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.

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