  • Tero Heikkinen

    Ian. You are still an idiot. Most likely an American as well – which doubles it.

  • Natasha

    BAH…..just like BD….(Best Director race)….where’s the edit function when you need it?

  • Mack

    Tero, you are starting to make PaulH look reasonable. And charming. Maybe stop?

  • Tero Heikkinen

    Not gonna stop. You are, Mack, an American? I hurt your feelings?

    I don’t care what people think of me.

  • Mack

    Tero, I love people who aren’t self-aware, people who troll badly, and 15 year old brats. Not sure which one you are but I salute you. Continue the show, it’s now hilarious.

  • Tero Heikkinen

    I will, thanks. At first I thought you were serious.

    I’m 24, actually.

  • The J Viewer

    Out of the five nominees I clicked Django Unchained/Quentin Tarantino for the win. And I’d like to see it win Best Original Screenplay.

    Just saying.

  • Sammy

    This pretty much depends on the level of appreciation Haneke about to get at Oscar night.

    1) Director + Screenplay + Foreign Film

    2) Screenplay + Foreign Film

    3) Foreign Film

    4) Director + Foreign Film

    Choose your selection!

  • nixon

    Easy win for boal

  • Zooey

    Not true. The last time a foreign language film won ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY was in 2002 – Talk to Her.

  • Scotty

    Thanks for the correction Zooey, but it seems JP beat you to the bunch. There were two foreign-language nominees that year with Talk to Her and Y Tu Mama Tambien.

    I love Almodovar’s films, but I didn’t really like Talk to Her. I thought Y Tu Mama Tambien was the superior film.

  • Sonja

    Now this is still exciting.
    Even though QT seems to be the favorite with Globe and BAFTA win, ZD30 won the WGA and if the Academy wants to award the film despite the controversal talk, it might here has the best chance.
    Or they could go with surprise and give Haneke the win for “Amour” besindes FL and maybe Best Actress.

    I doubt Flight or Moonrise Kingdom have a chance.

  • More people definitely need to see Keep the Lights On.

    My vote would have gone to Tabu had it been an option. And more people need to see Tabu.

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