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  • jdbecker78
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    American Beauty (Alan Ball)
    Being John Malkovich (Charlie Kaufman)
    Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
    The Sixth Sense (M. Night Shyamalan)
    Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh)

    I was watching Oscar clips on YouTube and this category really stuck out for me.  This was a very strong line-up in my opinion and any could have won.  I haven’t seen Topsy-Turvy, but the other four are almost impossible to rank.

    My rankings:

    1.  American Beauty
    2.  Magnolia
    3.  Being John Malkovich
    4.  The Sixth Sense 

    n/a  Topsy-Turvy.

    What do you all think about this race? 

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    Beau S.
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    American Beauty really is the epitome of phenomenal screenwriting. BJM and Magnolia are great as well.

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    Gabriel
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    Being John Malkovich is the best here, and I wished it had won. American Beauty’s screenplay isn’t bad, but it’s a bit too Screenwriting 101 for me.

    I also think Almdovar’s All About My Mother was robbed of a nomination.

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    American Beauty really is the epitome of phenomenal screenwriting. BJM and Magnolia are great as well.

    You do know that American Beauty was made in the editing room. And that the original version of the film was divided into the events we saw in the movie as is and scenes from a courtroom trail where Lester’s daughter and boyfriend are convicted for his murder.

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    Beau S.
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    [quote=”SalantBeau”]American Beauty really is the
    epitome of phenomenal screenwriting. BJM and Magnolia are great as
    well.

    You do know that American Beauty was made in the editing
    room. And that the original version of the film was divided into the
    events we saw in the movie as is and scenes from a courtroom trail where
    Lester’s daughter and boyfriend are convicted for his murder.[/quote]

    I’d love to see that version.

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    Eddy Q
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    [quote=”SalantBeau”]American Beauty really is the epitome of phenomenal screenwriting. BJM and Magnolia are great as well.

    You do know that American Beauty was made in the editing room. And that the original version of the film was divided into the events we saw in the movie as is and scenes from a courtroom trail where Lester’s daughter and boyfriend are convicted for his murder.[/quote]

    Ugh, really? How clichéd and tiresome. Thank God they got rid of those scenes. I do think American Beauty is more unique than many give it credit for.

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    babypook
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    Well, the Wachowskis were “overlooked” in Original Screenplay (The Matrix). This screenplay is hands-down the best and truly original screenplay around.  Genius imo, and o yes, relatable. At the time, I just knew that screenplay wouldnt be around on Oscar nominations morning.

    Out of this bunch, I dont disagree with the win for AB. But all of them have a special touch.

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    Milo Kunis
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    Editing bay chop job or not, the script to American Beauty is gorgeous. 

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    Rooney Mara
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    American Beauty is one of my favourites Best Picture winner and I love the screenplay but nothing beats Being John Malcovich for me. What an amazingly written original masterpiece, I´m happy Kaufman won afterwords but unfortunately it was for the weakest film of his 3 nominations.

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    blueprint
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    Wow, when I read the title I expected this thread to be a place to bash
    AB, considering the consensus of the film on this site. So I’m surprised
    to see most of you acknowledging the script, which I personally find
    extremely well constructed, albeit somewhat traditional as Gabriel
    described it “Screenplay 101”. But this doesn’t diminish it to me, I
    think it achieves near perfection as a whole. All strings come together
    creating full narative closure and the cues in the film are nice to
    trace back. Sometimes they are almost too blatant, but who cares… they
    have their purpose and run like a golden thread through the film. I find
    it very impressive that the film is overall so well-rounded, and every
    aspect makes sense and has its purpose, no lose ends, resulting in a
    very satisfying viewing experience.

    Eventhough Charlie Kauffman
    is my favorite screenwriter of all time and I adore BJM and its
    masterful brilliancy (and Maxine probably being my favorite film character ever), I
    would have given the win to AB alone for its fantastic execution. And afterall Kauffman rightfully won for an even better screenplay 5 years later, that makes AB’s win even more “right”.

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    Icky
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    Eww at all the AB love. I certainly don’t hate it as much as some, but for every inspired scene there’s another cheap and weepy one. I agree with it being “screenwriting 101”, a bunch of been-there and broad ideas pretty much pasted together. The aspects that work are greatly dependent on its editing and direction. BJM all the way. But I will say that The Sixth Sense has become underrated due to how popular and then how greatly parodied it was. It’s a very well measured film with a twist that still holds up if you’ve somehow remained unspoiled.

    (get the heck out of my head blueprint) 

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    For me, this AB is one of the worst films ever to win BP. But the fault isn’t Alan Ball’s, as his subsequent 6 Feet Under writing showed. It was Sam Mendes’ direction, which, as he has in all his films except Skyfall (where he likely was on a tight leash) he just loves ridiculing his characters and making them look as ugly as possible. AB is full of patented Mendes cheap shots. An ugly film which I saw once and will never see again.

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    Icky
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    If anything Ball proved that his screenplay for AB was one of its big problems with his Six Feet Under scripts. It’s overall good show, but it as well had problems with unearned sentimentality, crudeness for crudeness sake and cheap, ill-fitting comedy. 

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    seabel
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    [quote=”SalantBeau”]American Beauty really is the epitome of phenomenal screenwriting. BJM and Magnolia are great as well.

    You do know that American Beauty was made in the editing room. And that the original version of the film was divided into the events we saw in the movie as is and scenes from a courtroom trail where Lester’s daughter and boyfriend are convicted for his murder.[/quote]

    The screenplay is made in the editing room. Didn’t you know that?

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    ConMan
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    One one hand, The Sixth Sense is a very good screenplay with some very clever dialogue, but on the other hand… Oscar winner M. Night Shymalan?

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