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The Academy Ensures Diversity with Gemma Chan, Gillian Flynn, Winston Duke and Letitia Wright Among New Inductees

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its list of invitees for 2019. The list seems more women and people of color included than ever before, many of them tied to recent book adaptations.

After the “Oscars So White” controversy of 2016, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is stepping up and becoming more inclusive by inviting more women and people of color. Finally they are paying respect to some incredibly talented people in the film industry, many of whom have been ignored for years.

 

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The official release opens up with the statistical difference this year’s new members make. “The 2019 class is 50% women, 29% people of color, and represents 59 countries.” Looking through the list you’ll notice a number of these invitees were a part of the two most talked about adaptations of 2018 – Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians, two films that were praised not only as fantastic films and adaptations but also for the impact they have on an industry that has been so lacking in diversity.

 

 

Crazy Rich Asians helped actress Gemma Chan attained an invite, as well as director Jonathan M. Chu

 

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Sterling K. Brown, Winston Duke, and Letitia Wright from Black Panther earned invites of their own, along with make-up artist Tym Shutchai Buacharern, and visual effects artist Jessica Harris.

 

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Many more have been included, such as actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Suicide Squad) and cinematographer Autumn Durald Arkapaw (The Sun Is Also A Star), and author of Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn.

 

Gillian Flynn | Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau

 

 

 

With so many other amazing novels and series out there just waiting to be adapted for the big screen, more roles and opportunities for women and people of color are sure to be created!

 

James Ellroy, Author of ‘L.A Confidential’ Had Some Harsh Words About the Film

James Ellroy, author of the bestselling 1990 noir novel L.A. Confidentialhas a few harsh words to say about the novel’s 1997 film adaptation, which starred Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, and Kevin Spacey. This was surprising, considering the film won numerous Oscars, including Best Picture and currently has a 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But James Ellroy made it clear in his panel during the weekend of the Hay Festival, according to The Guardianthat he did not care for it.

He said the novel was as ‘deep as tortilla’, while also noting he did not care for the the majority of the performances and even considered that the plot itself made no sense. He thought the action lacked a soul, focused on action and spectacle as opposed to the deeper significance he gave the book. He did, however, like the money he was given to the rights to the book, noting it was a gift he never had to give back.

 

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James Ellroy hasn’t shied from controversy before, expressing the belief that Citizen Kane is a sh*tty film and expressing disinterest in any events after 1972, preferring immensely to write about the period before that. He refused to answer questions at the end of the panel about ‘contemporary issues’. Either way, this showcases that no matter how good or popular your movie is, the author may not like it.

What are your thoughts on this? Tell us in the comments!

 

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Tom Hanks to Produce ‘In the Garden of Beasts’ Adaptation

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.

Some of Joe Wright’s other film hit adaptations include Pride and Prejudice, Atonement and Anna Karenina.

 

 

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Ryan Gosling as Noah and Rachel McAdams as Allie in The Notebook, kissing and spinning around

4 Fictional Couples We Want to See Perform ‘Shallow’

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 

 

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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
Timothee Chalamet as Elio touches Armie Hammer as Oliver affectionately in Call Me By Your Name
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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
Prince Eric leaning on table gazing lovingly at Ariel
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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
Ryan Gosling as Noah and Rachel McAdams as Allie in The Notebook, kissing and spinning around
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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.

Book Adaptation Wins and Snubs at the Oscars

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

 

The Favourite

First Reformed

Green Book – WINNER

Roma

Vice

 

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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.

 

 

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