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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay (Updated: August 8)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay (Updated: August 8)
At the 2019 Academy Awards, “BlacKkKlansman” director Spike Lee shared in the win for Best Adapted Screenplay for bringing Ron Stallworth‘s memoir of the same name to the screen. This award, which dates back to the first Oscars in 1928, has gone to only a dozen adaptations of such books. Five more of those non-fiction books adaptations were also winners in this decade: “The Social Network” (2011), “Argo” (2012), “12 Years a Slave” (2013) and “The Imitation Game” (2014) and “The Big Short” (2015). (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Adapted Screenplay and be sure to check out our predictions for Best Original Screenplay.)

Over the 91-year history of this award, novels have been the primary source material. Works of fiction have been the basis of 47 of the winners of this race over the years. The most recent of these was in 2018 when James Ivory won for his adaptation of André Aciman
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William Wyler movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Best Years of Our Lives,’ ‘Ben-Hur,’ ‘Funny Girl’

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William Wyler movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Best Years of Our Lives,’ ‘Ben-Hur,’ ‘Funny Girl’
William Wyler would’ve celebrated his 117th birthday on July 1, 2019. The three-time Oscar winner crafted several classics during Hollywood’s Golden Age, adapting his style to a wide variety of genres. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1902 in Germany, Wyler immigrated to the U.S. when his cousin, Universal Studios chief Carl Laemmle, hired him as an errand boy. He quickly moved up the ranks, directing shorts during the silent era before transitioning into features. It was with the advent of sound that he hit his stride, displaying an ear for dialogue that would serve him well in lofty literary adaptations produced by his longtime partner, independent mogul Samuel Goldwyn.

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Wyler quickly became an Oscar mainstay, earning a record-breaking 12 nominations for Best Director: “Dodsworth
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William Wyler movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best

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William Wyler movies: 20 greatest films ranked worst to best
William Wyler would’ve celebrated his 117th birthday on July 1, 2019. The three-time Oscar winner crafted several classics during Hollywood’s Golden Age, adapting his style to a wide variety of genres. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1902 in Germany, Wyler immigrated to the U.S. when his cousin, Universal Studios chief Carl Laemmle, hired him as an errand boy. He quickly moved up the ranks, directing shorts during the silent era before transitioning into features. It was with the advent of sound that he hit his stride, displaying an ear for dialogue that would serve him well in lofty literary adaptations produced by his longtime partner, independent mogul Samuel Goldwyn.

Wyler quickly became an Oscar mainstay, earning a record-breaking 12 nominations for Best Director: “Dodsworth” (1936), “Wuthering Heights” (1939), “The Letter” (1940), “The Little Foxes” (1941), “Mrs. Miniver” (1942), “The Best Years of Our Lives
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Happy Mother’s Day: 18 greatest Oscar-winning mom performances, ranked worst to best

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Happy Mother’s Day: 18 greatest Oscar-winning mom performances, ranked worst to best
Happy Mother’s Day! What better way to spend time with your mom than a fantastic movie with an Oscar-winning performance. Tour our photo gallery above of the 18 greatest of these films, ranked worst to best. All of them feature winning roles by actresses who play mothers that were pivotal to the plot.

Though there are thousands of these types of films, these performances show a wide array of what it means to be a mother. There’s the courageous mother, the inspirational mom, the loving mother and even the monstrous mother. Lead and supporting actresses include Brie Larson, Shirley MacLaine, Frances McDormand, Brie Larson, Allison Janney, Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Joan Crawford and more.

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18. The Fighter (2010)

On her second Oscar nomination, Melissa Leo took home the Best Supporting Actress prize for her portrayal of the real-life Alice Eklund-Ward,
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Alfonso Cuaron becomes 92nd Best Director winner, joining Guillermo Del Toro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and…

Alfonso Cuaron becomes 92nd Best Director winner, joining Guillermo Del Toro, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg and…
Alfonso Cuaron just added another Best Director Oscar to his shelf with his victory for “Roma,” a personal story about growing up in Mexico City in the 1970s. The win came just five years after his first one for “Gravity” (2013). He became the 92nd person in history to clinch that prize, beating out Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Favourite”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), Adam McKay (“Vice”), and Pawel Pawlikowski (“Cold War”). Tour our photo gallery above of every Academy Award winner for Best Director, from the most recent winner to the very first one.

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At the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1927, two awards were given for directing: one for comedy (Lewis Milestone for “Two Arabian Nights”), the other for drama (Frank Borzage for “7th Heaven”). The next year, only one prize was given.

