Who doesn’t love a good story? F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I’ll tell you a story.” Thanks to this year’s Academy-Award-nominated storytellers, I couldn’t leave my aforementioned chair! Look at where their words have taken us this past cinematic year. We’ve traveled from Hollywood to Iran, visited a Louisiana swampland, set a tragic sail to Canada in a drifting lifeboat, lived through the Civil War and witnessed freedom for all slaves, including, on a different date, one by the name of Django. We’ve walked the Eagles-loving streets of Philadelphia, found true Amour at the end of a long life, took to the sky with an intoxicated pilot and headed toward the dark of night (and found Bin Laden).
While they can’t all collect an award, they can all revel in the well-deserved accolades.
In the category of Original Screenplay, we have Michael Haneke, who wrote about the ultimate test of Amour. Then there’s Quentin Tarantino, whose words gave freedom to Django Unchained. John Gatins’ dialogue took Denzel Washington to a toxic Flight while Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola’s story brought out the stars residing within the Moonrise Kingdom. Finally, Mark Boal created a script that illuminated Zero Dark Thirty. Which story was the most innovative?
In the category of Adapted Screenplay, Chris Terrio found the right blend of Hollywood and politics in Argo, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin calmed the Beasts of the Southern Wild, David Magee made the Life of Pi sail in a turbulent world as Tony Kushner bequeathed Lincoln with a hard-won legacy. David O. Russell, meanwhile, found the fundamental rules in the Silver Linings Playbook, taking that story beyond the printed page. Who told the best rendition?
The next stop on our storytelling journey will be to the Dolby Theater on February 24th.
Hope you pull up to that imaginative abyss in the comfiest chair!