Oscars 2017- What to Know Best Original & Adapted Screenplay
It's finally here! The culmination of awards season, the grand finale. The 89th Academy Awards are tomorrow, and if you're like most people I know you don't really care, haven't seen any or most of these films, or both. Luckily for you I am more excited for this then I was for the Super Bowl. That may be a product of being a Jets fan, but nevertheless here's what you need to know going into tomorrow night.
Best Original Screenplay
The original screenplay nominees caught a break when the Academy deemed Moonlight an adapted work. That leaves Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By The Sea), Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water), Mike Mills (20th Century Woman), and the partners of Efthimis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster) to duke it out.
My pick: Kenneth Lonergan wrote a masterpiece with Manchester. It truly makes me wonder what the movie could have been had the original plan of Matt Damon directing come to fruition because the final product feels as if it were better written than directed. Would a different visionary in the chair have changed it that much? Who knows. I only mention it because this deep, heart-wrenching, layered script may very well leave without a trophy.
What will happen: Sheridon will win for Hell or High Water. This movie has earned a ton of love. It just is not good enough to overtake the top dog(s) in the best picture race. This is where it will get it's Oscar. Lonergan's script will be hurt by his direction. It seems that the longer Manchester is around the more people try to dislike it. Chazelle, remember that guy, is a brilliant writer, he was nominated for adapted screenplay in 2015 for Whiplash, but the whole musical thing SHOULD keep him from winning. But when it comes to La La Land it could very well win everything, maybe even best animated and foreign film.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Remember when I said Moonlight is considered to be adapted. Yeah, that's a big deal. Barry Jenkins and Tarell McCraney are credited for writing the potential best pic. Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi (Hidden Figures), Eric Heisserer (Arrival) and Luke Davies (Lion) round out the category with a posthumous nominee for August Wilson for Fences, the adaptation of his play of the same name.
My pick: Barry brings it on home for Moonlight and the film earns a minimum of two victories (See Best Supporting Actor). Jenkins gets a huge break by being in the adapted side of writing. There really is no competition (cue it losing because I'm too confident in it).
What will happen: Moonlight will win. Throughout the awards circuit it has been neck and neck with Manchester for the top original screenplay. Now that it's been removed from it's main competition it should be a lock.
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