Since 1927, only 21 directors have won this category more than once.
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Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Wins Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay

Spike Lee’s ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Wins Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay
At long last, Spike Lee finally has his Oscar. The writer and director of “BlacKkKlansman” took home the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Sunday night, marking the beloved filmmaker’s first Oscar win. The movie was nominated for six awards at the 2019 ceremony; three of those nods go directly to Lee, as the film was up for Best Picture and Best Director. Adam Driver was also up for Best Supporting Actor.

After vigorously embracing presenting Samuel L. Jackson in his vibrant purple suit, Lee got political in his acceptance speech: “The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize, let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right the thing! You Know I had to get that in there.”

Based on a true story, “BlacKkKlansman” tells the story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington
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How many times have both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress gone to the same film at the Oscars?

How many times have both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress gone to the same film at the Oscars?
Two films in contention at this year’s Oscars earned nominations for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress: “The Favourite” (twice) and “Roma.” How likely is it that both women from the same film will win Academy Awards on Feb. 24? In the 82 years since the supporting awards were introduced at the 9th Oscars, 10 films could boast victories in both these races.

Fay Bainter and Bette Davis for “Jezebel” – 1939

Hattie McDaniel and Vivien Leigh for “Gone With the Wind” – 1940

Teresa Wright and Greer Garson for “Mrs. Miniver” – 1942

Kim Hunter and Vivien Leigh for “A Streetcar Named Desire” – 1952

Patty Duke and Anne Bancroft for “The Miracle Worker” – 1963

Sandy Dennis and Elizabeth Taylor for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” – 1967

Beatrice Straight and Faye Dunaway for “Network” – 1977

Olympia Dukakis and Cher for “Moonstruck” – 1988

Anna Paquin and Holly Hunter for “The Piano” in 1994

Judi Dench and Gwyneth Paltrow for “Shakespeare in Love” – 1999

While
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Oscar power couple: Christian Bale and Amy Adams make history with their 3rd set of nominations together

Oscar power couple: Christian Bale and Amy Adams make history with their 3rd set of nominations together
Hepburn and Tracy. Loy and Powell. Garson and Pidgeon. They’re all iconic movie duos, and it’s time to add another: Bale and Adams. With three films together, Christian Bale and Amy Adams‘ joint filmography is much smaller than Myrna Loy and William Powell‘s 14, but Bale and Adams have done something none of any of these pairs have: They’ve received Oscar nominations for all three of their movies together so far.

Bale and Adams picked up Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress nominations Tuesday for “Vice.” This follows a Best Supporting Actor win for him and a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her for “The Fighter” (2010) and matching lead nominations for “American Hustle” ( 2013).

Before the Bale-Adams hat trick of nominations, no pair of co-stars had been nominated for the same film more than twice. Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon made eight pictures together, but were only jointly
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Oscars: 'The Favourite' Could Make History Thanks to Its Trio of Female Stars

Oscars: 'The Favourite' Could Make History Thanks to Its Trio of Female Stars
Virtually every usually-reliable indicator suggests that all of the women at the center of The FavouriteOlivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz — will receive Oscar nominations on Jan. 22. Should that happen, Yorgos Lanthimos' period dramedy will become only the 19th film in history to produce three or more female acting noms.

The prior titles to achieve this feat, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Margaret Herrick Library confirms, span from Gone With the Wind (1939) through The Help (2011). In between there were The Little Foxes (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), The Song of Bernadette (1943), Mildred Pierce (1945), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), I Remember Mama (1948), Come ...
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Will ‘The Favourite’ become the 11th film to win Oscars for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress?

Will ‘The Favourite’ become the 11th film to win Oscars for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress?
Since the supporting acting awards were introduced at the 9th Oscars in 1936, only 10 films have bragging rights to wins for both their leading ladies and a featured actress. “The Favourite” could well become the 11th to do so. Olivia Colman is locked in a tight race for Best Actress with Lady Gaga (“A Star is Born”) and Glenn Close (“The Wife”). And two past Oscar winners — Emma Stone (“La La Land”) and Rachel Weisz (“The Constant Gardener”) — are in strong contention for Best Supporting Actress.

As with “The Favourite,” both the first and last films to win both these Oscars were period pieces. Just two years after the academy began rewarding supporting performances, Fay Bainter reaped nominations in both categories. While she lost her Best Actress bid for “White Banners” to her “Jezebel” co-star Bette Davis, she won Best Supporting Actress for playing Davis’ on-screen nemesis.

