Sunday, March 02, 2014

Best Original Screenplay

Callie Khouri was an actress whose career was not taking off.  She could have grown bitter, she could have left the industry.  Instead, she wrote a script.  The kind of gutsy script she would have liked to have been offered as an actor.

It was so great that many names got attached to it.  Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn were a team at one point, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jodie Foster at another.  It would become the film Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis starred in.   And the film that made Brad Pitt a star.

It would captivate the nation and capture the dialogue.

All these years later, 1992's Thelma & Louise is still a cultural touchstone.

Callie wrote about people as she knew them and audiences recognized them onscreen.

It was authentic in the best sense of the word.

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