Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Awards-Nazi Award nominations: Original Screenplay

Read about my favourite Original Screenplays after the cut.

Amour by Michael Haneke:
Brevity and minimalism is the key to Haneke's meditative screenplay. Using efficient vignettes to evoke the gradual decline of Anne's condition keeps the film's stillness from boring the viewer, building his story with soft-spoken tact.

Looper by Rian Johnson:
This genre-bending film constantly keeps you guessing in terms of the direction it may go, largely in part to Johnson's innovative screenplay, which elegantly (but also not so elegantly) avoids the paradox of time-travel.

Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola:
As precious as the story is, Anderson does not shy away from undercurrents of more severity. But it's clear that he has no intention of making weighty themes a burden on his charming romance, writing throughout with his typical brand of exacting humour.

Wreck-It Ralph by Phil Johnston, Jennifer Lee, Rich Moore, & Jim Reardon:
Some childish humour aside, the story has universal appeal because of the themes it writes to. It's an exemplar of narrative construct, one that is often hilarious and occasionally quite moving (and wisely quits while it's ahead on the video game in-jokes).

Zero Dark Thirty by Mark Boal:
While some elements are naturally fictionalized, the vast majority of this propulsive script is a straight-laced, doggedly researched piece of cine-journalism, condensing several firsthand accounts into a tightly-wound docudrama.

Just missed: Django Unchained, Flight, The Master, Rust and Bone, War Witch

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