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  • KyleBailey
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    I have been watching a lot of interviews about Whiplash and it reminded me of something that has always been on my mind. Since Whiplash is based off a Short Film, why is it being pushed in the Original Screenplay category? I have thought the same about Obvious Child and the upcoming Before I Disappear (Based off an Oscar winning short too!). Would they be original too if they campaign? I would think since adapted is strict about things when it comes to source material that they would include previously produced shorts 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    By that theory, Toy Story is adapted because it was loosely based on Tin Toy. 

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    Eddy Q
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    I think if the short film is listed in the credits, then it’s adapted, otherwise it’s original. The criteria are so murky that I guess they have to go by credits.

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    manakamana
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    His short film was based on his feature-length original screenplay, not the other way around.

    A lot of indie projects, in particular, will do a short film version of what they want to make into a feature as an audition of sorts to help secure funding and whatnot. Short Term 12 and Tyrannosaur are other examples of that.

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    DominicCobb
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    Correct me if I’m wrong but District 9 was nominated for Adapted as it was based on the short “Alive in Joburg,” even though they were both written by the same person.

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    KyleBailey
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    Yes! District 9 was! It is so confusing. 

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    Zooey the Dreamer
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    Adapted.
    There is even a winner – Sling Blade.
    It was based on Billy Bob Thornton’s short film. Again written by the same person but it shouldn’t matter. After all writers who adapted their own books don’t go for original. 

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