The Coolest Best Screenplay Nominees Ever

Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal Coolest Best Screenplay Nominees

It happens every year, like clockwork. There are only so many Academy Awards nominations available, and some great movies inevitably get snubbed in favor of Oscar bait dramas like The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game. But there are two categories with a long-standing history of honoring cool, crowd-pleasing and/or groundbreaking movies even when the rest of the guilds ignore them completely: Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay.

They’re not perfect of course, and the coolest nominees rarely win (especially if they only have the one nomination), but at least the best screenplay nominees make room for films like this year’s Nightcrawler, CraveOnline’s pick for one of the ten best films of 2014, and featuring a tragically overlooked leading performance from Jake Gyllenhaal and luscious cinematography from Robert Elswit. At least writer/director Dan Gilroy was recognized for his vicious screenplay, about a member of the lost generation achieving amoral glory as a crime scene photographer selling his videos to local news stations.


Check Out: Writer/Director Dan Gilroy Talks ‘Nightcrawler’ on The B-Movies Podcast


But it’s not the first kickass movie to only get one Oscar nomination, so let’s take a look back at some of the coolest, most important and most entertaining movies to only earn the approval of one branch of the Academy. These are… 


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William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline’s Film Channel and the host of The B-Movies Podcast and The Blue Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.