Universal Pictures has made the screenplay for its Oscar-contender “Steve Jobs” available online. Click here to read the whole thing. Written by Aaron Sorkin based on the biography of the same name by Walter Isaacson, the script is one of the film’s strongest Oscar hopes, leading the field for Best Adapted Screenplay with odds of 23/10 based on strong support from our Experts, Gold Derby Editors, Top 24 Users (who scored highest predicting last year’s nominations), and All Users.
The sheer length of the screenplay is telling of how dialogue-driven the film is. The usual rule of thumb is that one page roughly translates to one minute on-screen, but the script for the 122-minute film is a whopping 190-pages long.
Sorkin’s signature style is evident, as it has been throughout his career. He’s one of the most recognizable writers in Hollywood, and one of the most honored. His first major plaudits were for TV, where he created “The West Wing” and won six Emmys in four years (2000-2003) as a writer and producer.
Though he wrote the celebrated films “A Few Good Men” and “The American President” in the 1990s, he didn’t receive his first Oscar nom until 2010, when he won for his adapted screenplay for “The Social Network.” He received a second nomination in that category for “Moneyball” in 2011. He also penned “Charlie Wilson’s War” in 2007, which makes “Steve Jobs” his fourth straight nonfiction film adaptation.
Nonfiction has had a strong track record in the Adapted Screenplay race in recent years, winning the last three in a row: “Argo” (2012) based on a Wired article; “12 Years a Slave” (2013), based on Solomon Northup‘s memoir; and “The Imitation Game” (2014), based on a biography of scientist Alan Turing.
Will Sorkin repeat? Read the script and decide for yourself. And make your Oscar predictions above or below beginning with that category and you could earn a place of honor on our leaderboard and a starring role in next year’s Top 24 Users (the two dozen folks who do the best predicting this year’s Oscar nominations).
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