If you're both an avid reader and a committed movie buff, you can pass the time before the 89th Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 26 by dipping into the sources of the adapted screenplay nominees. But you won’t be reading any novels.
Two nonfiction books, two plays and one short story inspired the Oscar nominees for Adapted Screenplay: “Arrival,” “Fences,” “Hidden Figures,” “Lion” and “Moonlight.”
For the first time since 2013, none of the nominated screenplays this year is based on a novel. Here’s more about each of the nominees.
"Arrival" producer, Shawn Levy called in from the Upside Down while directing on the set of Netflix's "Stranger Things" to talk about the, ahem, arrival of the movie's many Oscar nominations.
This is a big day for “Arrival.” Did you see it coming?
It’s a good day! Given the ride we’ve been on since our festival premieres in the fall, we certainly hoped that it might all lead to a day like today. It was never something we contemplated over the past five years that it took to get this movie made, but seeing the reaction to our film, both commercially and critically, it definitely stoked the flames of hope. And today has us over the moon happy.
For director Michaël Dudok de Wit, seeing his film "The Red Turtle" get nominated for an Oscar for animated feature was a shock. "The competition was really strong," he said from his home in London. "I knew our film had a chance. It was unlike any of the other films. But many other films had a huge chance, I think. I was honestly quite nervous!
"On top of that, another French film was nominated, 'My Life as a Zucchini,' also handmade like our film. 'Kubo' was mostly handmade as well. I’m just delighted with all the nominees and of course, for our film and my team."
How did the project first come together, from such disparate cultural backgrounds and influences?
This year's diversity in Oscar nominations extended beyond actors and filmmakers to media platforms. Amazon, ESPN and Google are not names one normally associates with the Academy Awards but they may find themselves being thanked from the podium this year, and not just for gift cards in presenter swag bags.
Amazon dropped $10 million at Sundance last year for distribution rights to "Manchester by the Sea," an investment that certainly paid off -- on Tuesday, Amazon became the first streaming service ever to produce a film nominated for best picture.
Netflix, which tried to break through last year with "Beasts of No Nation," once again had a documentary nomination in Ava DuVernay's "13th," but "Manchester's" six nominations -- best picture, actor (Casey Affleck, who won the Golden Globe), actress (Michelle Williams), supporting actor (Lucas Hedges), director and original screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan) -- mark streaming's first foray into features.
Not to rain on the parade of this year's many highly worthy Oscar nominees, but the fact is, most of the best picture nominees have not been all that widely seen, at least by the standards of mainstream Hollywood blockbusters.
As of Tuesday morning, none of the nine films nominated for best picture has crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office – so far.
While that's not unprecedented, it's only the fifth time that's been the case in the past 20 years. (In 2009, the motion picture academy expanded the best picture race from five nominees to as many as 10, in large part to try to open the Oscars up to more broadly appealing films.)
Donna Gigliotti is no stranger to the Oscars. In addition to winning the best picture statue for 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love,” she also was nominated for 2008’s “The Reader” and 2012’s “Silver Linings Playbook.” As of Tuesday, she’s a four-time nominee, nabbing her latest honor for shepherding “Hidden Figures” to the screen.
Following the nomination announcements, Gigliotti hopped on a call with The Times to talk about the film, which recounts the black women behind many of NASA’s biggest missions, as well as diversity in the industry.
This is your fourth time at this thing. Does it feel different than the others?
Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared to be more interested today in Roger Federer's Australian Open performance than in his own Oscar nomination for the "Moana" original song "How Far You'll Go." He shared the details on Twitter.
The EGOT-hopeful was laser-focused on a tape-delayed Federer match when his agent John Buzzetti called with the news. A "very grateful" Miranda then shared it with his wife, Vanessa Nadal.
The night before finding out he’d been nominated for his first Oscar, actor Lucas Hedges took a red-eye flight from Los Angeles to New York. Even though his mom told him to sleep in, to take his mind off the upcoming news, Hedges was restless.
“Maybe my body knew. I woke up and I thought I’d check my phone, and immediately I got a call from my publicist,” he told The Times. “I jumped out of bed ran and screamed to my parents. My dad jumped out of the shower. … It was insane.”
“I grew up with the Oscars, and we had people over every year for the [ceremony]. It’s insane to be nominated,” he said again. “It doesn’t make any sense.”
"Manchester By The Sea" stars Kyle Chandler, Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck.
"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," which just crossed $1 billion at the global box office, pulled in two Oscar nods Tuesday morning, for visual effects and sound mixing.
On the one hand, that's three fewer than 2015's "The Force Awakens" earned last year – and eight fewer than the original 1977 "Star Wars" got. On the other hand, it's a better showing than the prequels "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith," which earned one nod apiece.
In a statement Tuesday, Industrial Light and Magic Chief Creative Officer John Knoll gave a nod to the hundreds of people who had worked on the film's visual effects.