The film is highly literate, but not so stuffy and filled with superlative dialogue that it's hard to get involved in.
The most intelligent camp script I have ever seen in my life. Marber deserves more credit than he receives for making this film so over the top and, yet, grounded in reality.
Every word of dialogue is true and beliveable and, even at 2 1/2 hours, I don't think any of the scenes could have been cut.
Ron Nyswaner, The Painted Veil
Nyswaner's updating of the Maugham novella manages to keep both the relationship issues on the same footing with the exotic location.
Runners Up: Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, V For Vendetta...Jason Reitman, Thank You For Smoking...Christoper Nolan and Jonathon Nolan, The Prestige
Bill Condon, Dreamgirls
Patrick Marber, Notes on a Scandal
William Monahan, The Departed