2011 Oscar: Best Screenplay Nominees!

19 Feb

By: Open Book

It’s very rare any attention is given to the writers of a film. Yes, films are a collaborative effort but writers are often overlooked. So this year Linked-In-Hollywood would like to focus on where it all begins, with an idea. The writers nominated for an Academy Award this year are as follows:[1]

Best Writing: Adapted Screenplay

  • 127 Hours: Screenplay by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
  • The Social Network: Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • Toy Story 3: Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • True Grit: Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • Winter’s Bone: Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

Best Writing: Original Screenplay

  • Another Year: Written by Mike Leigh
  • The Fighter: Screenplay by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson
  • Inception: Written by Christopher Nolan
  • The Kids Are All Right: Written by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
  • The King’s Speech: Screenplay by David Seidler

There are a lot of new writers nominated this year. Yet, there are those who are no strangers to the Academy Awards, let’s take a look at those writers’ previous Oscar wins and or nominated accomplishments.[2]

Past Oscar nominee and winners nominated this year include:

  • Michael Arndt: One of the screenwriters nominated this year for Toy Story 3 is a second time nominee. He’s been nominated and won in 2006 for Little Miss Sunshine for best original screenplay.
  • Simon Beaufoy: One of the screenwriters nominated this year for 127 Hours.  Is also a third time nominee and winner. He was nominated in 1998 for best screenplay for The Full Monty and won in 2009 for Slumdog Millionaire for best screenplay adaptation.
  • Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, (A.K.A. Coen Brothers): The screenplay writers of the film True Grit. Have been nominated thirteen times and have won two Oscars. They won for best original screenplay for Fargo in1996. And in 2007, they won for best-adapted screenplay for No Country for Old Men.
  • Mike Leigh: Is nominated this year for best original screenplay for the film Another Year. However, he’s been nominated five times all for best original screenplay. The list reads, in 1997 for Secrets & Lies, in 2000 for Topsy-Turvy, in 2005 for Vera Drake and in 2009 for Happy-Go-Lucky.
  • John Lassester-Is nominated this year as one of the writers for Toy Story 3, was nominated in 1996 for Toy Story best original screenplay.
  • Christopher Nolan-Is nominated this year for best original screenplay for Inception. Nolan was nominated in 2002 for Memento for best original screenplay.

  • Andrew Stanton: One of the screenwriters nominated this year for Toy Story 3. Has been nominated four times, once in 1996 for Toy Story for best original screenplay, in 2004 for Finding Nemo for best original screenplay and in 2009 for best original screenplay for Wall-E.

Looking at all the previous nominated and winning screenwriters over the years. The writers who are nominated for the first time this year can really be celebrated for their accomplishments. Because whoever wins be-it old or new, at least we know they were in good company.




22 Responses to “2011 Oscar: Best Screenplay Nominees!”

  1. Littlebells February 19, 2011 at 2:45 PM #

    HI ladies! Just stopping by for a quick pit stop. 🙂

    *Rubs hands together* Ooookaaay! I’m going off of what I know, what I liked, and what I have seen. For Best Adapted Screenplay, I really did like Winter’s Bone. I was really impressed with Jennifer. Is that her name??? However, I heard 127 Hrs. was really great and would love to see it if it ever gets to any of my doo-hickey theaters. Sadly, I was not a fan of TS 3. It could have been the mood I was in that day, but I didn’t think it was as good as the others.

    For Best Original Screenplay, Oooooohhhh!!!! I don’t know! I completely loved Inception and how detailed it was. I had to to tell my friend who had never seen it to really pay attention. She thanked me later because she said there was so much info that you could easily get confused and lost. I also loved The Fighter. Saw it twice. But I think it’s mostly because I thought Christian Bale NAILED IT and the sisters were freakin’ AWESOME!!!! Holy crap they looked like true white trash!!! hahahahahahaha! Haven’t seen the other three, but am pretty sure King’s Speech is pretty impressive.

    I think any one nominated has truly earned it. And I think just to be nominated is quite wonderful. I have such appreciation for all levels of employment on a film. It takes a village, you know.

    I am really looking forward to the Oscars this year because of those films nominated.

    • Open Book February 20, 2011 at 8:38 AM #


      How are u? It was fun reading how much u enjoyed the films that came out this year. I agree it’s going to be a tough race for best adapted screenplay. I’m pretty sure KS will probably get it for best original screenplay. Although, I’m still rooting for Inception.

      Also, I noticed u have a very diversified list of films u liked this year, this is sooooo excellent!!!

  2. Littlebells February 20, 2011 at 12:20 AM #

    So completely off topic, but I was reading the post by Kim, “Should Some Movies Not be Remade?” and OMG I wish I had been here for that discussion! I agreed with every movie mentioned that should NEVER, EVER BE remade and want to add one more:

    Sixteen Candles

    “Wussa happnin, hooot stuff!” hahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Ok, sorry about being OT….

