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‘The Big Short’ wins the Oscar for adapted screenplay

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay win the adapted screenplay Oscar for "The Big Short."

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay win the adapted screenplay Oscar for “The Big Short.”

(Associated Press)

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay won the Academy Award for their adapted screenplay of “The Big Short” on Sunday. The dark comedy about the financial crisis of 2008 is based on Michael Lewis’ book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.”

The movie was the latest successful adaptation of a Lewis work. His books about sports, “Moneyball” and “The Blind Side” were both critical and commercial hits. The choice of McKay, best known as the director of such broad comedies as “Anchorman” and “Stepbrothers” to adapt “The Big Short” was something of a surprise.

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In his acceptance speech, McKay referenced the current political campaign, telling the audience if they didn’t want big banks to “take away your money” don’t vote for candidates who are backed by big money.

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Randolph and McKay have been on a roll the past few weeks winning the BAFTA, the Writers Guild Award and the USC Libraries Scripter Award for their screenplay.

Vying with “The Big Short” in the adapted screenplay category were “Brooklyn,” “Carol,” “The Martian” and “Room.”

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“The Big Short” is nominated for four more Academy Awards: best picture, director for McKay, supporting actor for Christian Bale and film editing for Hank Corwin.

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