Those Oscar Missed: Best Original Screenplay

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CONTRIBUTED BY JAKE THOMPSON

Best Original Screenplay refers to a screenplay in which the material is not based on another medium.  Even if the screenplay is about someone or something that was real, it would still count as an original screenplay as long as it wasn’t based or inspired by any published or soon-to-be published materials.  There have been less and less original screenplays being produced in the last decade by Hollywood, especially for blockbusters (Christopher Nolan’s 2010 film Inception being a shining example, but even that didn’t get made until 2008’s The Dark Knight proved to be a huge hit).  Original screenplays don’t get as much recognition as they should, and even when they do, there are still other original screenplays that go unrecognized.  The Academy has been guilty of this, especially just recently with last year’s Oscars (2011’s Win Win and 50/50 were absent from the Original Screenplay…

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