TMP Oscars Winners Edition: Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
It’s the first Thursday of the month which means it is time for our Oscars Winners Edition. Today we’re going to cover best original as well as adapted screenplay. I bring you three picks for each!

#1 Promising Young Woman

This movie really fascinates me. It’s quite gritty and I wanted to see it when back before COVID I saw the first trailer in theaters. Emerald Fennell did a great job and it’s a well-deserved win.

#2 Django Unchained

Y’all knew I couldn’t write this post without including at least one Tarantino movie. Even though I wish Inglorious Basterds had won and I could list that one, Django Unchained is also brilliant!

#3 Fargo

The Coen brothers really nailed it with this black comedy. This is a classic!

#1 Jojo Rabbit

I still haven’t read the book Caging Skies (shame on me) which was adapted into a screenplay and then this wonderful movie by Taiki Waititi. I know that this film is not for everyone, but for me Waititi absolutely nailed it!

#2 The Exorcist

Another book that has been sitting on my e-reader for a while. I promise I will get to it soon(ish). It’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie, but I remember this to be an extremely well-made horror film. The script was adapted from the book by William Peter Blatty himself, who was the original author.

#3 Forrest Gump

I honestly don’t know what kind of magic Eric Roth work when he turned the novel into this wonderful little flick. As I love the movie I was curious about the book but it was hands down one of the worst things I have ever read in my entire life. (I wrote a detailed post on that, link is above). So, being able to make this into a great script is probably the most deserved Oscar win of all time!

What’s your favorite best screeplay winner? Let me know in the comments!

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13 thoughts on “TMP Oscars Winners Edition: Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay

  1. Great picks! I had a lot of issues with Promising Young Woman, but I’m happy for women winning anything at the Oscars at this point. Of all your picks, The Exorcist and Jojo Rabbit are my favorite screenplays.

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  2. A very varied lot. I’m 4 for 6 in what I’ve seen, JoJo Rabbit and Promising Young Woman being the exceptions (both are on my too see list)

    Going from favorite to least, Fargo is so fantastic in its ambling, almost chummy way while mixing in some really horrifying visuals. I’m not sure Frances McDormand deserves three Oscars but she sure deserved this one! Just brilliant.

    I wasn’t a fan of The Exorcist when it came out for a very specific reason. My first job was as an usher at a second run movie theatre (I was around 13 or 14) and it ran foreverrrr!! The only parts I ever saw where the reel changes and the credits so obviously not the best impression. So when it was remastered and re-released I decided to go with a group of friends and actually watch it from beginning to end. It was quite masterful with great performances. Glad I gave it a second chance.

    I didn’t care much for Django Unchained at all. I’m very variable on Tarantino anyway but had liked Inglorious Basterds so I gave this one a chance but it didn’t work for me the way Basterds did.

    I know it has its ardent fans which you are one but I D-E-T-E-S-T-E-D every second of Forrest Gump that didn’t include Sally Field (and even some of her scenes made me cringe). Oh well, every film isn’t for everybody.

    I did a mini theme within the theme. All mine are crime films nominated for Best Picture as well the original screenplay award they won and came out in three consecutive years in the 70’s.

    The Sting (1973)-David S. Ward-When their mutual friend is murdered in 30’s Chicago small-time crook Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) teams with seasoned conman Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) to exact revenge on crime boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw) who ordered the hit. Joining with an odd assortment of colorful associates they formulate a long con to settle the score. Jaunty caper flick was a reuniting for the stars and director of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid ending up being showered with Oscars (7 in total including Best Picture as well as three other nominations) and leading to a jazz revival courtesy of its Scott Joplin musical score.

    Chinatown (1974)-Robert Towne-What he assumes will be a routine infidelity stakeout soon becomes an incredibly complex web of deceit and murder for L.A. private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) when he discovers he was hired by an imposter and is being used as a pawn in a game with deadly stakes. Smart, stylish mystery amassed 11 Oscar nominations but only Towne won for his original screenplay.

    Dog Day Afternoon (1975)-Frank Pierson-Young and desperate Sonny Wortzik (Al Pacino) and his not terribly bright buddy Sal Naturile (John Cazale) attempt to pull off a bank heist in Brooklyn that quickly goes wrong. Trapped inside with the tellers a standoff, first with NYPD Sgt. Moretti (Charles Durning) and then FBI agent Sheldon (James Broderick) escalates into a media circus leading to a tense conclusion. Forceful, incisive drama garnered six Oscar nominations but again only Pierson actually picked up the award for his screenplay.

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  3. With the exception of Promising Young Woman (which I still haven’t seen), I do love all of your picks. Django Unchained being the favorite of the bunch as I’ve become sentimental about that film as that was one of the last films my dad watched and he loved it.

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  4. Oooh man, The Exorcist. I saw it once (as a kid!!!) and I still haven’t been able to bring myself to watch it again. SO terrifying. I had nightmares for days. Forrest Gump gets a lot of hate but I liked it a lot. Tom Hanks is my favorite and what he brought to that role was just amazing.

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  5. I have not seen Promising Young Woman yet but would like to see it although not sure I will like it but I won’t know unless I watch it. Django is so great and I almost picked this one or Pulp Fiction. Fargo is great and I need to rewatch this film. I loved the black humour. Jo-Jo is such a great movie and I like how Hitler does become more evil the more the kid separates himself from his ideas. The scene with the kid seeing his mom’s shoes was horrifying. I am not a fan of Forrest…it’s a good little movie but it hardly deserves all the accolades. Shawshank deserved more.

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