The director of Darkest Hour, the film that earned Gary Oldman his first Academy Award, has sett his sights on another World War II story. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Joe Wright is in talks to direct an adaptation of Erik Larson’s In The Garden of Beasts, with Tom Hanks to produce.
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This nonfiction book tells the story of William Dodd, who served as the United States Ambassador to Germany during Hitler’s rise in the 1930s. The book also examines Dodd’s family, particularly his daughter Martha who had an affair with Gestapo head Rudolf Diels. Larson chronicles the Dodd family as they slowly begin to realize the horrors and brutality of Nazi Germany.
An adaptation of this novel had been shopped around Hollywood for a while. Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are set to produce the film through their Playtone production company. Though Hanks was rumored to star in the lead role at certain points, it is unknown if this will go ahead.
Despite the fact that they’re not a real life couple and Bradley Cooper is married, the duet between Cooper and Lady Gaga, stars of the most recent remake of A Star Is Born, was one of the steamiest, most romantic performances… ever?
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The duet, during which the pair sang Oscar-winning song Shallow, was performed in character (supposedly), with the pair reprising their roles as Jackson and Ally, and that got us thinking: what other fictional couples could give a killer rendition of this year’s most beloved song?
Edward Cullen and Bella Swan- Twilight
Okay, this may be too obvious, so we’re getting it out of the way first. Edward sings, Bella is obsessed with Debussy’s Claire de Lune which is a beautiful piano piece, and the lyrics to Shallow suit the pair of them down to the ground:
“Tell me somethin’, girl / Are you happy in this modern world? / Tell me something, boy / Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void?” I mean…
Oliver and Elio- Call Me By Your Name
As we all know, Call Me By Your Name was robbed of Best Picture and Best Actor and every other award it didn’t win at last year’s Oscars. The performances were so moving that if they didn’t win over the Academy then nothing was going to sway them, however… Oliver and Elio could give Jackson and Ally a run for their money any day and we think a little rendition of Shallow would have had the Academy calling their names!
Ariel and Prince Eric- The Little Mermaid
Ariel gave up her life in the ocean to pursue Eric, you best believe she’s far from the shallows now… Ariel is also partial to song-singing herself, so I’m sure she could get Eric involved since she’s made so many sacrifices for him. She fought against her family and all odds to be with him, hence
“Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us / We’re far from the shallow now” makes perfect sense.
Noah and Allie- The Notebook
Noah and Allie are one of the steamiest and ‘couple-goals’-inspiring unions in all of literature and cinema. Against all odds, they end up together, loving each other till the end. You know they could absolutely kill a rendition of Shallow. After all, “if you’re a bird, I’m a bird…” I’m not crying, you’re crying. Shut up.
The Oscars this year was filled with many noteworthy moments from Billy Porter’s glamorous, and androgynous tuxedo dress, to Lady Gaga’s and Rami Malek’s first Oscar wins. Literary lovers, specifically, watch for the screenplay adaptation of their favorite books! Let’s go through the rundown of winners and nominees. The lists below, and information below, were reported by Mixmag.
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – based on short stories by Joel and Ethan Coen
WINNER BlacKkKlansman – based on the book by Ron Stallworth
Can You Ever Forgive Me? – based on the book by Lee Israel
If Beale Street Could Talk – based on the book by James Baldwin
A Star Is Born – adapted from previous screenplays.
Spike Lee was nominated for six awards, and won Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman, his ever first Oscar. It’s also important to note that Black Panther was nominated for seven awards and won Best Costume Design Best Original Score and Best Production Design!
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Green Book‘s Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor, and the film itself won Best Original Screenplay, as well as Best Picture, out of five nominations. Here are the rest of the Best Original Screenplay nominees.
Best Original Screenplay
Green Book – WINNER
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Star of Meg Wolitzer adaptation The Wife, Glenn Close now holds the record for most Oscar nominations without a win, after losing out on Best Actress to Olivia Coleman.
Each year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites new members into its ranks, an honor extended to outstanding actors, directors, writers, composers, and others at all levels of the film production process. This year, a record-breaking 928 invitations were issued.
Game of Thrones stars Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Lena Heady (Cersei Lannister), and Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell) received invites, as did Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games, The Hate U Give) and Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings).
On the writing side, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was invited. Her screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them made her eligible where the film adaptations of her books did not.
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In the announcement, the Academy was eager to point out the increasing diversity of their membership. Members of the Academy get to vote for Oscar winners each year.
Okay, so I know the National Book Awards are basically the Oscars of book world (at least in the USA), but I decided to do my own Book-Oscar nominations to coincide with the real Oscar nominations because I like my own opinions better than other people’s and I have definitely read every single book on this list, yes siree, you betcha. Enjoy these opinions that are mine.