AND THE NOMINEES FOR BEST SCREENPLAY ADAPTED FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM WILL BE:
CODA (Sian Heder adapted from the 2014 French film “La Famille Belier”) After a triumphant unveiling at Sundance there followed a a highly successful marketing campaign. The film has also generated an enormous amount of goodwill and generally favorable reviews from the Deaf Community. It would be her first nomination.
THE LOST DAUGHTER (Maggie Gyllenhaal based on the book by Elena Ferrante) Making her writer/director debut, actor Maggie Gyllenhaal should land a spot for adapting Elena Ferrante’s 2008 novel. Gyllenhaal’s first nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and her second nomination overall, having been nominated for Best Supporting Actress opposite Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” (2009).
THE POWER OF THE DOG (Jane Campion based on the book by Thomas Harris) Her triumph in adapting Thomas Harris’ 1967 novel makes her a shoo-in in this this category. This is the one to beat and the likely winner. Her second Best Original Screenplay nomination following writing and directing nods for “The Piano” in 1993 and, if the Director’s Branch also gives her a nod this year, as expected, her fourth nomination overall.
DRIVE MY CAR ( Ryusuke Hamagushi and Takamasa Oe, based on two Haruki Murakami short stories that originally appeared in The New Yorker magazine). The NYFCC and LAFCA choice for Best Film of 2021, “Drive My Car” is now poised for nominations in the Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best International Film (Japan) categories.
WEST SIDE STORY (Tony Kushner based on the ORIGINAL “West Side Story” by Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents and the play “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare) The movie has been kept under wraps so far. However Kushner’s adaptation of the Arthur Laurents/Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim masterpiece has to be in the running for Best Adapted Screenplay. Expect nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress (DeBose) and Best Supporting Actress (Moreno) . This will be Kushner’s third Best Adapted Screenplay nomination following “Munich” in 2005“ and “Lincoln” in 2012.
AND FOUR ADDITIONAL CONTENDERS:
CYRANO (Erica Schmidt) Erica Schmidt adapts Edmond Rostand’s play “Cyrano de Bergerac” to suit her husband Peter Dinklage’s “unique physique” in director Joe Wright’s singular interpretation.
THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH (Joel Coen based on the play by William Shakespeare) Coen’s highly praised adaptation of the “The Scottish Play” could make him only the second person (after Kenneth Branagh with “Hamlet” in 1996) to win a nomination for adapting the Bard. This will make his fifth Adapted Screenplay nomination following “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000), “No Country For Old Men” – a Win (2007), “True Grit” (2010) and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” in 2018. Also previously nominated for Best Original Screenplay for “Fargo” – a Win (1996), “A Serious Man” (2009) and “Bridge of Spies” (2015), Best Director/Best Picture combos for “Fargo”, “No Country For Old Men” – Win/Win and “True Grit”, a Best Picture nomination for “A Serious Man” and two nominations for Best Editing (under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes) for “Fargo” and “No Country For Old Men”. If, as expected, he also gets a Directors Branch nod for “Macbeth”, this will be his 18th nomination overall.
DUNE (Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth based on the books by Frank Herbert) The enormous sigh of relief heard around the world and especially in Hollywood for HBO/ Warner’s major success with the 2021 adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune”, the greenlighting of a sequel, and the film’s almost certain avalanche of technical nominations may be enough to win it an adapted screenplay nod as well. This would be Eric Roth’s SIXTH Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay following his Oscar win for “Forrest Gump” (1994), and nominations for “The Insider” (1999), “Munich” (2005), “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008) and “A Star is Born” (2018). It would be Villeneuve’s third or fourth nomination depending on whether he gets a “Dune” nod from the Directors Branch. His previous nominations have been for Best Director (“Arrivals”) in 2016 and Best International Film (“Incendies”) in 2010. It would be Spaihts’ first nomination.
PASSING (Rebecca Hall) Like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Hall makes a seamless transition to writer/director adapting Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel. Oscar buzz for Ruth Negga in the Best Supporting Actress category may help put her in the final five. Her first nomination.