Spike Jonze | Her
Alright, so excuse the tardiness on today’s Oscar pick, I was a little busy binging on House of Cards season 2 and then submerged in HBO’s phenomenal True Detective episode (which was the best yet). So we’re going to cover the Best Original Screenplay award. This is a pretty easy decision for me because my favorite film of the year is a nominee; Her. The category is pretty stacked, and I love so many of the contenders; American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, and Nebraska
American Hustle was probably the most all around enjoyable film of the year that had a fun plot, great acting, and really embodied the flowing spirit of the late 1970’s / early 1980’s. It’s up for a lot of awards and even has a chance to take home the best picture award. David O. Russell really has been on a hot streak and put together a great screenplay, but I wouldn’t call it the best of the year.
Nebraska was a sweet tale of an old man’s last adventure to prove that he’s done something with his life. Accompanied by his caring son, Woody treks across the country to claim what he believes is a million dollar prize. The writing behind this nice father/son tale that transforms into a family bonding experience really put the movie together well.
Dallas Buyers Club was an inspirational story that I loved. Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Garner were fantastic. It was a revealing story that analyzed an interesting topic which really held my interest the entire time. I thought that the screenplay was well thought out and shaped the movie into a solid arc.
Blue Jasmine was probably the weakest of the bunch, and definitely a sub-par showing for Woody Allen, compared to his other works. The story was definitely interesting, but just seemed slightly bland at times. Cate Blanchett was good in the lead role, but I just never felt connected with the characters. I would have much rather seen Inside Llewyn Davis get a nomination in place of Blue Jasmine.
However, my choice is still Spike Jonze and his creation of Her. Jonze was able to create one of the more realistic possible near futures I’ve seen on film that had humans living in a secluded technologically driven world that is masked with a warm scenery. The story expressed nearly every emotion and had me completely invested into Theodore and Samantha’s relationship. It was one of the most unique films I have seen. The story was rich with depth and is something that I’ve been able to watch over and over again so soon after first seeing it. Jonze put together an emotionally artistic roller coaster of a screenplay that transitioned amazingly on screen and is my favorite in this category.
Let me know what you think about the Best Original Screenplay category this year!
Also, be on the look out for Ryan and Chris’s choices as well!
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