The 86th Annual Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay

02 Feb

n the interest of being thorough about the Academy Awards, I have decided to dededicate a blog entry for every category.  The news media will focus on the top five categories, eventually I will too, but these posts are in the interest of examining every single category, even those that send you to the fridge during the show.  Today: Best Original Screenplay.

  • Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for American Hustle
  • Woody Allen for Blue Jasmine
  • Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for Dallas Buyers Club
  • Spike Jonze for her
  • Bob Nelson for Nebraska

This is probably the most fun category because it often rewards the daffiest and often most original work.  Previously, Oscar has rewarded Django Unchained, Midnight in Paris, Juno, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Pulp Fiction and The Crying Game.  It should also be said, this category often becomes the only award that these films will see.

The respect seems to push the potential in the direction of David O. Russell and Eric Warren for American Hustle and Woody Allen for Blue Jasmine.  Both are deserving but if the recent events are any indicator, the award could go to Spike Jonze for his lovely science fiction love story for her.  Jonze has thusfar won the Golden Globe and recently won the WGA award.  Since the folks at the writer’s guild also vote for the Oscar, it is a safe bet that Jonze has the award in the bag.

Who Will Win?: Spike Jonze for her
Who Should Win?: Spike Jonze for her
Darkhorse?: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for American Hustle


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