This year, the Best Original Screenplay category is a race between Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman – two screenplays that couldn’t be more different. One is a historical drama involving real people and real events and the other is a completely fictional story. So how is it that these two screenplays are competing in the same category?
Right now, the two categories are split into Adapted (based on previously written source material) and Original (not based on previously written source material). And while these two categories honor two separate skills, it could also be argued that writing an “original” screenplay inspired by history and writing an “original” screenplay based on nothing are also two separate skills.
How do you think the Oscars should separate the screenplay categories?