The competition for adapted screenplay is just as stiff as it is on the original front.
Here’s an alphabetical look at 5 ADAPTATIONS in the mix:
- THE FATHER (Sony Classics): The screenplay by Christopher Hampton & Florian Zeller (from his play) centers on an aging man — potential best actor nom Anthony Hopkins. Hampton won adapted screenplay Oscar & WGA in 1989 for DANGEROUS LIASIONS.
- MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (Netflix): Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s screenplay about the “Mother of the Blues” should benefit from tremendous lead actor support for the late Chadwick Boseman.
- NEWS OF THE WORLD (Universal): In this post-Civil War screenplay by Luke Davies & director Paul Greengrass (pictured) a young girl taken by Indians is returned home by a traveling news teller (Tom Hanks). It should benefit from having best picture & actor potential.
- NOMADLAND (Searchlight): Director Chloe Zhao’s screenplay about a woman’s nomadic journey through the American West should benefit from being a best picture frontrunner.
- ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI (Amazon): Kemp Powers’ screenplay about 4 civil rights icons in 1964 should benefit from having strong best picture potential.