    • Open Book February 20, 2011 at 8:53 AM #

      I absolutely agree with u!! Some of John Hughes films should not be touched!! Ferris Bueller, and also The Breakfast Club is another.

      • Littlebells February 20, 2011 at 11:33 AM #

        No ONE can touch John Hughes!!!! My husband bought me all his movies for Christmas. 🙂 We quote Ferris alllll the time. And I just got him to watch Sixteen Candles and he told me, no joke, “That movie was freakin’ awesome!” Well duh. haha!

        Thank you, by the way! Yes, I enjoy all movie genres. As long as I go on a journey, laugh, cry, go “WTF?” in a totally “That’s awesome, didn’t see THAT coming” way, and the actors disappear and become the characters, I will watch just about everything. My problem is I am not a film connossieur AT. ALL. I forget film titles all the time. Maybe I can hit you ladies up for helping me make a movie list.

        • Open Book February 20, 2011 at 8:24 PM #

          Oh! I agree with u on all counts!!! It’s so wonderful when u are taken by surprise in a film or need to really focus because of the intricate details to the plot or sub plots etc…. I really thought Memento was a great film for those reasons. Have u seen Memento? If u liked Inception then this is Christopher Nolan at his finest. Also, another great film is Prestige. Another Nolan film and Christian Bale stars in this one as well.

          So what actors do u like?

          • Littlebells February 20, 2011 at 10:45 PM #

            Oh man, you’re gonna have to give me some time to answer that question and yes, is saw Prestige and looooooved it. Naturally Christian Bale is one of my favs. Off the top of my head I’m gonna say Johnny Depp (I know cliche), the late Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, and Shirley Maclaine. Depp is just fantastic at playing roles that most actors could not pull off. He adds different mannerisms which are so subtle and I never feel I am watching Johnny. Ever. Same goes for the others. As for Ms. Maclaine, I have always loved her in Terms of Endearment and Steel Magnolias. Gosh I love that movie!

            As for foreign films, I may have to go search through my Netflix cue!! haha! The first one I saw was Enchanted April. I don’t mind reading subtitles at all and since we’ve discussed foreigners taking Amerian roles, I can see why. I have found most foreign actors waaaaaaay better than American actors. Not all but most. Ok, I’m gonna go check my cue now.

            What foreign films do you like? I like broadening my repetoire. 🙂

            • Open Book February 21, 2011 at 12:05 AM #

              Hmmm! There are a lot but I will give u a few of my favorites that I can think of right now. Some of them u probably already know.

              1. Let the right one in-Swedish/2008
              2. Life is Beautiful-Italian/1997
              3. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon-Mandarin/2000
              4. Pans Labyrinth-Mexico/2006
              5. Hero-Mandarin/2002
              6. Amelie-French/2001
              7. Tango-Spanish/1998

              Oh! And Biutiful nominated for an Oscar this year.

              • Littlebells February 21, 2011 at 4:20 PM #

                Loved Crouching Tiger and Life is Beautiful! Pans Labyrinth was great but creeped me out. I will have to watch the others. I did recently watch The White Ribbon (?). Very, very good.

                • ozzie20 February 21, 2011 at 4:36 PM #

                  I love Pan’s Labyrinth! It’s probably my favourite foreign movie. I love the fantasy world, it’s so rich and creative. Following closely are Crouching Tiger Hidden dragon and House of Flying Daggers, again because they are beautifully shot. I watched La Vie en Rose last week. It was amazong too. I quite like foreign films so I’ll be checking a few of those out! 🙂

                  • ozzie20 February 21, 2011 at 4:39 PM #

                    Forgot to add that I loved the Prestige too. It was on tv last night actually!

        • Open Book February 20, 2011 at 8:29 PM #

          Do u like foreign films? If so which ones do u like?

          • Open Book February 20, 2011 at 8:39 PM #

            BTW: If u don’t remember the title of a film that’s o.k just describe the plot and the genre and I can probably figure out the title.

  3. Littlebells February 20, 2011 at 12:21 AM #

    Oh and I am learning so much about the industry from you girls. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. 🙂

  4. kneon65 February 22, 2011 at 7:55 PM #

    Great topic. I love reading scripts and trying to picture the movie in my head. I tend to do that while reading a story anyway.

    • Littlebells February 23, 2011 at 12:31 AM #

      I do that too! I have so many books I would love to see on the silver screen, even if it was only made for me and then burned. haha!

  5. kneon65 February 22, 2011 at 7:56 PM #

    Oh forgot favorite foreign film Life is Beautiful and 3 Samurri I think it was called, old foreign film.

  6. Parisienne February 22, 2011 at 7:57 PM #

    My favorite foreign language film of all time is Au Revoir Les Enfants by Louis Malle.

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