ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY


Charles Brackett, Gloria Swanson, and Billy Wilder

This list has been around sine 2005, but I had forgotten about it. Worth another look? Nothing since Eternal Sunshine in 2004? What screenplays from the past 7 years would you add? Several directors have very good taste and/or clout in aquiring the best scripts. Are there 4 Hitchcock films represented? And would Rear Window or North by Northwest have made the list if a lesser director had not brought them to life with the same flair?

1. CASABLANCA
Screenplay by Julius J. & Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch. Based on the play “Everybody Comes to Rick’s” by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison
2. THE GODFATHER
Screenplay by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola. Based on the novel by Mario Puzo
3. CHINATOWN
Written by Robert Towne
4. CITIZEN KANE
Written by Herman Mankiewicz and Orson Welles
5. ALL ABOUT EVE
Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Based on “The Wisdom of Eve,” a short story and radio play by Mary Orr
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screenplay poll sample

Choose the 10 screenplays you think the Academy will nominate (not your own personal favorites). Cast your votes after the cut.

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sorkin

2010 can only be called the Year of the Director where the Oscar race is concerned. I wouldn’t presume to say anything deeper than that. Sometimes talking about the Oscar race feels like other contests that are judged superficially – political campaigns and horse races. In truth, we are talking about subjectivity. We are talking about art. We are talking about those things because good ideas still drive great movies. But we must also confront what drives Hollywood — money and power. The Oscar race is, therefore, squarely in the middle of those two dynamics; it has never been art for art’s sake.

“He’s nobody. He’s the author,” says Geoffrey Rush in Shakespeare in Love. And that’s mostly true. But the Oscar race lifts up a few names in celebration, which can completely alter a career. You have to admit that having an Oscar for writing a screenplay would be a spectacular thing, particularly if you didn’t ever see that in the plan – someone like Diablo Cody, or even last year’s Geoffrey Fletcher, who beat Jason Reitman to become the first ever black screenplay winner in their 83-year history. Way to go, Academy. You might all call foul and say it shouldn’t matter what color of skin they have. And you would be mostly right except for one thing: it DOES matter, Blanche. It DOES.

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animal kingdom


Animal Kingdom has been nominated for 18 Australian Film Institute Awards, including no less than 8 nominations in the acting categories alone — virtually the entire cast has been nominated.

Animal Kingdom — 18 nominations
Beneath Hill 60 — 12 nominations
Bright Star — 11 nominations
Tomorrow, When the War Began — 8 nominations
The Tree & Bran Nue Dae — 7 nominations each
The Boys Are Back — 4 nominations

Thanks to our good buddy Craig Kennedy at Living in Cinema.

Full list of nominees:

AFI Members’ Choice Award

  • Animal Kingdom. Liz Watts.
  • Beneath Hill 60. Bill Leimbach.
  • Bran Nue Dae. Robyn Kershaw, Graeme Isaac.
  • Bright Star. Jan Chapman, Caroline Hewitt.
  • The Boys Are Back. Greg Brenman, Tim White.
  • Tomorrow When The War Began. Andrew Mason, Michael Boughen.

SAMSUNG Mobile AFI Award for Best Film

  • Animal Kingdom. Liz Watts.
  • Beneath Hill 60. Bill Leimbach.
  • Bran Nue Dae. Robyn Kershaw, Graeme Isaac.
  • Bright Star. Jan Chapman, Caroline Hewitt.
  • The Tree. Sue Taylor. Ya√´l Fogiel.
  • Tomorrow When The War Began. Andrew Mason, Michael Boughen.

AFI Award for Best Direction

  • Animal Kingdom. David Mich√¥d.
  • Beneath Hill 60. Jeremy Hartley Sims.
  • Bright Star. Jane Campion.
  • The Tree. Julie Bertuccelli.

Macquarie AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay

  • Animal Kingdom. David Mich√¥d.
  • Beneath Hill 60. David Roach.
  • Bright Star. Jane Campion.
  • Daybreakers. Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig.

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From Reelz via The Playlist

via ONTD. More after the cut.

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(thanks Kevin K)

The prospect that You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is even sexier in Spain than the deuce we were dealt domestically after the cut.

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