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.

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Do you think it matters that `Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan` had no script, when it comes to it winning an Oscar for best screenplay?
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.

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15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/6/07 - 11:17:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
i dont think it matters that much in the end. a good movie is a good movie, and it deserves the award.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/6/07 - 11:25:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah it really does. But comedies never win anything.
15 yrs ago - Monday 5/21/07 - 2:39:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 2/6/2007 11:17:35 PM loopy_jr wrote:
i dont think it matters that much in the end. a good movie is a good movie, and it deserves the award.

Sure! Good movies deserve awards regardless but not for something it doesn't actually have.

Like winning Best Soundtrack for a movie without a ... soundtrack.

15 yrs ago - Tuesday 5/22/07 - 8:04:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. Best screenplay should go to a movie that has an actual screenplay.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/16/07 - 3:42:52 AM EST (GMT-5)
It was obviously scripted. Anyone who has seen the movie would no that. Doesn't mean its a good script, but its a script nonetheless.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Tuesday 7/17/07 - 2:26:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've never seen it so I wouldn't know. I don't think there should be movie awards at all because they are so pointless.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Tuesday 9/18/07 - 1:55:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
That is the worst movie I've ever seen. Shouldn't be awarded anything but shame.
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/2/07 - 8:21:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
They really ought to choose films that HAVE scripts for that award. In other news, the Writer's Guild strike starts on Monday!
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 11/2/07 - 9:25:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 11/2/2007 8:21:59 PM Betsybird wrote:
They really ought to choose films that HAVE scripts for that award.

Yeah, isn't that the point?
14 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 12/12/07 - 10:41:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
that movie = hate.

it shouldn't win crap.




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