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    What was that category? Was one film eligible for both Best Story and Best Screenplay (either original or adapted)? The category was created for 1930/31 ceremony and was discounted in 1956 when Best Original Screenplay was around for 16 years and Best Adapted Screenplay (then just Best Screenplay) was there since 1st Academy Awards. I don’t know what to make of it.

    For example “Roman Holiday” won Oscar for Donald Trumbo for Best Story and was nominated for Trumbo (under alias) and John Dighton for Best Adapted Screenplay but none of the other films crossed-over in both categories on 26th Oscar ceremony. “The Search” also won Best Story and was nominated for Best Screenplay. I can’t see double nods for “All About Eve” or “Sunset Blvd.” though. Can anyone explain all of that to me?

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    Actually, there are two different “Best Original Story” categories.  One meant “Original Screenplay” and had as its counterpoint “Adaptation” and that lasted from 1931-1939.

    The “Best Original Story” that began in 1940 means explicitly the Story and *not* the Screenplay.  That’s why there are 3 writing categories beginning in 1940 (2 Screenplays, one Story) and remain so until they discontinued the Story category in 1957, returning back to the two categories that existed pre-1940, but with less confusing names.

    Unfortunately, by retaining the same name but meaning two different things, it’s easy to conflate the two together.  But they are decidedly different, if you’ll note by comparing the nominees with the on-screen credits in those two different periods of time.

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    Thanks for your response. It’s still pretty confusing but at least I got a grip on what was going on.

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