Daily Read (4/27/16)

A note – I’ll be traveling for the rest of the week, so Daily Read will probably be off until Monday. I’ll try to pop in if there’s any wildly exciting news.

Daisy Ridley will star in the adaptation of Alyson Richman’s WWII novel The Lost Wife.

Lifetime has ordered a supernatural drama pilot based on Aimee Friedman’s YA novel Sea Change, and also has an adaptation of I.W. Gregorio’s None of the Above (directed by Stephen Chbosky!) in development.

I don’t know anything about The Ice Beneath Her specifically, but adaptations of Swedish novels always get my attention.

Miramax has optioned Matthew Quick’s forthcoming novel The Reason You’re Alive. (Quick is the author of Silver Linings Playbook, which I somehow still haven’t seen/read, though I’ve read at least one of his other novels.)

Golden Globes Liveblog!

I just painted my nails, which was clearly a smart thing to do before lots of typing. But we’ll get underway shortly . . .

8:00: Here we go! Tina and Amy are delightful, of course. They’re already both meaner and funnier than Ricky Gervais ever was, SO. This is amazing.

8:09: Supporting Actor in a Movie goes to Christoph Waltz. Do you want me to list all the winners or just the book-related ones? Opinions?

8:11: I think we’re alternating TV and movie awards, for the moment anyway. TV/miniseries supporting actress goes to Maggie Smith! (No, Downton Abbey is not actually based on a book. But yay Dowager Countess!)

8:17: Ooh, best miniseries or TV movie! Please be The Hour . . . nope, Game Change, based on the book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. The authors are thanked in the speech. Nice job. And Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries goes to Julianne Moore for Game Change.

8:23: Catherine Zeta-Jones introed clips from Les Mis by singing “Do You Hear the People Sing?” . . . but to the tune of “The First Noel.” So. That happened.

8:30: All these clip sequences from the Best Picture nominees are making me remember that I meant to see the movies, so . . . good job?

8:32: Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama goes to Damian Lewis, for Homeland. VERY DESERVEDLY. Now something went totally wrong with the intro to the next award, but it’s Best TV Series – Drama and it goes to Homeland. Yay!

8:42: Oh hey, the real Tony Mendez is here introducing Argo! Awesome. I know I keep saying this, but I liked Argo SO MUCH. And I love that they thought to put that Golden Globes line in with the clips.

8:45: Best Original Score goes to Life of Pi! The bit they played was pretty. I suppose I have to see that movie, huh? I can’t get past the tiger, apparently. I’m sure it’s good!

8:47: And Best Original Song to Adele for “Skyfall”! She seems genuinely shocked. I think.

8:55: Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries goes to Kevin Costner for Hatfields & McCoys.

8:58: BILL CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!

8:59: Oh, he’s introducing Lincoln. Awesome.

9:02: And Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical goes to Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook! Wow. She’s having a great week. Good for her.

9:12: Supporting Actor in a TV Anything goes to Ed Harris for Game Change. Mandy Patinkin was robbed.

9:16: Supporting Actress in a Movie to Anne Hathaway for Les Mis. She seems a little more surprised than I would have expected. She’s naming her co-nominees, which is always nice. Her whole speech is quite good.

9:23: Best Screenplay is not divided into original and adapted here. It goes to Tarantino for Django Unchained.

9:26: They just introed Salmon Fishing in the Yemen so I thought to check – yup, based on a novel!

9:28: Don Cheadle just won Actor in a TV Series – Comedy or Musical while I was looking that up. For House of Lies.

9:35: Surprising no one, Amour takes the foreign film award.

9:35: Nathan Fillion and Lea Michele give the Best Actress in a TV Drama award to Claire Danes! Yay.

9:45: I am not a Sacha Baron Cohen fan. Oh, he’s giving Animated Film to Brave.

9:51: Best Actress in a TV Comedy goes to Lena Dunham for Girls. She’s quite overcome. Aww. So happy for her.

10:00: Robert Downey, Jr. gives a lifetime achievement award to Jodie Foster. I just perused IMDb and discovered that the only movie of hers I have ever seen is Anna and the King. Huh.

10:17: Ben Affleck wins Best Director for Argo! Take that, Oscars!

10:22: Best TV Series – Comedy or Musical goes to Girls! Not a surprise after Dunham’s other win.

10:31: Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical goes to Hugh Jackman for Les Mis! Related: I did not know Hyde Park on Hudson was a comedy.

10:41: Best Comedy or Musical goes to Les Miserables! Saddest comedy ever! No, I know it’s a musical.

10:48: Actress in a Drama to Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty! I love the color of her dress but the cut is . . . unfortunate.

10:51: And unsurprisingly, Actor in a Drama goes to Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln. He’s making Olympics jokes! Hee!

10:58: Last award of the night: Best Motion Picture – Drama to ARGO!!!!!!! I am shocked and delighted.

Top 5 Oscar Nominees All Adaptations

One thing I noticed when perusing the full list of Academy Award nominations is that the five movies nominated for the most awards are all adaptations. Lincoln (based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals) leads the pack with twelve, while Life of Pi (from the novel by Yann Martel) has eleven, Silver Linings Playbook (from the novel by Matthew Quick) has eight, and Argo (from the article by Joshuah Bearman, mostly) and Les Miserables (which is of course based on the stage play, but that’s based on Hugo’s novel) are both at seven. Interestingly, that list does not exactly match up with the Best Adapted Screenplay nominees, as Les Mis is not nominated there and Beasts of the Southern Wild is.

