Wednesday, March 22, 2017

AFT Awards: Best Original Screenplay

This is the fifth category of the 10th Annual AFT Film Awards to be announced. The AFT Awards are my own personal choices for the best in film of each year and the best in television of each season. The AFT Film Awards include the traditional Oscar categories and a number of additional specific honors. Nominees are pictured in the order I’ve ranked them. Click here to see previous years of this category.

Honorable mentions (in alphabetical order):
An Eye for Beauty, AWOL, Captain Fantastic, I, Daniel Blake, Maggie's Plan, Pelé: Birth of a Legend, The Hollars, Women Who Kill

Adult Life Skills
In a Valley of Violence
Sand Storm
American Honey
Little Boxes

The winner:
Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan) was a devastating drama that managed to be just as funny as it was poignant, showing the true range of human emotion in unthinkable situations.

Other nominees:
Hell or High Water (Taylor Sheridan)
La La Land (Damien Chazelle)
20th Century Women (Mike Mills)
The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou)

*I suppose I should consider it a badge of honor to have one of my categories match up 5/5 for the first time ever with the Oscar list. Or just good selection on the part of Oscar voters!

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