Could Spike Lee win his first Oscar? Read our predictions here.
All this weekend leading up to the 91st Annual Academy Awards looking at each category and diving into who may take home the Oscar. Today we’re looking at the Best Adapted Screenplay category. We’ll explain what the category means and who the frontrunner is as of now.
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Best Adapted Screenplay award is given to a film that was adapted from some other source material. Usually based on a book, but a sequel, remake, or comic book film can also fall into this category. The award then goes to the screenwriters who wrote the script for the film. This year the nominees are, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel & Ethan Coen), BlacKkKlansman (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty), If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins), and A Star is Born (Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters).
There’s no big surprises here, but as of now the front runner has got to be BlacKkKlansman. It’s a powerful and timely film, and if Spike Lee wins, it’ll be his first Oscar win. He’s nominated three times this year for Director, Picture, and Adapted Screenplay, having only been nominated twice before. (Once for the screenplay for Do the Right Thing, and once for the Documentary 4 Little Girls.) While he deserves all three of these nominations, and it’d be amazing to see him win all three, there’s a good chance that the Academy will give him the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay.
There’s a slight chance that Barry Jenkins could steal it for If Beale Street Could Talk, but it feels much more likely that Lee wins this. Beale Street is an amazing film, and deserved a lot more nominations than it received. But it’s likely that the Academy didn’t care because of the film’s message. The idea of hope in times of turmoil in the life of the black community. The Academy is mostly made of old white men, and because of that, there’s a lot of powerful and amazing films by Black men and women that have been ignored over the years. (re: #OscarsSoWhite) Hopefully that will change in the future, but as of now, the Academy still has a long way to go.
So as of now here’s the final word:
Best Adapted Screenplay: BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel & Kevin Willmott.