Hammond, O’Neil debate the original screenplay race

Posted by · 12:37 pm · February 17th, 2009

Everyone’s wondering lately whether “WALL-E” can pull off an upset in the original screenplay category as of late, taking down the only Best Picture nominee of the bunch in the process: Dustin Lance Black’s “Milk.”  Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil cornered Pete Hammond recently to debate just that, as well as some discussion on the adapted screenplay category.

“I think the original screenplay category is interesting this year because I think there are three nominees we can write off, ‘In Bruges,’ ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ and ‘Frozen River,'” Hammond says.  “Then we’ve got ‘Milk’ and ‘WALL-E.’  No animated film has ever won in the writing categories and I think the time is right because “WALL-E’ is loved in the Academy.  I think they may be receptive to putting it in the winner’s circle in some other categories and I think the screenplay is where we might see the biggest upset of the night.”

That’s kind of what I’ve been thinking for a while now, too.  This and the lead actor race are the two most interesting categories of the evening, I think.

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  • 1 2-17-2009 at 12:43 pm

    trent said...

    I know that Hammonds is right in saying that we can write off 3 of the 5 nominees. But I have to say, that makes me really sad because I think that those three rejects are the strongest of the category (which, in my opinion, should include Vicky Cristina Barcelona instead of Milk). Oh well.

  • 2 2-17-2009 at 1:51 pm

    N8 said...

    Wishful thinking. Milk’s gonna win.

  • 3 2-17-2009 at 3:10 pm

    Jake said...

    I hope Wall-E wins.

  • 4 2-17-2009 at 4:17 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Hammond got it right with Adapted Screenplay… this should be Roth’s.

  • 5 2-17-2009 at 5:28 pm

    Diego(uruguay) said...

    Wall-E should win.

  • 6 2-17-2009 at 6:27 pm

    Alex said...

    Wall-E is such a monumental effort. It deserves to win.

  • 7 2-17-2009 at 9:53 pm

    Rob said...

    If milk wins, it can be attributed more so to anti-animation sentiment among voters within the academy.

  • 8 2-18-2009 at 12:35 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    So Hammond’s another person buying into this wildly misinformed perception that “Happy-Go-Lucky” shouldn’t have been nominated because of Mike Leigh’s improvisational process.

    The film was not “written by the actors.” As Leigh and any of cast members invariably mention in any interview, Leigh has complete control over the process, and accounts for every beat of the final “screenplay,” even if it’s not necessarily on paper. Why do people so distrust the unconventional?

    Sorry, I guess I should have put this under the “pet peeves” section!

  • 9 2-18-2009 at 5:20 pm

    Glenn said...

    ““I think the original screenplay category is interesting this year because I think there are three nominees we can write off, ‘In Bruges,’ ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ and ‘Frozen River,’” Hammond says. “Then we’ve got ‘Milk’ and ‘WALL-E.’ ”

    Wait, so how does that make it “interesting” if you can immediately write off three nominees? Hardly sounds interesting to me. Original Screenplay is the best category this year and they actually went with some great movies that had legitimate ORIGINAL screenplays (remember that disastrous 2003 when titles like “Gangs of New York” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” were somehow seen as not having been adapated… wtf?) and all with distinctly different writerly voices. I still would’ve preferred Woody Allen got in over Black (whose film is my favourite of the BP nominees though), but when that’s the biggest problem then you know you’re onto a winner category.

    I am still holding on to a smidge of hope that if “Wall-E” can’t win then it is “Frozen River” that it loses to and not “Milk”.

  • 10 2-19-2009 at 2:13 am

    Mike V. said...

    I hope Milk’s score wins. It’s subtle and beautiful.

  • 11 2-19-2009 at 2:14 am

    Mike V. said...

    I meant, screenplay! But the score is beautiful too! :)