31 January, 2006

Oscar Nominations

I always complain that newspapers and websites never include the screenplay nominations but now I just go to the source, the official website, rather than put up with editoralised 'highlights' from morons who don't understand that without a screenwriter there wouldn't be a film in the first place. Grrr, they make me mad.

It's a shame 40 year Virgin didn't make the shortlist as it did the Writers' Guild awards. Nominations are made by screenwriters but the entire academy gets to vote on who wins.

At first glance I wouldn't bet against Brokeback Mountain and Crash. While the others might be good they won't be able to stop those particular juggernauts of powerhouse writing.

Adapted screenplay

Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features)
Screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana

Capote” (UA/Sony Pictures Classics)
Screenplay by Dan Futterman

The Constant Gardener” (Focus Features)
Screenplay by Jeffrey Caine

A History of Violence” (New Line)
Screenplay by Josh Olson

Munich” (Universal and DreamWorks)
Screenplay by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth

Original screenplay

Crash” (Lions Gate)
Screenplay by Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, Story by Paul Haggis

Good Night, and Good Luck.” (Warner Independent Pictures)
Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov

Match Point” (DreamWorks)
Written by Woody Allen

The Squid and the Whale” (Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Releasing)
Written by Noah Baumbach

Syriana” (Warner Bros.)
Written by Stephen Gaghan

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