Top 3 Tuesday - Memorable Scenes from Oscar winning films: Best Original Screenplay

For this week's Top 3 Tuesday I've chosen memorable scenes from three films that won Best Original Screenplay. What makes a winning screenplay is often the dialogue; the screenwriter manages to convey so much through the character's words. The following scenes are my favourites because of what they offer to the film as a whole - every single word spoken brings the audience a little bit closer to understanding the characters and what makes them tick.

3. The Plane Scene: Almost Famous - Cameron Crowe is a brilliant screenwriter. His characters are always flawed in some way. This means we can relate to them easily, because human beings are flawed. The plane scene in Almost Famous is a great example of human nature. When faced with death the truth comes out and the band are finally able to say what they really feel. The result is a big wake up call; once the truth is out, there is nowhere to hide. I love that this scene shows the vulnerability of the characters. They may all have made mistakes, but they're just human after all.

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2. The Park Scene: Good Will Hunting - It's no wonder that Matt and Ben won the Oscar for this script. Not only did they manage to write some of the sharpest dialogue, they were also able to combine humour with emotional growth. It was a very accomplished script. The scene I've chosen could actually be termed a monologue - its success all comes down to Robin Williams' polished performance. What I love about it is just how much we learn about Sean (and Will) by this speech. We come to understand Sean's life and what has affected him. Equally, we get a glimpse into the tortured inner world of Will. All in a few short minutes! Brilliant.

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1. The Royale with Cheese Scene: Pulp Fiction - This scene is so simple - just two men shooting the breeze - and yet Quentin Tarantino manages to convey a lot about the characters of Jules and Vincent. Here are two men having a conversation about such inconsequential things; just as any of us make small talk with friends, or relay stories from our overseas vacations. And yet these two men are dangerous killers. It's this subtle humour that makes this scene so wonderful. For me, a big part of why this is my favourite is because my reaction to the mayo-on-fries thing was very similar to Jules' - I thought it sounded disgusting. That was until I travelled to Europe myself and got a taste for it! Now I love mayo on fries. :-)

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