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Encyclopedia > Best Original Screenplay

The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. Before 1940 there was an Academy Award for Best Story for writing. For 1940 it and the award in this article were separated into two awards. Beginning with the Oscars for 1957 the two categories were combined to honour only the screenplay.

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Academy Awards Best Screenplays and Writers (1355 words)
Best Original Story was intended to give credit to the authors of performance works (not novels) that films were based on.
The Maltese Falcon (1941) - (Best Screenplay - adaptation)
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) - (Best Screenplay - adaptation)
Variety.com - Award Central 2007  - A 'Syriana' surprise (528 words)
And I'm proud that the Academy considers it original.
In any given year, there are eight to 12 screenplays that change categories, but one Academy vet said the usual switch is from original to adaptation.
Amy Heckerling's "Clueless," for example, was considered an original, but she admitted that she was inspired by Jane Austen's "Emma" and the Acad switched it to the adapted race.
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