All nominations are from books depicting financial crisis, kidnapping, lesbians, immigration and being stranded.
An adapted screenplay is a peculiar category at the Oscars. Screenwriters have to bring a story to the big screen within limitations. The screenwriters especially deserve the Oscars since they have to work in limitations with the original source material.
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Finding the right balance to create a great story on the big screen is no small feat. Although adaptive screenwriting is considered less creative the writers have to please the purist fans.
Adaptations require creativity to bring the characters to life with originality. For the 2016 Academy Award season adaptive screenwriter’s have produced some very fine pieces of works.
All five of the Best Adaptive Screenplays had been derived from books and novels in 2015. All of the screenwriter’s have succeeded in creating great stories, even from the strangest of places.
The most favored script for a 2016 Academy Award is from the film ‘The Big Short’. The screenplay has been written the duo Charles Randolph and Adam McKay.
The screenplay has been adapted from the bestselling book by financial writer Michael Lewis. The Big Short follows the financial crash of 2008 and how it happened.
Adam McKay also directed the film and had to fight for years to make the film. It would be an understatement to say McKay and Randolph have created one of the best scripts ever.
In ‘The Big Short’ difficult financial situation are explained by cameos from real life celebrities. For example Margot Robbie and Selena Gomez make interesting cameos.
The film follows Ryan Gosling character’s narration throughout the film. The narration is pissy, angry and breaks the fourth wall delivering an interesting feat.
The screenplay makes a film about financials a fascinating, entertaining, dramatic and a bit funny story. Most importantly ‘The Big Short’ captivates the full attention of the viewer. The film also provides a perspective on the one of the most important financial events of recent times.
Although ‘The Big Short’ is a great script and a favorite for the Oscar, there is one problem in its way to win. There are a few other very great scripts in the 2016 Oscar nominees.
The nominees for the Best Adaptive Screenplay are for the script of ‘Carol’, ‘Brooklyn’, ‘Room’ and ‘The Martian’. The screenplay of ‘Carol’ has been adapted by Phyllis Nagy. It has been adapted from the Patricia Highsmith novel ‘The Price of Salt’.
‘Brooklyn’ has been written by Nick Hornby and adapted from the novel of the same name. The novel ‘Brooklyn’ was written Irish novelist Colm Tóibín and was acclaimed at the time of publishing.
Meanwhile Emma Donoghue adapted her own novel ‘Room’ into a screenplay. The critically acclaimed film tackles kidnapping, imprisonment and rape from a child’s perspective.
Although a win may not be in reach, Donoghue’s Oscar nomination was certainly worth it. The last nomination is for ‘The Martian’ adapted by Drew Goddard from the sci-fi novel by Andy Weir. Screenplay of ‘The Martian’ focuses on the solitary existence of one character stranded on Mars.
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Although all the screenplays earned their nominations ‘The Big Short’ has the edge to secure a win. However ‘Carol’ may threaten ‘The Big Short’ in a surprise move.