Friday, January 25, 2013

Best Screenplays: 2000s

Best Adapted Screenplay:

2000: Traffic (Stephen Gaghan)
Oscar winner: Traffic (Stephen Gaghan)

2001: Lantana (Andrew Bovell)
Oscar winner: A Beautiful Mind (Akiva Goldsman)
Was this nominated?: No

2002: Adaptation (Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman)
Oscar winner: The Pianist (Ronald Harwood)
Was this nominated?: Yes

2003: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Peter Weir and John Collee)
Oscar winner: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson)
Was this nominated?: No

2004: Before Sunset (Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, and Kim Krizan)
Oscar winner: Sideways (Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor)
Was this nominated?: Yes

2005: A History of Violence (Josh Olson)
Oscar winner: Brokeback Mountain (Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana)
Was this nominated?: Yes

2006: The Departed (William Monahan)
Oscar winner: The Departed (William Monahan)

2007: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Ronald Harwood)
Oscar winner: No Country for Old Men (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
Was this nominated?: Yes

2008: The Class (Laurent Cantet, Robin Campillo, and François Bégaudeau)
Oscar winner: Slumdog Millionaire (Simon Beaufoy)
Was this nominated?: No

2009: In the Loop (Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, and Tony Roche)
Oscar winner: Precious (Geoffrey Fletcher)
Was this nominated?: Yes

Best Original Screenplay:

2000: Amores Perros (Guillermo Arriaga)
Oscar winner: Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe)
Was this nominated?: No

2001: Memento (Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan)
Oscar winner: Gosford Park (Julian Fellowes)
Was this nominated?: Yes

2002: All or Nothing (Mike Leigh)
Oscar winner: Talk To Her (Pedro Almodóvar)
Was this nominated?: No

2003: Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
Oscar winner: Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)

2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, and Pierre Bismuth)
Oscar winner: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, and Pierre Bismuth)

2005: L'Enfant (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne)
Oscar winner: Crash (Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco)
Was this nominated?: No

2006: After the Wedding (Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen)
Oscar winner: Little Miss Sunshine (Michael Arndt)
Was this nominated?: No

2007: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (Kelly Masterson)
Oscar winner: Juno (Diablo Cody)
Was this nominated?: No

2008: In Bruges (Martin McDonagh)
Oscar winner: Milk (Dustin Lance Black)
Was this nominated?: Yes

2009: Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodóvar)
Oscar winner: The Hurt Locker (Mark Boal)
Was this nominated?: No

Now that I've finished this category, I'm considering doing Best Director for the next two Fridays, covering four decades a post. Since most of my Best Picture winners match my Director ones, I don't want to waste eight weeks on that category. However, I can always do one of the categories listed below instead. Let me know in the comments!

Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing
Best Makeup
Best Sound
Best Visual Effects
Best Animated Feature Film (only the 2000s)

Updated: 6/24/15


  1. Awesome to see In The Loop here! I just cannot believe A Beautiful Mind won best screenplay, the script was the worst part of the movie.

    1. Love that film! Yeah, it's hard to believe one of the writers of Batman Forever has an Oscar.

  2. After the Wedding!!!!!!!!!!

    Great wins man! Some of these I haven't seen (Latana)...I should get on that.

    Do Film Editing ;-)

    1. Thanks man! Lantana - do it.

      Looks like I'll do editing, unless something changes. :)

  3. Whew, okay, Traffic is here. I’m all set ☺

    Lantana: great choice.

    Likewise Adaptation, City of God, Before Sunset, A History, The Departed – fuck it man, everything. We’re spot on here yet again. Amazing.

    Seriously, Amores Perros, Memento, Before the Devil, In Bruges, all my top picks.

    I agree with Fisti, editing could be fun!

    1. Haha. Knew you'd be worried about Traffic. ;)

      Thanks. Love Lantana. More people should see it.

      Excellent. If only we could vote for the Oscars.

      It looks as if editing will be next. :)

  4. Glad to see In Bruges was at least nominated, same with Memento and Adaptation (last good film of Nic Cage IMO). I've put Before the Devil Knows You're Dead on my Instant Netflix queue, gotta see that one soon!

    1. I'm glad they got nominated as well. :) Hope you like Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. Great direction, script, and performances in that one.