“Scream” for Best Original Screenplay: Horrific snub?

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  • FilmGuy619
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    Hello, Derbyites, in the spirit of Halloween, I figured I’d share my thoughts on what I thought was a ‘horrific’ Oscar snub: Scream for Best Original Screenplay. Much like how Pulp Fiction and Star Wars reinvigorated cinema when they were released, with films trying to replicate their formula afterwards, Scream breathed new life into the slasher genre by walking a thin tight rope between bone-chilling slasher film and witty satire. That is thanks to the efforts of its script by Kevin Williamson. I have zero complaints about Fargo winning that year. Yet if Scream was up against it, it would’ve given it a run for its money imo.

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    tjd
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    I don’t know if I’d say it’s a horrific snub (unless you were going for some punnery there), but it definitely was overlooked. Probably because of its genre.

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    FilmGuy619
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    I don’t know if I’d say it’s a horrific snub (unless you were going for some punnery there), but it definitely was overlooked. Probably because of its genre.

    I was going for it. LOL. 

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    BTN
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    Absolutely a big snub. I would replace Shine or Secrets and Lies.

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    Aunt Peg
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    The only reason Scream failed to gain what would have been a very well deserved screenplay nomination is becuse looks down it’s nose at slasher/horror films. It should have taken the place the that dreary and oh so convential Shine.

    Acutally most of the Scream sequels can boast solid screenplays, something very rare very most sequels. 

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    moviefan61794
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    The original “Scream” is my favorite scary movie of all time and possibly one of my favorites in general. I don’t know too much about the race that year (a bit before my awards-predicting times), but I assume it wouldn’t have had a chance anyway because it is a horror film. The opening scene alone is worthy of an award, a perfectly crafted set-up.

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    babypook
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    Ah, Wes Craven. RIP

    My reaction to this movie begins and ends with Drew Barrymore.  The film didnt scare me, once she left the screen.

    Of the nominated screenplays, I’d say the most ‘deserving’ won.

    The English Patient year…can Scream and TEP be more different? Which film would I watch again if given the choice?

    Lol. Depends on if I cant sleep and want to.

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    Sasha
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    It deserved couple nominations, especially the screenplay and Drew Barrymore. One of my favorite slashers of all time. And I looove them!

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    Daniel Montgomery
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    “Scream” was a terrific screenplay, a celebration and detailed critique of the genre that managed to revive and revolutionize the genre. It would have been more than worthy of a screenplay nomination.

    But being a slasher/horror/comedy about teens, it never would have come close to being taken seriously by the academy at the time. That’s one of the key weaknesses of the Oscars: short-sightedness. Awards voters like to go for what feels important right now, and those films usually have the same kind of prestigious, historical, biographical sheen. But in doing so they miss a lot of popular entertainments that have longer-lasting cultural impact. Almost 20 years later, it’s a lot easier to quote lines from “Scream” than from, say, “Shine.”

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