Posted by · 10:12 am · February 12th, 2009

Moving into the major categories, tell us in the siebar poll who deserves the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

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  • 1 2-12-2009 at 10:21 am

    Mr. F said...

    I voted for In Bruges even though it has no chance, but my other alternative would be WALL-E

  • 2 2-12-2009 at 10:28 am

    James D. said...

    I just noticed that Milk was an Original Screenplay. The Academy needs to revise the Screenplay categories. Milk is not an adaptation, but it does have source material. The screenplay for Benjamin Button is more “original”, because it is only the loosest adaptation.

    Maybe Screenplay should be one category. I would have voted for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but without it, I go with Frozen River.

  • 3 2-12-2009 at 11:12 am

    Homero said...

    I voted for Synecdoche, New York…

    …oh, wait…nevermind.

  • 4 2-12-2009 at 11:30 am

    tony rock said...

    can somebody explain why Wall-E should win when the first 45 minutes are basically without dialogue? if you’re voting for best story then by all means Wall-E should win it. but this is best SCREENPLAY, not best story.

  • 5 2-12-2009 at 11:31 am

    Matt said...

    WALL-E, to make up for the *best reviewed movie of the year* not being the Best Picture race.

  • 6 2-12-2009 at 11:32 am

    James D. said...

    Synecdoche! Not even a makeup nod. What a great film that was.

  • 7 2-12-2009 at 11:52 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Tony: “Story” is part and parcel of the screenwriting process. There’s a lot more to a screenplay than mere dialogue.

    For example, “WALL-E” scredits Andrew Stanton with story and screenplay, while Jim Reardon and Pete Docter have screenplay and story credits respectively. All three are nominated for Best Screenplay.

  • 8 2-12-2009 at 12:10 pm

    Level_Head said...

    To Tony: A screenplay is essentially instructions on creating the story. It contains directions to the actors (in the case of WALL•E, these are the animators of the actors) the camera crews, the prop people, and anyone else involved in creating the story the camera will see.

    Wall•E did, in my opinion, an extraordinary job — and that first portion with relatively little dialog was all the more original for it. All could follow the story, despite the absence of talking heads explaining their motivations.

    Would you rank the screenplay of a mute person poorly, merely because the main character did not speak? Surely not. In fact, the handling of that could produce a very good result, if well conceived.

    This film definitely was beautifully conceived, and quite original — you pointed out yourself how unusual the “first 45 minutes” were. The film transcended storytelling, and reached the level of art.

    ===|==============/ Level Head

  • 9 2-12-2009 at 12:16 pm

    N8 said...

    WALL-E. Hands down.

    Unfortunately, I just can’t see Milk losing this category, being the only Best Picture nominee of the five.

  • 10 2-12-2009 at 12:19 pm

    Matt said...

    Level_Head says it well. A screenplay is not a series of spoken lines. It is the entirety of the story, from instructions on what events happen, to the overall ideas and themes behind them, often even listing musical cues and visual effects. One could have an entirely dialogue-free screenplay, and it would still be a screenplay.

  • 11 2-12-2009 at 12:37 pm

    junjun said...

    I think Wall-E will pull this off. This along with the animated oscar and a technical oscar (or two) will be their “consolation” prize for the best pic snub.

  • 12 2-12-2009 at 12:37 pm

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    I was deeply moved by the story “Frozen River” told. It gets my vote without question.

    I believe its last-place ranking in this poll is due to the fact that so few people have seen it.

  • 13 2-12-2009 at 1:01 pm

    John Travolta said...

    In Bruges! i can’t believe its second in the polls.

  • 14 2-12-2009 at 1:09 pm

    Materweaver said...

    I can. Haven’t seen it, sure it’s a great film…

    But WALL-E deserves best pic. Screenplay will have to do.

  • 15 2-12-2009 at 1:14 pm

    Sean said...

    I think Milk deserves the award for being a strikingly original screenplay for a biopic. The screenplay chooses to focus on the gay rights movement overall, and not just Harvey Milk, which is, I think, the film’s greatest triumph.

    Although I’d love for Happy-Go-Lucky to win, as some sort of retribution for Sally Hawkins not being nominated. Most ridiculous snub ever.

  • 16 2-12-2009 at 1:37 pm

    Liz said...

    I thought “Milk”‘s screenplay was definitely its weakest aspect, and I also think it’s the weakest nominee in this (very strong) category. I voted for “In Bruges,” but I would be happy to see any of the other four take it.

    I liked “Milk” a lot, but Van Sant’s direction and the performances really took it to the next level and made up for the average screenplay.

