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  • FreemanGriffin
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    adapted from a short play? Shouldn’t it be in the Adapted Screenplay category?

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    Alex Meyer
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    I believe the play was never officially published. The King’s Speech was also based on a play, but because that play was never published, it competed in the Original Screenplay. I think to compete in the Adapted Screenplay category, the film must acknowledge the source material in the credits.

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    This is a tricky question. Yes, it is technically an adaptation, but by the Academy’s rules, it has to be a significant-enough adaptation of a produced work to be considered for “Adapted Screenplay”. Moonlight’s source material was never formally published when Jenkins came across it. Because it was never published, the playwright is being given a “Story by” credit as it was a piece of material he developed and that Jenkins turned into a finished credit, which is cool because Mr. McCraney can now become a much-deserved Oscar nominee.

    The line between original and adapted has always been kind-of thin. Let’s look at history:

    * The biggest contradiction to Moonlight’s ruling is perhaps a bit out-dated. Back in 1943, Casablanca, also an adaptation of a differently-named unproduced play, won that year’s equivalent of Best Adapted Screenplay.

    * Sequels are now considered adaptations even if based on original material, ala Before Sunrise, Toy Story 3 and Before Midnight. To me, this is ridiculous, because it’s not adapting anything…it’s just continuing that original story.

    * Whiplash got an Adapted Screenplay nomination because it was considered an adaptation of the Sundance-released short film, which was, in fact, an adaptation of the original screenplay.

    * Syriana got an Original Screenplay nomination despite earning WGA and USC scripter nods for Adapted Script and being based on a book by George Clooney’s character. The reason, if I remember correctly, was that it was a loose-enough adaptation to be considered an original work…but whatever, I still don’t get it…

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    Sequels being seen as adapted is based on the fact you can only be a virgin once. So once you’re an established entity everything else afterwards is adapting ideas from a previously produced source for a new movie.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    So it will definitely be in the Original Screenplay and competing with Manchester by the Sea and La La land – CROWDED category!!!

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    Sequels being seen as adapted is based on the fact you can only be a virgin once. So once you’re an established entity everything else afterwards is adapting ideas from a previously produced source for a new movie.

    This is still a relatively new distinction, because THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS (sequel to the Oscar-nominated DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE) was nominated in the Original Screenplay category as recently as 2003.

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    Sequels being seen as adapted is based on the fact you can only be a virgin once. So once you’re an established entity everything else afterwards is adapting ideas from a previously produced source for a new movie.

    This is still a relatively new distinction, because THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS (sequel to the Oscar-nominated DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN EMPIRE) was nominated in the Original Screenplay category as recently as 2003.

    Any chance that they forgot it was a sequel? Lol

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