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    I was looking through a list of movies that were nominated for Best Original/Adapted Screenplay and I was wondering what movies like Monty Python and the Holy Grail or Airplane! would compete in for the writing categories? Would they be original because they are technically original characters or adapted because they are adapted from the movies they are parodying?

    What do you think?

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    “Airplane!,” won the WGA award for; Best Comedy Adopted from Another Medium. I believe that would’ve made it an Adapted Screenplay. Ultimately its up to The Writers Branch Executive Committee as to whether or not a film is classified as an original or adaptation.

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    The Holy Grail only parodies a legend, not a credited source, so it would be Original without a doubt.

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    Really depends on the specific film. Airplane was modeled largely after Arthur Hailey’s ’50s novel “Runway Zero-Eight” and thus was deemed an Adapted piece. For other parodies, however, could be different.

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    The Holy Grail only parodies a legend, not a credited source, so it would be Original without a doubt.

    I was just using those as examples.

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    “Young Frankenstein” was nominated in adapted but it did have a lot of similarities to the novel/movie so I could see why but I remember in a class I took in HS that “All the King’s Men” was according to my teacher a parody of Huey Long or something like that and that was nominated for adapted too. (Never really bought that it was a pardody but if the teach said so I put it on the final essay nonetheless).

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    “All the King’s Men” is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning book so there is no doubt that it is an adaptation.

    I somewhat agree that “Young Frankenstein” should be considered adapted because it recreates scenes from the James Whale films “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein” and Mary Shelley’s novel, though it still has a new plot with some new characters. Its source material is quite clear. The same would be true of say “Spaceballs” and “Airplane”. I would think something like “Blazing Saddles” would be considered an original screenplay because it is mocking Westerns in general rather than being based on any particular Western film.

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    What about those Seltzerberg parodies? I know all of them suck nard, but needless to say what would they compete in?

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