Best Screenplay 1977

1927/28 through 1997

What were the best original and adapted screenplays of 1977?

Annie Hall (Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman)
The Goodbye Girl (Neil Simon)
The Late Show (Robert Benton)
Star Wars (George Lucas)
No votes
The Turning Point (Arthur Laurents)
No votes
Equus(Peter Shaffer)
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (Gavin Lambert and Lewis John Carlino)
Julia (Alvin Sargent)
Oh, God! (Larry Gelbart)
That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Bunuel and Jean-Claude Carriere)
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Re: Best Screenplay 1977

Postby CalWilliam » Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:24 pm

Impossible not to vote for Annie Hall.

I like The Goodbye Girl, but that obnoxious child impersonated by Quinn Cummings prevents me from really like it. Of course, not award material.
I don't quite know nor remember whether Star Wars has a good script or not, but it's undeniable that it has standed the test of time. Another Episode is in sight, good Lord! I'll rewatch it again some day, but laziness prevents me as well. Thank heaven there's Mr. Guinness.
The Late Show provides Art Carney a good character, and one is entitled to like Lily Tomlin here (I don't), but come on, at times it seems like Chinatown's Scary Movie. Just watchable. Just OK.
And there's nothing in The Turning Point I'm attracted to, except from Baryshnikov's dancing, of course. Dull, dull movie.

And we land in the Adapted slate, with two dreary films, though Equus is a masterpiece in comparison to I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. The former SHOWS many good things (forgive me you all), but those Burton monologues are so stupid than I just can't find out what Lumet and Shaffer are trying to tell this time. The latter is almost lousy as a whole, like a bad TV movie, full of screaming and obvious conversations, though it's nice to see the young Dennis Quaid in that cute ending that suddenly looks like another different movie. Too bad. No consideration.

In the middle is Oh, God!, an unknown film till three days ago for me. It's kind of a surprise, and it's intelligent, it's funny, and has a quiet and coherent pace. But in the end not that profound. And by the way, I prefer this George Burns than the one in The Sunshine Boys. It's worth taking a look.

Cet Obscur Objet Du Désir is unsurprisingly very good. God bless the genius of Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière and Fernando Rey, but what prevents me (again this verb) from voting for it is that this is not their best effort (Le Journal d'une Femme de Chambre, Belle de Jour, Le Discret Charme de la Bourgeoisie and Le Fantôme de la Liberté are even better in my opinion), and that I LOVE Julia. It's told in that beautiful way the voice-over explains at the beginning, like tracings of memories, and once it begins, it embraces you until the end, abrupt for some, yes, but like life itself, sad and beautiful. The performances are great, the scenes between Robards and Fonda are a delight to watch and hear, and after this beautiful and erratic first half comes the striking, intriguing and memorable train travel, with that wonderful scene between Fonda and Redgrave as a climax. And Georges Delerue. I know it's not a perfect film nor a masterpiece, but I'm in love with it, and it gets my vote. Alvin Sargent wrote two movies really beautifully, and won an Oscar for both.

I'm excited to endorse both Academy's choices this time.
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Re: Best Screenplay 1977

Postby Sabin » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:26 am

I don't think there's ever been a poll where one movie in the category got all the votes. I'd be interested to see if this is the first time that happens with Annie Hall and Best Original Screenplay.
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Re: Best Screenplay 1977

Postby flipp525 » Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:42 am

You need to put a space in between the title of the movie and the parenthetical.
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Best Screenplay 1977

Postby Kellens101 » Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:59 am

What was the best screenplay of 1977?
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