2nd TFO Awards PART 5: Screenplay and Animation Categories

The following awards are:

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay

Best Animated Feature

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Best Adapted Screenplay

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Flipped – Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman

The idea of actually continuously switching sides of the girl and the boy in telling the story is a brilliant idea, but to actually do that well is more surprising. Always fully understanding the emotions of these two lead characters effectively makes this love story lot more effective.

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The Ghost Writer – Robert Harris, Roman Polanski

The screenplay knows how to identify each character, define them from everybody else, show their facets, and hide their dimensions. It brilliantly constructs each scene with an underlying tension put by the force of each word intelligently chosen to compose the smart dialogue.

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Rabbit Hole – David Lindsay-Abaire

The emotions from each word the characters say makes the film entirely textured. Howie’s struggle to keep up with life and Becca’s inability to move on and how they conflict even with those quiet exchange of words are especially evident.

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The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin

It starts the film with a blast I haven’t experienced before. Words haven’t felt like a machine gun since… Network, I guess? The work of the screenplay is very visible throughout the film, yet the style that the screenplay used is never tiring. An instant classic.

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Toy Story 3 – (Screenplay) Michael Arndt, (Story) John Lassater, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

I don’t know where to place this nominee (original or adapted?), but I’m pretty sure it would be in either way. I chose this one to be here because of the fact that all of the events here, one way or the other, had been based on events from previous installments, but whatever. Humor and pathos in an animated film, you could only have that in a Pixar film. And boy, I had it.

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Gold: The Social Network – Aaron Sorkin

Silver: The Ghost Writer – Robert Harris, Roman Polanski

Bronze: Rabbit Hole – David Lindsay-Abaire

Runners-Up: Flipped, Toy Story 3
Finalists: Fair Game, Easier With Practice, How to Train Your Dragon, Never Let Me Go, Let Me In, Tamara Drewe, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Semi-Finalists: 127 Hours, Shutter Island, True Grit, Winter’s Bone, I Love You Philip Morris, Barney’s Version

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Best Original Screenplay

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Another Year – Mike Leigh

Slow burning revelation of each character is wisely used in the film. It’s not the exactly the words of these characters that turn the story, but on how these characters react on each situation. It’s not that much of a showy effort, but you know it’s there, so here it is.

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Blue Valentine – Derek Cianfrance, Joey Curtis, Cami Delavigne

The parallel unfolding of the two stories composing this tragic tale of marriage takes its time in forming its characters with full ease and dramatic tension. Of course, it could be largely owed to the dynamite performances of the two leads, but the creation of the screenplay was indeed a very big help.

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Due Date – Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, Todd Phillips, Adam Sztykiel

I admit. Comparing this to the other four nominees in this category, this nominee looks like a category filler. But that does not discount its achievements. It succeeds with the witty dialogue that can be outrageously hilarious to subtly heartbreaking. It’s one of those raunchy and edgy comedies that worked a lot.

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The Fighter – (Screenplay) Eric Johnson, John Silver, Paul Tamasy, (Story) Keith Dorrington, Eric Johnson, Paul Tamasy

The story itself is ripe of cliche, but it’s how these characters to each other that gives the film the unexpected synergy, humor, pathos, and humanity. For example, Alice Ward herself is a creation that Melissa Leo gave life in, but the screenplay provides the strong material that she’s got to work with.

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Inception – Christopher Nolan

A film that’s so complicated yet so accessible. It twists and turns, but it knows for a fact that it is not the main focus of the story, so it executes those with gracefulness. And surprisingly, there is lot of heart in it. The subplot with Mal is one of the screenplay’s better parts, providing human emotions when you least expect it.

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Gold: Inception – Christopher Nolan

Silver: Another Year – Mike Leigh

Bronze: Blue Valentine – Derek Cianfrance, Joey Curtis, Cami Delavigne

Runners-Up: The Fighter, Due Date
Finalists: Going the Distance, The King’s Speech, The Kids Are All Right, City Island, Made in Dagnham, Dogtooth, Please Give
Semi-Finalists: Welcome to the Rileys, The Town, Greenberg

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Best Animated Feature

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Despicable Me – Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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How to Train Your Dragon – Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois

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The Illusionist – Sylvain Chomet

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Tangled – Nathan Greno, Bryon Howard

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Toy Story 3 – Lee Unkrich

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Gold: Toy Story 3 – Lee Unkrich

Silver: How to Train Your Dragon – Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois

Bronze: The Illusionist – Sylvain Chomet

Runners-Up: Despicable Me, Tangled

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Previous Awards page:

Visual Categories 1 / Visual Categories 2 / Aural Categories / Scene Categories

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