Monday, February 28, 2005

Oscars: The writing angle

It is a bit of a shame that the press is so eager to scream that Clint Eastwood "beat" Martin Scorsese at the Oscars. It hardly reflects the intentions of the respective directors, both of whom had good reasons to win. A lot of good movie-makers have good reasons to be a little disappointed this morning. It was, after all, a pretty good year. Unlike the French César awards on Saturday night, there were no major surprises.

Staying on a strictly writing level, here are the bits Screenplay Europe singled out:

Best Original Screenplay Charlie Kaufman (screenplay), Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth (story) "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind"

Best Adapted Screenplay Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor "Sideways"

It is often said that the screenplay award has nothing to do with the writing, as it usually serves as a consolation prize for the second-favourite movie. This was not the case this year, which is encouraging.

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