Best Adapted Screenplay

Premiere DateMar 7, 2019
00:00 Show Opening
01:13 Episode Intro (music: Hey! Yeah! by Deer Tick)
05:16 ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ by The Coen Brothers
08:11 Old Lady Deer Tick
11:50 ‘A Star is Born’ by Alexander Edwards & ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ by James Baldwin
17:09 Memphis Chair Deer Tick
19:12 ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’ by Lee Israel
23:43 Strange Awful Feeling Deer Tick
26:12 ‘Black Klansman’ by Ron Stallworth
30:06 Doomed From the Start Deer Tick
32:37 Outro Promo
33:07 Finish

The 91st Academy Awards gave way to a wide-range of writing when it came to the Adapted Screenplay category. A string of western frontier short-stories; A Hollywood remake of a remake of a book of a remake; One of America’s greatest novelists; A Memoir of admitted plagiarism; And a story too strange to be fiction. We look into the books that inspired the Screenplays and answer why ‘A Star Is Born’ should not have even been there, and why ‘Black Klansman’ won.

The books discussed in today’s episode are:


1. ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ by The Coen Brothers

2. ‘A Star is Born’ by Alexander Edwards

3. ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ by James Baldwin

4. ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me’ by Lee Israel

5. ‘Black Klansman’ by Ron Stallworth

Book Covers provided by the author’s representatives.

Kory French is the Founder and Principal of Emily Consulting, a consulting company that leads start-up and early-stage companies in everything from concept development to strategic planning to scaling and exit…

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