Speaking of, Beasts and Anna Karenina are the next most nominated adaptations with four each, while The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has three. The Avengers, Hitchcock, Kon-Tiki, and A Royal Affair each have one. And it’s possible I missed a few, especially among the shorts, which generally have less information readily available; this list was just based on my own quick research. If you know of others, please let me know!

Critics’ Choice Awards Liveblog

Ready for the Critics’ Choice Awards? Here we go!

8:02: Our host is Sam Rubin. Google tells me he works for ReelzChannel and KTLA.

8:05: Oh hi, Henry Cavill and Nina Dobrev! They are very pretty, and I love the blue of Nina’s dress. They give Best Acting Ensemble to Silver Linings Playbook, based on the novel by Matthew Quick. And Young Actor or Actress goes to Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild (based on the play by Lucy Alibar) and she is SO CUTE. Completely age-appropriate and reading her speech from an iPhone in a neon pink case. ADORABLE.

8:19: Best Actress in an Action Movie: Jennifer Lawrence for The Hunger Games. Actor: Daniel Craig for Skyfall. (Interesting case – the character is certainly based on books, even if not this particular plot.) And Best Action Movie: Skyfall. The award is being accepted by the CEO of MGM, which is . . . interesting, especially since some people who worked on the movie are in fact there.

8:29: Eddie Redmayne looks very spiffy and is presenting Best Supporting Actress to Anne Hathaway, his Les Mis costar, and it looks like he’s a little teary announced it. Aww. In her speech she calls them out for spelling her name wrong, which is AWESOME.

8:33: Octavia Spencer is sparkly in navy and gives Best Supporting Actor to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who is not there, for The Master. But the clips showed one of my favorite lines from Argo, so that’s something.

8:41: Emmy Rossum is GORGEOUS and has a beautiful flowy dress and is speaking French. She and Cory Monteith give the Foreign Language Film award to Amour.

8:51: Rebel Wilson is doing some sort of schtick and giving some sort of genius award to Judd Apatow and I’m not really sure what’s going on.

9:05: Ian Somerhalder and Jaime King don’t even do a bit. They quickly give Best Sci-Fi/Horror to Looper. Awards given earlier: Cinematography and Visual Effects to Life of Pi, Art Direction and Costume Design to Anna Karenina, Editing to Zero Dark Thirty, and Makeup to Cloud Atlas. Hey, all but one of those started as novels!

9:15: Eva Longoria and Paul Wesley, who are in an upcoming film together, are giving Best Actress in a Comedy to Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook. She’s having quite a night, and her speech is lovely. Actor goes to Bradley Cooper for the same. I think they’re playing some Beach Boys vocals? Is that in the movie? Interesting. On Russell: “He got all of us to be real, and to be real we had to be funny, too.” I like that. Best Comedy Movie, unsurprisingly, also goes to Silver Linings Playbook.

9:28: Apparently they let the public vote online for Favorite Film Franchise, and Twilight won. Okay. BUT OH HI, Ray Liotta! He gives Best Director to Ben Affleck for Argo! Affleck looks stunned, perhaps because of his Oscar nomination snub this morning. Will he mention that in his speech? HA. Yes, he starts with “I would like to thank the Academy,” then insists that this award is the one that counts. He does mention the real Tony Mendez, and they cut to someone in the audience who . . . might be him? I’m not sure.

9:34: Given earlier: Animated to Wreck-It Ralph, Documentary to Searching for Sugar Man, Original Screenplay to Django Unchained, and – here’s the one we’re concerned with – Adapted Screenplay to . . . Lincoln! Song to Skyfall and score to Lincoln.

9:39: Aw, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He’s one of several guys wearing dark gray. I approve. He gives Best Actress to Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty. I like that she’s wearing red, but her dress don’t look like it quite fits. You’re winning awards! Make them tailor your dress properly! She thanks the writer for giving her “a woman defined by herself, without a male counterpart.” Nice. And she gets teary thanking Kathryn Bigelow. Aww. NOW SHE IS QUOTING BRECHT. I’m officially on Team Chastain.

9:47: Melissa Leo, who is apparently in Flight, is here giving Best Actor. Apparently 8 of the 9 past winners have also won the Oscar! Daniel Day-Lewis wins for Lincoln.

9:54: Last award! Best Picture. Matthew McConaughey is presenting. And it’s . . . Argo! Yaaaaay! I really, really loved that movie. I am thrilled.

WGA Awards Nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay

The Writers Guild of America has announced their nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Silver Linings Playbook

In addition, Coma and Game Change are nominated for Long Form – Adapted. None of these nominees are particularly surprising, though it’s worth mentioning that Anna Karenina, among other Oscar contenders, was not eligible here. Deadline has some analysis of what this all means for the Oscars. It’s interesting to note that only three of the five Adapted Screenplay nominees were adapted from novels, and one (Perks) was adapted by the original author.

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