Oscars 2022: Best Adapted Scenario Predictions

A field crowded with writers, including several newcomers, will compete for five slots. (Constantly updated.)

As usual, the candidates for the Adapted Screenplay category are a diverse group, with films of all shapes and sizes adapted from plays, novels, memoirs, or an earlier film. And there are a lot of them in a crowded field this year.

From theater to cinema

Among the theatrical adaptations, the authors have the advantage over the voters of the Academy. Two are collaborations between husbands and wives. At the request of his wife Frances McDormand, solo director Joel Coen gave his own version of Shakespeare’s Scottish play, “The Macbeth Tragedy” (December 25, F24) and chose three-time Oscar winner McDormand as the role by Lady Macbeth. The film received kudos at the opening of the New York Film Festival. Also on the fall festival circuit, Joe Wright’s period romance “Cyrano” (December 25, MGM) was adapted by Erica Schmidt from her musical theater adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic play, which featured Also featured her husband, Peter Dinklage, opposite Wright’s wife, Haley Bennett. like Roxanne.

A pre-war duplex is a main character in writer-director Stephen Karam’s screen adaptation of his hit Broadway play “The Humans” (November 24, F24), which brings together an unhappy family for Thanksgiving. . The film marked optimistic reviews of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Lin-Manuel Miranda makes his feature film directorial debut with Steven Levenson’s screen adaptation of Jonathan Larsen’s semi-autobiographical musical, “Tick, Tick… ​​Boom!” which opens AFI Fest on November 10 before hitting theaters on November 12 and Netflix on November 19. Andrew Garfield plays the role of a young composer linked to Broadway.

Avoiding festivals is “West Side Story”. Steven Spielberg’s frequent collaborator, Oscar nominee Tony Kushner (“Lincoln” and “Munich”) returned to the original 1957 Broadway musical for this update, which has the approval of the “West Side” lyricist. Story “Stephen Sondheim, who was eclipsed by composer Leonard Bernstein when Robert Wise’s film version was released in 1961.

“The power of the dog”


Book adaptations

While David Lynch and Alejandro Jodorowsky may have been defeated by big-screen adaptations of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel “Dune” (October 22, Warner Bros./HBO Max), the nominated Canadian author at the Oscars Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”) seized the opportunity to bring his trademark visual panache to the sci-fi epic, which will take place in two parts. The first part was written by director Eric Roth and Jon Spaihts. Oscar Isaac’s Duke Leto Atreides and Rebecca Ferguson’s Lady Jessica travel with their son Paul (Timothée Chalamet) to the dangerous desert planet Arrakis, which supplies the universe with the precious blend of spices. After pandemic delays, the film played fall festivals with good reviews and performed well at the global box office.

Actress-turned-director Rebecca Hall’s “Passing” (October 29, Netflix) debuted at Sundance and was successfully relaunched at the New York Film Festival, which the rookie adapted from Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel Harlem on two. childhood friends reconnecting. One (Tessa Thompson) lives in Harlem; the other (Ruth Negga) passes for white. Netflix will develop word of mouth via theatrical screening in several cities before “Passing” airs on the streamer on November 10.

For her directorial debut, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal adapted Italian novelist Elena Ferrante’s “The Lost Girl” about a teacher (Olivia Colman) on vacation in Greece who reflects on her painful experience raising young girls. . After breaking out in Telluride, “The Lost Daughter” hits theaters on December 17th and will be available on Netflix on December 31st.

Also from Netflix, Jane Campion’s staunch adaptation of Thomas Savage’s 1967 noir western novel “The Power of the Dog” stars Benedict Cumberbatch as snarling breeder Phil Burbank, who mercilessly undermines the new bride. (Kirsten Dunst) by her brother George (Jesse Plemons). After making its rave debut at fall festivals, the film hits theaters on November 19 before airing on December 1.

"The last duel"

“The last duel”

20th century workshops

If Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were hoping to re-release their Oscar-winning early career script “Good Will Hunting” with the script for Ridley Scott’s medieval rape drama “The Last Duel” (in which they star), they will likely be disappointed. . Their bizarre feminist triptych, adapted with Oscar-nominated Nicole Holofcener (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) From Eric Jager’s book, has received better reviews than the box office and is most likely to appear in the Oscar race in craft categories. , with an outside blow to a nomination for the Jodie Comer breakout.

Ignoring the festival route, the Ridley Scott family drama “House of Gucci,” adapted by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Becky Johnston (“The Prince of the Tides”) and Roberto Bentivegna from Sara Gay Forden’s 2000 bestseller “House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamor and Greed, ”stars Lady Gaga as a woman who marries into the wealthy fashion family, but comes to despise her new relationships.

Rooney Mara and Bradley Cooper in the movie NIGHTMARE ALLEY.  Photo by Kerry Hayes.  © 2021 20th Century Studios All rights reserved

Rooney Mara and Bradley Cooper, “The Alley of Nightmares”

Kerry Hayes

On their way to a December 17th release, Guillermo del Toro and writer Kim Morgan adapted “Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight) from a 1946 William Lindsay Gresham novel into a con-man story starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

The August release of “CODA” (Apple TV +) debuted at Sundance, which director Sian Heder adapted from the French film “La Famille Bélier” by Victoria Bedos and Stanislas Carré de Malberg. a New England fishing village.

As always, films viewed by the Academy’s screenwriters branch will have the edge.

The candidates are listed in alphabetical order. No movie that I haven’t seen will be considered a favorite.

PASSAGE - (LR) RUTH NEGGA as CLARE and TESSA THOMPSON as IRENE.  Creation: Netflix © 2021

“Who passed”


Jane Campion (“The Power of the Dog”)
Joel Coen (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Lost Girl”)
Rebecca Hall (“Passage”)
Sian Heder (“CODA”)

Guillermo del Toro and Kim Morgan (“Alley of Nightmares”)
Rebecca Johnston and Roberto Bentivegna (“House of Gucci”)
Tony Kushner (“West Side Story”)
Steven Levenson (“Tic, Tic, Boom”)

Distant shots
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Nicole Holofcener (“The Last Duel”)
Stephen Karam (“The Humans”)
Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts and Denis Villeneuve (“Dune”)
Erica Schmidt (“Cyrano”)

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