I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.
On Sunday, Gillian Flynn did not win the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay. Not a big deal, as there were only five GG screenplay nominees. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association lumps adapted and original works into one category.
Never fear, she was nominated for a BAFTA, and the big prize - the Academy Award nominations - were due this morning. But Flynn is not nominated for an Oscar. Only one novel adaptation made the cut, Pynchon's "Inherent Vice," adapted by Paul Thomas Anderson. No women screenwriters are nominated, and no novelist adapting his or her own work - as Flynn would have been - is nominated either.
Not only are all of the nominated screenwriters male, virtually all of the nominated screenplays' stories are basically male. "The Theory of Everything" is based on Stephen Hawking's ex-wife's memoir, and she plays a major role in the film, but let's face it, she's not the famous one precipitating this film. And, to add insult to injury, one of the "adapted" screenplays is in the adapted category because it's based on itself: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2015/01/06/whiplash-best-screenplay-controversy/.
C'mon Academy, women are making strong statements in the art. Recognize it.
A BAFTA would be a nice consolation prize.
Remember: Always read the book first.