In the category for Best Adapted Screenplay, we have the true story of a man with his arm stuck under a rock; the semi-true story of the startup of a popular social networking site; the conclusion of a popular Pixar franchise; the second adaptation of a Charles Portis novel about a drunkard sheriff and an adaptation of a novel about a tough, independent female taking care of her family in a poor area.
The nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay are:
“127 Hours” – Screenplay by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” by Aron Ralston
“The Social Network” – Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, based on the novel, “The Accidental Billionaires,” by Ben Mezrich
“Toy Story 3” – Screenplay by Michael Arndt, story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
“True Grit” – Written for the screen by Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Charles Portis
“Winter’s Bone” – Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell
My prediction: I loved all of these movies, but there is no doubt that Sorkin will win for “The Social Network.” The dialogue is witty, sharp and intelligent. Instead of turning the story into a typical story about the startup of Facebook, Sorkin turned it into a social commentary on today’s youth and how it has become so addicted to technology – mainly social networking. The film is about greed, corruption, betrayal, seclusion and much more. There is hardly any talk about Facebook and absolutely no talk popular games, apps, etc.
Prediction: Aaron Sorkin – “The Social Network”
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will air Sunday, February 27 on ABC (KRCR channel 7 in Chico)
“The Social Network,” “Toy Story 3” and “Winter’s Bone” are now available on DVD/Blu-ray. Click here to find the nearest Redbox in Chico.
“127 Hours” is currently playing at Paradise Cinema 7 in Paradise and will be available on DVD/Blu-ray on March 1, 2011. Click here to pre-order your copy from Amazon.
“True Grit” is currently playing at Cinemark 14 in Chico.
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