Friday, February 24, 2012

Meet the Nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay

MEET THE NOMINEES!
Here are the Academy Award Nominees for Best Screenplay Adaptation. I want to memorize their faces in case I see them at the bar. Isn't that where the writers hang out? Or is that just an old stereotype? And who knows, maybe a couple of the authors will be there? Probably not John LeCarre (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)  but I wouldn't be surprised if Kaui Hart Hemmings, the first time novelist of The Descendants, was!
Peter Straughan
Tomas Alfredson
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was adapted for the screen by Peter Straughan and his now-deceased wife, Bridget O'Connor. Tomas Alfredson directed.
Will I see them at the bar?
And wouldn't it be great if John LeCarre was there? I have a feeling this picture on the left is the closest I'll come to seeing him!

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THE WRITERS ?

John Logan



Brian Selznick

Sam Mendes


John Logan wrote the screenplay for Hugo based on the book by Brian Selznick. He also wrote the screenplay for Rango which has been nominated for best animated film. Will Logan be hanging out with Martin Scorsese, the dirctor of Hugo or Gore Verbinski, (on the right) the director of Rango. There's always a chance he'll be ordering a martini, shaken not stirred, with Sam Mendes who is currently directing the new James Bond Skyfall film which Logan wrote the screenplay for.

Alexander Payne, the director of The Descendants, based on Kaui Hart Hemmings novel, hired the writing team of Jim Rash and Nat Paxon to adapt the book, then he gave their script a quick rewrite of his own.They have been all smiles in other award show photos. Will they be an unstoppable trio on Sunday?  And will they invite Kaui Hart Hemmings to get in on the act?



Grant Heslov
Needs No Caption!
Will George Clooney who is nominated for his role as Matt King, in The Descendants, be chummy with Payne et al even though his movie, Ides of March is also in the running for Best Screenplay Adaptation?  I will definitely be looking for HIM at the bar. George may be with his partner, Grant Heslov. Clooney and Heslov took a pass at the script and have screenwriting credit.


Or he may be with Beau Willimon who originally wrote the screenplay based on his own play, Farragut North. Oh let's be real; he'll be with his blonde bombshell girlfriend, Stacy Keibler.




Zaillian, Chervin, Sorkin
Michael Lewis



Or could it be the odd threesome who are credited with bringing Moneyball to the screen? Michael Lewis, the books' author didn't think it could be adapted for the screen. Stan Chervin is credited with the "story" - he wrote the first screenplay while Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin both have Screenplay credit. From what I understand, Zaillian wrote a second draft, then Sorkin came in and rewrote that! 
I'll also be looking for Moneyball director, Bennett Miller, and Best Actor Nominee for his role in Moneyball,  Brad Pitt.
He and Clooney are great friends so maybe I'll see them at the bar together.
I don't suppose it makes much difference. I would be too intimidated and plain old star struck to say a word anyway. But if you were there, what would you say?

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