‘BlacKKKlansman’ takes home the win for Best Adapted Screenplay in 91st Oscars but its contenders are definitely neck in neck with the controversial movie.
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen)
‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ is an amazing anthology of short films that interconnect with each other. Although it’s hard to figure it out at first, you’ll soon realize it as the stories move forward. It starts off like any other normal film but the entirety consists of six short films that take place in a 19th century post-Civil War era during the settling of the Old West. As typical of films with the same theme, it’s usually linked with treachery, murder, and a lot of hullabaloos that scream wild, wild west.
BlacKKKlansman (Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee)
Ron Stallworth is the first African-American cop in the Colorado Springs Police Department in the early 1970s. With racism running rampant during the period, Stallworth has it hard proving himself to most of the people he’s working with in the police force. This forces him to take matters into his own hands and to redeem himself, he goes undercover along with Flip Zimmerman, a Jewish cop, to expose a hate-mongering group known as KKK.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)
What would you do if you were broke and literally have nothing to scrape by the day? Well, you won’t be forging letters, I’m sure. Apparently, Lee Israel doesn’t seem to mind. The year is 1990 and Lee, an author who desperately strives to keep her life on track after a series of misfortunes, decides that the only way to keep her life afloat and her bank account stable is to forge and sell letters supposedly written by famous authors. Everything is well at the beginning; until it isn’t.
If Beale Street Could Talk (Written for the screen by Barry Jenkins)
It’s 1970, Tish and Fanny are absolutely head over heels in love. Their romance strives even on tough times but it all falls apart when Fanny is wrongfully accused of sexual assault. Desperate to keep the father of her unborn child out of prison, Tish asks her family for help during the trying time. With their support as well as her persistence, they try to secure Fanny’s freedom.
A Star is Born (Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters)
This is the kind of love story that will move you. ‘A Star is Born’ is a greatly themed movie about romance and music. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will wow you with their stellar performance as Jackson Maine, a famous rockstar, and Ally, an aspiring singer-songwriter. It mostly follows the story of Ally who is just brimmed with musical talent. She is, one day, discovered by Jackson Maine, a rather popular rock star during the time. Jackson then urges Ally to pursue her passion. Eventually, her career blossoms, as well as her romance with Jackson. Along the way, Jackson threatens the core of their relationship due to his being an alcoholic, also while being jealous of her flourishing career.
Among all these nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay in 91st Oscars, it is a great honor for ‘BlackKklansman’ to grab the title. Paperclips Magazine congratulates the cast and crew behind the great movie. You are worth it!