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.
J. McVay presents his ‘Films of the Decade’ list. Plus some favorite 1st Person segments and BTR Live Studios performances. And we hear a couple of artists J interviewed earlier this year. | listen