Alec Guinness was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for his adaptation of The Horse's Mouth in 1958 to go along with his nominations for Best Actor for The Lavendar Hill Mob (1952) and Supporting Actor for Star Wars (1977) and Little Dorrit (1988). He won the Best Actor Oscar for Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and a Special Award for lifetime achievement (1979).

Another acting knight who was nominated as a writer was Kenneth Branagh who was nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published for the screenplay of Hamlet (1997), fifteen years before his knighthood in 2012. Branagh's nomination as a writer was regarded as puzzling in many quarters because he filmed Shakespeare's play almost uncut. Contrastly, Laurence Olivier's Best Picture-winning version of the play heavily cut and rearranged the text (going to such controversial lengths as entirely removing the major roles of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern) but had no screenwriter credited on the film, with noted critic Alan Dent only receiving the unusual title of "text editor".

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