WES ANDERSON & HUGO GUINNESS
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Another year and another Best Original Screenplay nomination for Wes Anderson, this time for his screenplay, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Nominated for Best Original Screenplay three times now (previously nominated for “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001) and “Moonrise Kingdom” (2012)), some will argue that this year’s entry is his best film yet. It involves a distinct time period with fantastical elements, it creates an unforgettable character in the hotel’s concierge Monsieur Gustave (played by Ralph Fiennes), and it includes many elements like a murder mystery, a buddy comedy, and a caper, all tied together by the unique style of Wes Anderson himself. What sets this apart from any other screenplay this year is that no one else could have written this film. This has the heart and soul of an auteur that has his hand in every facet of filmmaking and never backs away from what makes him truly unique. Look at the other contenders and tell me that they hold the same weight.
What’s its competition? Despite being the most original of the bunch, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has the stiffest competition coming up in this category. With the Best Picture winner usually taking many of the major awards with it, both of the two strongest Best Picture contenders are also in the Original Screenplay category. With “Birdman” and “Boyhood” likely vying for the top spot, that means it is much more likely that they will take a win in this category. This doesn’t always happen, but “The Grand Budapest Hotel” faces two times harder the odds than if they were in other categories. It will likely beat out both “Foxcatcher” and “Nightcrawler” which are neither nominated for Best Picture and are no where near “The Grand Budapest Hotel’s” nine total nominations. Could Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness win their first Academy Award? It is possible. Is it likely since it’s facing “Birdman” and “Boyhood”? The simple answer: no.
// Produced by Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, and Jeremy Dawson // Directed by Wes Anderson //
// Dated Viewed: Sunday, January 25th, 2015 // BLU-RAY // 33 films – 29 days //