first and only writing nomination; NYFCC Awards winner for Best Screenplay, WGA Awards winner for Best Original Screenplay; BAFTA Awards nominee for Best Original Screenplay, LAFCA Awards runner-up for Best Screenplay
Telling a story of one young man's lack of direction, first through his activities with the IRA, then through his romance with the girlfriend of a soldier he helped kidnap. There's that famous twist, but though the initial aftermath is uncomfortable, there's a surprisingly sweet love story here: a boy who doesn't know what the hell he's doing, and a woman who does, but still makes bad choices. I love the unexpected turns, the marrying of the two storylines, the rhythm of dialogue.
tenth of 16 writing nominations; BAFTA Awards winner for Best Original Screenplay; WGA Awards nominee for Best Original Screenplay
George Miller & Nick Enright
Miller's first of two writing nominations, Enright's first and only nomination; WGA Awards nominee for Best Original Screenplay
first of two nominations; WGA Awards nominee for Best Original Screenplay
David Webb Peoples
first and only nomination; LAFCA Awards winner for Best Screenplay; BAFTA Awards nominee for Best Original Screenplay, Golden Globe nominee for Best Screenplay, NYFCC Awards second runner-up for Best Screenplay, WGA Awards nominee for Best Original ScreenplayTwo threads - William Munny and Little Bill Daggett - inexorably meeting for violence. One a reformed murderer and mercenary out to kill for money, the other a sheriff trying to keep his town clean through his own methods of sadism. A writer is already mythologizing the story as he lives through it; a kid cannot wait to become a killer; a whore stubbornly seeks justice on behalf of another too weak to object openly. No fat on this tale of violence and America's thirst for it.
This category often winds up honoring a Best Picture nominee with no hope of winning that or Best Director, but whose success is so linked to the strength of their story, the originality of the film, that this seems the most proper place to award it. Recently, it's happened with Get Out, Manchester by the Sea, Her, Django Unchained, Midnight in Paris; in the '90s, it happened with Ghost, The Piano, Pulp Fiction, Fargo, Good Will Hunting, and.....:
I get it, it's a good win! But not the one I would choose. My vote goes to:
DAVID WEBB PEOPLES
Tomorrow, the nominees for Best Actor: Robert Downey, Jr. (Chaplin), Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven), Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman), Stephen Rea (The Crying Game) and Denzel Washington (Malcolm X).