Thursday, January 31, 2008

Read this year's Oscar-nominated screenplays

Thanks to Andy at Shooting People, you can visit this website and read most of this year's Oscar-nominated screenplays. I particularly recommend Juno, but am also looking forward to casting an eye across Tony Gilroy's screenplay for Michael Clayton. It's already been noted how many of this year's Oscar-nominated scripts are by woman, particularly in the original screenplay category where they dominate the men by a three-to-two ratio.

But has anyone noticed how many are by writer-directors? The only nominated screenplays not written by directors are Atonement [adapted by Christopher Hampton], The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [adapted by Ronald Harwood] and Juno [an original by Diablo Cody]. Check out the link mentioned above, it's worth the effort.

Yesterday I posted 15 examples of bad movie dialogue, as chosen by Entertainment Weekly magazine. Now it's time to reveal from which films these examples were plucked. How many did you identify?
1. I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. [Notting Hill]

2. You're why cavemen chiseled on walls. [As Good As It Gets]

3. You complete me. [Forrest Gump]*

4. A bird may love a fish, signore, but where will they live? [Ever After]

5. I'm gone, like a turkey in the corn. Gobble gobble! [Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me]

6. You know what happens when a toad gets struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else. [X-Men]

7. And she rescues him right back. [Pretty Woman]

8. My warrior woman. My valkyrie. You'll always be mine, always and never. Never. The Fire, baby. It'll burn us both. It'll kill us both. There's no place in this world for our kind of fire. [Sin City]

9. I feel just like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. You know, except for the whole hooker thing. [She's All That]

10. Love means never having to say you're sorry. [Love Story]

11. A dingo ate my baby! [A Cry in the Dark a.k.a. Evil Angels]

12. Is it still raining? I hadn't noticed. [Four Weddings and a Funeral]

13. I carried a watermelon. [Dirty Dancing]

14. We were made to fit together. [City of Angels]

15. Hold me, like you did by the lake on Naboo. [Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith]

* Obviously, this is a fib, the quote comes from Jerry Maguire. But having caught the end of Forrest Gump on TV at the weekend, it sure sounds like something he'd say.


Oli said...

Having defended some of these yesterday, I'll take the time to say that every single line from Sin City deserved to be there, along with any line from Star Wars that featured the word 'younglings'.


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Oli said...

Also, on page 10 of Juno, Diablo Cody uses the term 'live action RPG' and doesn't explain it. I love this script to tiny little bits.