It’s time to visit the week that was via our Around the Circuit piece, where we look back at articles that we feel are worth your time covering the Oscar race, new releases, or really just anything film related.
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In Contention’s Guy Lodge bemoans the lack of Original Screenplays in the mix each year, regardless of the last three Best Picture winners all being considered original by AMPAS’ standards. The lack of depth in the Original Screenplay field is astonishing, and Guy points the finger at studios which prefer taking on low risks – such as sequels, re-adaptations, and spin-offs - to suit an audience that pays out to see familiarity over contemporary. However, Guy also sees the silver lining on the issue by pointing out that films like A Separation and Bridesmaids wouldn’t have the opportunity to be nominated at all if the category was more saturated by Oscar-friendly scripts. He goes on to give an early look at what films might be in the hunt for a nominee in this field.