Would you say Get Out has the greatest screenplay of the past two decades? That’s the assertion that’s been put forth by the Writers Guild of America, which has crowned the Jordan Peele movie as having the best script of the 21st century. The reveal comes from the WGA’s list of the “101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century,” and while there are tons of amazing features included, Get Out came out on top. Filling out the rest of the top five, in order, are Charlie Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Aaron Sorkin’s The Social Network, Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite, and the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men. All five movies in the top five have won screenwriting Oscars.
“As voted upon by the members of the Writers Guilds West and East, the list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (so far) is both a celebration of the great writers and screenplays of the last 21 years and a study of how writing for the screen has evolved and diversified since the 20th Century. Plus, it’s a great conversation — and argument — starter,” Aaron Mendelsohn, chair of WGAW’s Publicity & Marketing Committee, said in a statement.
Moonlight, another Oscar winner for Best Screenplay, trailed just behind the top 5 with a firm spot at number 6. This is followed by Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, and Christopher Nolan’s Memento. In total, Nolan wrote four screenplays that have made the list, with Memento joined by The Dark Knight (No. 26), Inception (No. 37), and The Prestige (No. 82). Tarantino had three make the list, which also includes Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (No. 22) and Django Unchained (No. 74).
You’re never going to get everybody to agree on what really is the best of them all, but there’s definitely a good case to be made for Get Out. Because the script comes from MadTV and Key and Peele comedian Jordan Peele, expectations from horror fans weren’t exactly high, as this didn’t seem to be Peele’s area of expertise. Starring Daniel Kaluuya, the movie follows a young Black man who uncovers a shocking truth when meeting the family of his white girlfriend (Allison Williams). It was unlike anything else to be released before it and still stands out as one of the most memorable genre movies of the past 20 years.
Get Out was also an instant hit. On a budget of less than $5 million, it raked in more than $255 million. Critics were also impressed with the widespread acclaim earning Get Out a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes at 98% fresh. That’s a challenge for any release, but obtaining a score that high is especially difficult for horror movies. Along with its Oscar win for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards, the feature was also up for Best Picture, Best Actor for Kaluuya, and Best Director for Peele. Also, Jordan Peele fans should be aware that Nope, his third movie following Get Out and Us, is on its way.
Congratulations to Jordan Peele and the Get Out team for achieving this honor. This news comes to us from Deadline.
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