Critics’ Choice Awards announce 2015 screenplay awards

The Critics’ Choice Awards have announced their best screenplays of the year:

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies by Matt Charman and Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

“The mood is perfectly reflected in the screenplay by Charman and the Coens.” – Mike Smith, Media Mikes

Ex Machina by Alex Garland

“Named after the old literary term ‘deus ex machina’ (‘god from the machine’ — usually referring to a contrived and sudden resolution to a plot or character dilemma), the film is a heady piece of sci-fi, fleshed out with terrific performances, a smart script, solid special effects (especially considering the low budget) and expert direction.” – Jim Judy, Screen It!

The Hateful Eight by Quentin Tarantino

“If, on the other hand, you enjoy a Tarantino-scripted conversation or two or five — particularly in a period piece where the characters can’t make references to movies or TV shows — ‘The Hateful Eight‘ may well engage you as a darkly funny locked-door mystery that’s in no hurry to show its hand.” – Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

Inside Out by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley

“The script is tremendously complex, maybe the best -or at least the most elaborate- from John Lasseter’s factory to date.” – José Arce, LaButaca

Spotlight by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy

“With a smart script, perfectly paced direction, and superb acting, this is a work that manages to be as entertaining as it is important.” – Mike McGranahan, Aisle Seat

Best Adapted Screenplay

The big Short by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay

“It’s not just a matter of abstracting the maths to the point where people are confused by their own bullshit (though McKay’s script illustrates this rather charmingly); it’s about people not having the basic good sense to read through the précis on the products they’re trading.” – Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

Brooklyn by Nick Hornby

“Screenwriter Nick Hornby and director John Crowley join star Saoirse Ronan in creating a united front against the clichés of romance, comedy and coming-of-age tropes.” – John Serba, MLive

The Martian by Drew Goddard

“The script is so technical it could be used as a survival manual for being lost in outer space.” – Dennis Schwartz, Ozus’ World Movie Reviews

Room by Emma Donoghue

“The wisest element of Donoghue’s screenplay and director Lenny Abrahamson’s approach to the material is the narrative’s point of view.” – Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies

Steve Jobs by Aaron Sorkin

“Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet create all the dynamic tension required to propel Aaron Sorkin’s minimalist screenplay into epic terrain, but the film is an inspiring success and a frustrating failure at the same time — much like the man himself” – Katherine Monk, Ex-Press

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