In the competitive world of film, it’s rare for a movie to be completely overlooked. Many films are snubbed from the Oscar for being too niche, disappointing box office numbers, or just not fitting into one specific category. This year, however, is an exception as many of the well-loved movies were left out of the major awards shows for another reason: they never made it past the script stage. 

Many Oscar-nominated scripts are written by professionals who have been published and paid for their work. In contrast, unproduced screenplays may be commissioned at no cost in order to allow writers to see their stories on screen. 

Unfortunately, many wonderful scripts have remained untapped and unpublished because they would have undoubtedly been Oscar winners had they come to fruition. Read on to find out which amazing Reel Craze movies never even made it to be considered as a final cut…


Mary And Max

Mary And Max were two Australian terriers that lived out their final years in a retirement home. Their story is fascinating and heartwarming – but it’s also a gripping and inspiring examination of the power of memory. Mary and Max lived out most of their lives at a retirement home, but the staff there loved them deeply and would often talk about them fondly. In 2014, filmmaker Paddy Breathnach wrote a script that featured a retired couple and their beloved dogs. 

The retired couple was loosely based on Breathnach’s own parents, and the dogs were inspired by the first two dogs he ever had as a child: a terrier and a maltese. After the story screened at the Adelaide Film Festival, the studio backing the film caught wind of it and ordered a full rewrite. The rewritten script was not very good, and even after revisions, the studio still wasn’t interested in moving forward. But as soon as the script was rewritten, the studio began to show interest. 

The studio ordered a full rewrite, and the rewritten script was good enough to get the film greenlit. But then, the studio ordered a third rewrite, and the rewritten script was not good enough to get the film greenlit. The studio still wanted to make the Reelcraze movie, but they just didn’t know how. In the end, the studio gave up on the project altogether. To make things even more frustrating, what could have been an excellent film was lost forever because of studio interference and meddling.


The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of Wes Anderson’s most beloved films, and for good reason. The eccentric, whimsical story is filmed beautifully and features many of Anderson’s most memorable characters. However, the film is also a loving homage to the works of Franz Kafka, and Anderson was never nominated for an Oscar. What’s more, the original script was drastically changed during the production as Anderson was forced to make numerous cuts. 

At one point, Anderson was forced to cut a scene that featured a talking cat. The cat was voiced by Meryl Streep, and Anderson found himself stuck between wanting to save the scene for its own sake, or for the sake of the film as a whole. After much consideration, Anderson decided to leave the scene in and let Streep’s voice be an additional character in the film. In the end, the decision was undoubtedly a smart one, as the scene is one of the most beloved and memorable parts of the entire picture.



Carol’s script was nominated for an Oscar in 2014, but it was also submitted as a short film. The short film won, and the script was then submitted as a feature. The short film was rejected by the Academy and the feature was rejected by the public. However, what many people don’t know is that the script was rejected by many others as well. Several film festivals rejected the script, and the production company that was set to make the movie also rejected it. 

The studio, however, decided to make the movie, and it was a hit. The studio would always have the last word in deciding whether or not the script would get made. The original script was a love story between a girl and a boy, but it was rewritten to be more of a story of a girl and her grandmother. 

The studio was initially hesitant to make the film. The studio’s decision to make the movie is what allowed the script to be rewritten and ultimately become a hit. The rewritten script also had a few major changes. The comedic scenes were greatly reduced and the suspense scenes were greatly increased. The studio also insisted that the film not end with a warm feeling, but with a chill. The final version of the film is what people know today.



Whiplash is one of the most original and thought-provoking scripts to have never made it to the big screen. What makes the movie so incredible is the fact that it’s based on a true story. The original script by Damien Chazelle was based on a story about a drum teacher who abuses his students, but many things were changed. The biggest change, of course, was the name of the teacher. 

The original script was called The Deception, but the studio wanted it to have a more hopeful ring to it. Another major change made during production was the sequence in which J.K Simmons’ character teaches his students how to play a song on a piano. The original script describes the scene as follows: 

“The class sits in a circle and J.K. Simmons plays the piano. His students are grasping the keys and banging out a melody. This goes on for ten minutes until J.K. turns around, looks at the camera, and says, ‘That’s not music.’ And then, they stopped playing.” The studio, however, suggested that the scene be reenacted like a play. In the play version, the character J.K. Simmons explains why the scene is an important part of the movie.


Elena And Her Girls

Elena And Her Girls is an unproduced script about a young girl who falls in love

and becomes pregnant with her father’s child. The script follows the girl as she deals with the situation, and it’s refreshingly uncynical. The script explores many real-life issues, including abortion, adoption, and raising a mixed-race child. There are many interesting elements that were left out of the final script, and one of those elements is the father’s best friend. 

The best friend is a person who is closest to the father,

and he plays a much larger role in the original script than in the final film. The original script also explored the father’s relationship with his ex-wife and his son’s relationship with his ex-girlfriend.

The original script also featured a lot of scenes of the father going to work,

and it also had a much happier ending.


Bridge Of Spies

Bridge of Spies is one of the rare films that was nominated for multiple Oscars but never won. The film, based on a novel by James R. Hansen, is a historical drama that follows a lawyer who goes to court to defend two Russian spies. The film was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Original Screenplay. The film was nominated for many awards due to its quality, but it never won. 

The original script was completely different from the final film. It was a true-life story, and it actually took place during the Cold War. The narrative of the film had the lawyer defending two Russians who were accused of plotting to blow up bridges. The script also had a happier ending, and it was a lot less political than the final script.