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Oscars - Best Original Screenplay

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Oscars - Best Original Screenplay

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY WINNERS

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Manchester by the Sea 2016 15

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams shine in this devastating, Oscar-winning drama from Kenneth Lonergan about a man’s painful hometown return.

137 mins USA Director. Kenneth Lonergan

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Spotlight 2015 15

The Best Picture winner at the 2016 Oscars is a searing account of Boston Globe journalists' uncovering of the Catholic Church child abuse scandal.

129 mins USA Director. Thomas McCarthy

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The Hurt Locker 2008 15

Kathryn Bigelow won the Best Director Academy Award in 2010 for this visceral, thrilling story of an American maverick bomb disarmer in Iraq.

131 mins USA Director. Kathryn Bigelow

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 15

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet play the couple who fall in love so quickly it seems they must have known each other in a past life ... only to discover they did.

108 mins USA Director. Michel Gondry

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The King's Speech
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The King's Speech 2010 12

Oscar-winning tale of the relationship between King George VI (Colin Firth) and the Australian speech therapist who treated his stammer.

118 mins United Kingdom Director. Tom Hooper

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Shakespeare in Love 1998 15

A creatively stymied bard finds love and inspiration in the form of one of his players, a cross-dressing actress, in the impeccably crafted, Oscar-winning period romance.

123 mins USA Director. John Madden

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Pulp Fiction 1994 18

Quentin Tarantino’s crackling crime classic still retains its swagger as one of the great American films of recent decades.

154 mins USA Director. Quentin Tarantino

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY NOMINEES

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The Lobster
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The Lobster 2014 15

Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw and Rachel Weisz star in this bleakly hilarious dystopian drama from Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth).

112 mins Ireland Director. Yorgos Lanthimos

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La La Land
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La La Land 2016 12

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone channel old-school Hollywood glamour in this bright and playful romantic musical from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).

128 mins USA Director. Damien Chazelle

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Hell or High Water
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Hell or High Water 2016 15

Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine star in David Mackenzie’s acclaimed crime drama about two brothers who rob the banks that seized their ranch, and the sheriff on their heels.

102 mins USA Director. David Mackenzie

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Amour
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Amour 2012 12

Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or-winner, about an octogenarian couple trying to cope when a stroke leaves the wife partly paralysed and speechless.

127 mins France Director. Michael Haneke

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Foxcatcher 2014 15

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum deliver stunning performance in the story of the strange relationship between two Olympic wrestlers and their millionaire benefactor.

130 mins USA Director. Bennett Miller

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Nightcrawler 2014 15

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a crime journalist scouring the streets of after-dark LA in a stylish thriller that examines the morals of mass media.

117 mins USA Director. Dan Gilroy

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Another Year
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Another Year 2010 12

Mike Leigh's drama about contented couple (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen) who play host to various friends, each struggling to find happiness.

129 mins United Kingdom

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Vera Drake 2004 12

Mike Leigh’s acclaimed story of a selfless woman who performs unlawful abortions in 1950s Britain; both an affecting drama and vital social history.

125 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Leigh

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Topsy-Turvy
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Topsy-Turvy 1999 12

Mike Leigh forays into period drama for this story of Gilbert and Sullivan and their risky production of The Mikado.

154 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Leigh

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The Battle of Algiers 1966 15

Gillo Pontecorvo’s masterpiece about the last years of French colonial rule in Algeria, seen from the perspective of both the revolutionaries and the French authorities.

121 mins Italy Director. Gillo Pontecorvo

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The Queen
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The Queen 2006 12

Helen Mirren won as Oscar for her performance as the enduring monarch who comes under scrutiny following the death of Princess Diana.

103 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Frears

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A Hard Day's Night
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A Hard Day's Night 1964 U

The Beatles’ freewheeling film debut remains the pinnacle of rock-n-roll cinema; still deliriously entertaining 50 years on.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Lester

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I Vitelloni
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I Vitelloni 1953 PG

Federico Fellini’s influential drama follows five young Italian men and their different attempts to disrupt the drudgery of provincial life.

108 mins Italy Director. Federico Fellini

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The Lady Eve 1941 U

A female con artist falls in love with her target in Preston Sturges’s comedy, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda.

90 mins USA Director. Preston Sturges

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8½
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1963 15

Fellini triumphantly conjured himself out of a bad case of creative block with this magnum opus about a film director experiencing creative block.

138 mins Italy Director. Federico Fellini

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