Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco, Crash
George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Good Night and Good Luck
Woody Allen, Match Point
Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale
Stephen Gaghan, Syriana
Winner: Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco, Crash
Despite an over-reliance on big coincidences and nicely dove-tailed moments of dramatic convenience, Crash was named Best Original Screenplay. Paul Haggis chose to give a shout-out to any and all who fight racism, which was very, very Canadian of him. (As a Canadian Scientologist, Paul Haggis may be the most curious creature alive: Dull but exotic, arcane but mundane.) Co-writer Bobby Moresco didn’t get to speak – curse you, Haggis! – but I'm sure he'll cry himself to sleep on a pillow made of the decimal places he can now add to his asking price for a screenplay.