  • 17 2-12-2009 at 2:05 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    IN BRUGES. One of the gabbiest and more novel crime films ever made. It deserves the consolation more than any of the others.

  • 18 2-12-2009 at 2:29 pm

    chris said...

    In my opinion “Milk”, is by far my favorite in the very good original screenplay category. I really hope it wins.

  • 19 2-12-2009 at 2:48 pm

    Mike said...

    Oh, tony, tony. You obviously know nothing about screenwriting and screenplays.

  • 20 2-12-2009 at 2:54 pm

    HBK said...

    IN Bruges should win ,IMO.

    But i think Milk will win .

  • 21 2-12-2009 at 3:08 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Dustin Lance Black for his spectacular “Milk.” Mixing pathos and politics seamlessly, interweaving the life and loves of Harvey Milk in with the man’s pragmatic activism, and striking the perfect balance between intelligent political context and the indomitable, unadulterated humanity at its center, the script is through and through an organic thing of beauty.

    And I want to see that terrifically handsome man walk up on the stage and collect that award. Yeah, I’m not gonna lie. ;)

  • 22 2-12-2009 at 3:48 pm

    Scott said...

    I’m with Liz. I thought Milk’s screenplay was average and the acting was its strength. And I don’t by that it was a “movement” picture at all. Harvey Milk referring to a movement doesn’t mean that the movie was about a movement.

    In any event, I think In Bruges was a much stronger screenplay.

  • 23 2-12-2009 at 3:53 pm

    KB said...

    I agree with Speaking English. There are great moments of humor within the script as well. Subtle and poignant. I do think that “In Bruges” is deserving as well, but I would vote for Dustin Lance Black.

  • 24 2-12-2009 at 4:01 pm

    Björn said...

    Milk! By a mile.
    Otherwise In Bruges.

    I liked Wall*e ‘s concept of the last robot on earth on a journey through space, but I thought the story unfolded as a rather easy awareness message. And it’s a complete mystery to me why Vicky Christina Barcelona isn’t nominated.

  • 25 2-12-2009 at 4:04 pm

    Leone said...

    MILK because it’s a moving story told well.

  • 26 2-12-2009 at 4:46 pm

    Speaking English said...

    ***And it’s a complete mystery to me why Vicky Christina Barcelona isn’t nominated.***

    Throwaway, immensely middling rom-com. Poor writing, especially for Woody.

    ***MILK because it’s a moving story told well.***

    Damn good reason. :)

  • 27 2-12-2009 at 4:46 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Oh, and it’s “Vicky CRISTINA,” no “h.”

    Too many people make this mistake.

  • 28 2-12-2009 at 5:55 pm

    red_wine said...

    Happy Go Lucky easily, but I’ll be partial to Wall-E though Milk which I also love will win it anyway. But it will be a step forward if they finally award an Animated film with a big award. And by god the film deserves it.

  • 29 2-12-2009 at 6:44 pm

    Netbug said...

    tony rock: While I can see where you’re coming from, I’d highly recommend checking out the screenplay. It’s up for reading on the Disney Awards website. It’s brilliant.

    I think It may be clear from that comment, I’m rooting for WALL-E It should have been nommed for Best Picture to begin with. But the lack of animation noms and 2001 not even getting a nom for BP back in it’s day speak for themselves on the Academy’s opinion of Sci-Fi and Animation. Major bummer.

  • 30 2-12-2009 at 7:09 pm

    T.S. said...

    This year, the writing categories are particularly interesting to me… I greatly admire four of the five original-screenplay films, and only greatly admire one of the five adapted-screenplay films: a perfect inversion. It makes selecting a winner taxing. If I had a vote in the ceremony, I’d probably ask it for “Wall•E,” although I’d be happy if the statuette went to either “In Bruges” or “Milk,” which I suspect will win, for the literary reasons Speaking English outlined well above, plus the amount of time and research that went into the film on Black’s part.

  • 31 2-12-2009 at 7:24 pm

    junjun said...

    imho, Milk’s screenplay was ok but not as strong as In Bruges and Wall-E’s. I think Gus Van Sant’s excellent direction actually did more to elevate the screenplay.

  • 32 2-12-2009 at 11:02 pm

    PJ said...

    Tough call but “WALL-E”. That first hour was amazing.

  • 33 2-13-2009 at 11:21 am

    Zach Baum said...

    In Bruges

    it needs it way more than Wall-e

    it saved colin farrel and Wall-e is gonna win annimated anyway

    i would have put for best picture before i put Wall-e