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Oscars 2021: 'Promising Young Woman' wins Best Original Screenplay

Promising Young Woman, the acclaimed comedy thriller written and directed by Emerald Fennell in her feature directorial debut, has won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay at the 93rd Academy Awards.

Emerald Fennell’s original screenplay for Promising Young Woman managed to sensitively deal with several tough subjects and even does so with flair and wit. It’s a tremendous achievement. 

Promising Young Woman captured the minds of the Academy, particularly due to its pertinent themes, but the superb screenplay from brothers Darius and Abraham Marder is truly spectacular. Taking us deep into the world of another person’s suffering, the screenplay does such a great job in transferring the characters inner emotions to make them universal.

“Part of the charm of Promising Young Woman is the impossibility of placing it in a single, clear category,” Far Out writes in its review of the film. “It has been plausibly described as a thriller, a mystery, a comedy/drama, but it shifts genres so continually, and so smoothly, that none of these properly describe this unconventional story. It begins and ends as a tragic and intense revenge fantasy, but also spends a fair amount of time as a comedy, a psychological study, even a romance; all of them work, and all of them fit in beautifully with the others and support the central theme.”

See the full trailer, below.

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