The Netflix Original Movie Don’t look up scooped the award for Best Original Screenplay at the 74th Annual Writers Guild Awards. The Original Screenplay is one of the top two prizes a film can win at the WGA, along with the Adapted Screenplay, which went to Apple TV+. CODA. Don’t look up was an immediate hit for Netflix, landing the biggest week of views in Netflix’s platform history with 152 million hours of streaming. The Adam McKay-directed disaster film had an all-star lineup that included Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Rob Morgan, Cate Blanchett and Tyler Perry.
The WGA award for Don’t look up Sets him up perfectly for an Oscar win at the 94th Academy Awards later this week. It is currently up for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing. Ron Perlman, one of Don’t look uplambasted critics of the film in an interview with The Independent: “F*** you and your self-importance and this everlasting need to say all the bad things about something just so you can attract the watch out for something you had no idea you were creating… It’s corrupt. And it’s sick. And it’s twisted… (I) understand that’s part of how the internet has almost killed journalism. And now journalism is trying to do everything they can to co-opt and maintain their importance.”
The synopsis for Don’t look up reads: “Astronomy graduate student Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) and her professor, Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) make a startling discovery of a comet orbiting the solar system. The problem – c “is on a direct collision course with Earth. The other problem? No one really seems to care. It turns out that warning humanity of a planet-killer the size of Mount Everest is a awkward fact to navigate.With the help of Dr. Oglethorpe (Rob Morgan), Kate and Randall embark on a media tour that takes them from the office of an indifferent President Orlean (Meryl Streep) and his sycophant son and chief of staff. , Jason (Jonah Hill), on The Daily Rip, an upbeat morning show hosted by Brie (Cate Blanchett) and Jack (Tyler Perry).With only six months until the comet makes an impact, managing the cycle of 24 hour news and catch the attention of so media obsessed public cials before it’s too late turns out to be surprisingly comical – what will it take to get the world right looking?!”
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