Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller won an Oscar in the “Best Adapted Screenplay” category for their work in Anthony Hopkins-starrer The father, at the 93rd Academy Awards. The film had won six 2021 Oscar nominations in March, including “Best Picture,” “Best Supporting Actress” for Colman and “Best Actor” for Hopkins and “Best Adapted Screenplay.” Anthony Hopkins also joined the winners of the 2021 Oscars, the actor having won the award for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” for the same film.
“The Father” wins the prize for best screenplay
The Oscar for “Best Adapted Screenplay” is the award for best screenplay adapted from already established material such as novels, plays or even sequels. The father is a dramatic film co-written and directed by Florian Zeller, in his directorial debut, based on his 2012 play The father. As the film won the Adapted Screenplay Award, they faced off against: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman and Lee Kern for Borat Post Moviefilm, Kemp Powers for A night In Miami …, Ramin Bahrani for The White Tiger and Chloé Zhao for Nomadic country. Emerald Fennell won the award for “Best Original Screenplay” for Promising young woman.
The father is a moving film about an old man with dementia who no longer understands the world because of his condition. A film’s emotional roller coaster stars Anthony Hopkins as the protagonist who interacts with his daughter Anne, played by Olivia Colman, and other characters who give him conflicting accounts of the past and present. Like Anthony, the audience must solve the puzzle of what is real and who to believe the truth.
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Besides Hopkins and Colman, the film also stars actors Mark Gatiss, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell and Olivia Williams. The film was to critical acclaim, which praised the performances of Hopkins and Colman, and its portrayal of dementia. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020 and is set to be released in the UK on June 11, 2021 by Lionsgate.
In addition to the Oscar victory, The father was also nominated for the 2021 Golden Globe Awards. The film received four nominations, including “Best Picture – Drama”. The father also received six 2021 BAFTA nominations, winning the “Best Adapted Screenplay” and “Best Actor” awards for Hopkins. Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman were also nominated for “Best Actor” and “Best Supporting Actress” at the 2021 SAG Awards.
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