When `Borat` was introduced to the press last fall, the production notes from studio 20th Century Fox said `there was no script` for the film, which it explained was `a new form of filmmaking for an age in which reality and entertainment have become increasingly intertwined.`
Does a film need a screenplay to be considered for best screenplay? Can anyone beside Yogi Berra answer such a question? Bruce Davis, executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, says the academy defers to the Writers Guild when it comes to writing credit.
Jody Frisch, a spokeswoman for the Writers Guild, says there is, in fact, a script for `Borat.` The WGA earlier nominated `Borat` for best adapted screenplay. The WGA raised eyebrows in 2003 when it honored Michael Moore`s `screenplay` for his documentary `Bowling for Columbine.` Like `Borat,` that film included a large amount of narration, but relied mostly on interviews and real-life interaction. Similarly, the WGA has battled production companies to establish writer credit for those penning reality television programming.