The most recent double
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Oscar Flashback: The four films that won four of the Big Five, including ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘American Beauty’

Oscar Flashback: The four films that won four of the Big Five, including ‘Gone with the Wind,’ ‘American Beauty’
This article marks Part 5 of the Gold Derby series reflecting on films that contended for the Big Five Oscars – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted). With “A Star Is Born” this year on the cusp of joining this exclusive group of Oscar favorites, join us as we look back at the 43 extraordinary pictures that earned Academy Awards nominations in each of the Big Five categories, including the following four films that scored a quartet of trophies among the top races.

At the 12th Academy Awards ceremony, this was no stopping Victor Fleming’s blockbuster epic “Gone with the Wind” (1939). With a total of 13 nominations, the most of any film that year, it was the overwhelming favorite for Oscar glory and indeed, on the big night, the picture took home eight prizes, including Best Picture. Fleming, in his lone career Oscar bid, prevailed in Best Director,
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‘A Star Is Born’ and Lady Gaga could end 14-year Oscar drought of Best Picture and Actress matching wins

‘A Star Is Born’ and Lady Gaga could end 14-year Oscar drought of Best Picture and Actress matching wins
Will the third time be the charm? For the past two years, we were thisclose to having the Best Picture and Best Actress Oscars go to the same film for the first time since “Million Dollar Baby” (2004). Emma Stone took home Best Actress for “La La Land” (2016) and we all know what happened after that. Frances McDormand cruised to her second Best Actress statuette for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (2017), but her divisive film, which was predicted to win (oops), fell to “The Shape of Water.” And now “A Star Is Born” and Lady Gaga are the odds-on favorites to prevail, which would only be the 12th time ever that Best Picture and Best Actress lined up.

It might be hard to believe, but Picture-Actress matchups were more common in the early days of the Oscars than Picture-Actor; there were four Picture-Actress overlaps to one for Actor before the latter started dominating.
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Political Pleasures in Potter’s The Farmer’s Daughter (1947) | Blu-ray Review

Few of director H.C. Potter’s films seem to have endured the tests of time, at least as far as influence. Despite having directed several notable stars through the 1940s and 50s, many of these light comedies or frivolous biopics, unless one is fans of a matinee idol starring in his work, his name doesn’t conjure the same enthusiasm as several of his peers. Notably, he directed Greer Garson in the sequel to her Oscar winning Mrs. Miniver with 1950’s The Miniver Story, and he has a pair of Cary Grant titles worth recuperating (Mr.…
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Nicole Kidman and Steve Carell could make Oscar history with double nominations

Nicole Kidman and Steve Carell could make Oscar history with double nominations
Since the introduction of the supporting categories at the 9th Oscar ceremony, 11 performers have contended in both acting categories in the same year, with seven of them prevailing in one of their races. At the 2019 Academy Awards, Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and Oscar nominee Steve Carell are hoping to make history and join this exclusive roster of double nominees.

Kidman has earned rave reviews for her turns in “Destroyer” and “Boy Erased.” The former finds her portraying a troubled Los Angeles detective, determined to bring down an old nemesis, while the latter has Kidman in a supporting turn, portraying the mother of a young man (Lucas Hedges) who is pressured into enrolling in a gay conversion therapy program. Kidman has previous Oscar nominations for “Moulin Rouge!” (2001); “The Hours” (2002); “Rabbit Hole” (2010); and “Lion” (2016), winning for “The Hours.”

Also coming on strong this Oscar season is Carell, whose lone nomination to date came for “Foxcatcher” (2014). This year,
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‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Won’t Be a Blockbuster, But It’s Rewriting Movie Sequel History

‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Won’t Be a Blockbuster, But It’s Rewriting Movie Sequel History
Like almost every other movie this summer, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” is a sequel. However, it bears little resemblance to the onslaught of overgrown lizards, animated families, and Marvel brethren; it cost much less, and will gross much less. But what really sets “Soldado” apart is it was never meant to happen.

Sequels are as old as the movies. Comedy silent shorts often built on a continuing set of characters. Rudolph Valentino followed “The Sheik” with the even-bigger “Son of the Sheik.” Douglas Fairbanks went from “The Mark of Zorro” to “Don Q, Son of Zorro.”

In the early decades of sound, studios nurtured franchises that included The Thin Man (six titles), the Hardy Family (16 titles), Dr. Kildare and Ma and Pa Kettle (10 titles). Rarely, studios struck twice on a major success: 1944 Best Picture winner “Going My Way” immediately spawned the even-better “Bells of St. Mary’s,” and 1942 winner “Mrs. Miniver
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Angela Lansbury: Will ‘Little Women’ win her that Emmy after a record 18 losses?

