31 January 2011

83rd Academy Awards: Free Screenplays

For years we've heard about how the studios lavish voters with DVDs, CDs and assorted other swag in hopes that their gifts will translate into victories for their films.  The last few years, apparently, a new element in the promotional campaign has included websites dedicated to wooing voters.  Most of these are pretty simple; they offer pictures, quotes from reviews, lists of other award nominations and wins, that kind of thing.  To sweeten the pot, though, several screenplays have been thrown up on the web as .pdf files ready to be downloaded!  I, of course, adore reading screenplays so I've scoured yon Interwebs in pursuit of as many as possible.  Along the way I discovered several older screenplays that have remained active online.  Here's a guide to what's out there.  In some instances, the screenplays are available but not readily accessible from the studio sites so I've included direct links for those few titles.

Disney - Titles include Alice in Wonderland, Tangled (.mp3 of the song, "I See the Light"), Toy Story 3 (.mp3 of the song, "We Belong Together" and .pdf of the screenplay) and Tron: Legacy (no downloads).

Focus Features - 2009 titles include A Serious Man, Coraline, 9 and Sin Nombre.

Focus Features - titles include The Kids Are All Right, Somewhere, Babies, The American, Greenberg and It's Kind of a Funny Story.  No screenplay for the documentary, Babies.

Lionsgate - Titles include Rabbit Hole and For Colored Girls.

Overture Films - 2008 titles include City Island, Jack Goes Boating, Let Me In and Stone.

Paramount Vantage - 2008 titles include The Duchess, Defiance and Revolutionary Road.

Roadside Attractions - Titles include Winter's Bone, Biutiful and I Love You, Philip Morris.  No screenplay for Biutiful.

Sony Classics - Titles include Animal Kingdom, Another YearBarney's Version, Get Low, Inside Job, Made in Dagenham, Mother and Child and Please Give.

Universal Pictures - Titles include Catfish and Despicable Me.  No screenplay for the documentary, Catfish.

Warner Bros. - Titles include Inception, The Town, Hereafter and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.  No digital downloads.

The Weinstein Company - Titles include Blue Valentine, The Company Men, The King's Speech, The Tillman Story and Nowhere Boy.  No screenplay for The Tillman Story.  Clever browsers will be able to find their way to content from previous years.

Also, you can find The Social Network here.

In all likelihood the free downloads will only be available until the Academy Awards are presented on 27 February so if you're going to take advantage of these uploads you shouldn't dally.  Personally, I was happiest with Disney, which offered two .mp3s in addition to the Toy Story 3 screenplay (though I wish they'd provided screenplays for their other three nominees) and Sony Classics for offering eight screenplays.