Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet, by Sir Francis Bacon
Due to screenwriters’ notorious lack of glamour, the Best Screenplay categories are often the least politicized and offer a morsel of satisfaction during a feast of outrage. They are also your best bet for sneaking a bit of snarky irony under the door. Two years ago, Joel & Ethan Coen’s script for O Brother, Where Art Thou? was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. This year, the nomination of Adaptation for Best Adapted Screenplay went to Charlie and Donald Kaufman. I suppose the screenwriting Academy members (who largely determine the nominees) couldn’t find a way to create a "Best Unadapted Screenplay" category.