Angela Lansbury: Will ‘Little Women’ win her that Emmy after a record 18 losses?
Angela Lansbury has lost a record 18 races for acting at the Emmy Awards. But the TV academy has a chance to finally right that egregious wrong this year. In the recent TV adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic “Little Women,” Dame Angela shone in the scene-stealing role of Aunt March, the grande dame of the family. Acclaimed character actresses Edna May Oliver, Lucile Watson and Mary Wickes made much of this role in the 1933, 1949 and 1994 film versions as did Oscar winner Greer Garson (“Mrs. Miniver”) in the 1978 telefilm.

The pedigree of this remake of “Little Women” could done much to help Lansbury’s likelihood of winning. It is a BBC/PBS co-production and was presented stateside under the “Masterpiece” umbrella. The adaptation is by Heidi Thomas (“Call The Midwife”) while Vanessa Caswill (Thirteen”) handles the helming.

Lansbury lost every one of her record 12 consecutive Drama Actress bids for “Murder, She Wrote
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Mother’s Day: Top 18 best Oscar-winning mom performances ranked, including Shirley MacLaine, Brie Larson

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Mother’s Day: Top 18 best Oscar-winning mom performances ranked, including Shirley MacLaine, Brie Larson
How would you like to spend a special Mother’s Day with your Mom? Here’s a suggestion — why not sit down for a couple of hours and watch one of these movies that’s all about mothers, both terrific and horrible? Our ranked photo gallery above includes many fine suggestions, all of which feature an Oscar-winning performance by an actress who plays a mother where that role was pivotal to the plot.

Though there are thousands of films in which one character happens to be a mother, you won’t find them all on this list. Besides the fact that these 18 films contain a maternal performance that won an Academy Award, they show a wide array of what it means to be a mother. There’s the courageous mother, the inspirational mom, the loving mother and even the monstrous mother. Lead and supporting actresses include Shirley MacLaine, Frances McDormand,
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Agnès Varda could become 13th person (and first woman!) to win honorary and competitive Oscars in the same year

Agnès Varda could become 13th person (and first woman!) to win honorary and competitive Oscars in the same year
If Agnes Varda wins the Best Documentary Feature Oscar for “Faces Places” on Sunday night, she will become just the 13th person, and the first woman, to take home a competitive Oscar and an honorary award in the same year. This would be in addition to setting the record, at age 89, as the oldest person to win a competitive Oscar.

The French/Belgian filmmaker is already the 31st person to receive an Oscar nomination and an honorary award in the same year. If she wins, she would join a list that includes some of the titans of the film industry. While she would be the 13th person to accomplish this, it would actually be the 15th time that this has occurred, since Walt Disney did it three times. Listed below are the other instances where a person claimed competitive and honorary wins within the same year.

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Oscars flashback: Birthday girl Jennifer Jones (‘The Song of Bernadette’) wins Best Actress [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Birthday girl Jennifer Jones (‘The Song of Bernadette’) wins Best Actress [Watch]
There have been 342 Oscars given out to actors, but only one of them has won on their birthday. Jennifer Jones scored Best Actress for “The Song of Bernadette” on her 25th birthday at the 16th ceremony on March 2, 1944.

Jones received the award from reigning champ Greer Garson (“Mrs. Miniver”), which you can watch in the academy’s recap video above. It was the actress’ only win from five nominations, but none of the other ceremonies fell on her birthday.

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Several people have won close to their birthdays: Marie Dressler (1930’s “Min and Bill”), Peter Ustinov (1960’s “Spartacus”), Holly Hunter (1993’s “The Piano”) and Lupita Nyong’o (2013’s “12 Years a Slave”) all got a belated birthday gift from the academy the next day. Dianne Wiest (1994’s “Bullets Over Broadway”) received an early birthday present, winning her second Best Supporting Actress
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When co-stars collide at Oscars: Does one win or do they split the vote? Sam Rockwell, pay attention!

When co-stars collide at Oscars: Does one win or do they split the vote? Sam Rockwell, pay attention!
It’s the dream of most actors and actresses to receive an Oscar nomination and, if they’re lucky, to win. But what happens when you’re up against a co-star from the same movie? Does one triumph or do they split the vote? Click through our photo gallery above of all the times this has happened throughout Academy Awards history.

Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson both scored Best Supporting Actor nominations for their work in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” It has been 26 years since Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley were both nominated for “Bugsy” (1991). Unfortunately for the duo they split their support and Jack Palance won for “City Slickers,” ironically a former victim of vote-splitting against his “Shane” co-star Brandon De Wilde (they lost to Frank Sinatra, “From Here to Eternity”).

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