2016 Oscars Challenge: [10] “Brooklyn” – Best Adapted Screenplay

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BROOKLYN
Screenplay by Nick Hornby
Based on “Brooklyn” by Colm Tóibín


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FILM SYNOPSIS: In 1952, Eilis Lacey leaves Ireland to immigrate to Brooklyn, where she has a better chance of finding work. Crushed by homesickness, Eilis finds her spirits lifted by an Italian-American suitor with whom she falls in love. When she must return to Ireland, Eilis is courted by a hometown boy and finds herself torn between two countries and the two men who love her.


Nick Hornby is considered an Academy favorite, first with an Academy Award nomination for his work on “An Education,” which was also an Academy favorite, and then just missing a nomination last year for his work on “Wild,” which was only honored with acting nominations. This year, Hornby likely sneaks in to the Best Adapted Screenplay category, delivering a sweet and nicely paced period romantic comedy about a young woman battling with an inner conflicting of life and love in America or life and love in her homeland of Ireland, based on the 2009 Irish novel of the same name, “Brooklyn.” The writing is played out nicely on screen, with some great actors and actresses bringing the words and actions to life, but it’s the air of reality and events unfolding as if in real life that keeps this screenplay interesting from start to finish.

What’s its competition? As was with the “Room” in the Adapted Screenplay category, “Brooklyn” faces an uphill battle as “The Martian” and “The Big Short” (as well as “Room”) all have the corresponding Best Picture nod to go along with their screenplay nomination. Add to that the fact that “The Big Short” has been climbing as a favorite to win, it places “Brooklyn” at a slight disadvantage. Going hand-in-hand with “Room,” as far as the Best Actress in a Leading Role nomination and Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, it will likely be battling out against “Room,” rather than battling out against any of the bigger competitors.

Previous nominations? This is the second Academy Award nomination for Nick Hornby. He was previously nominated for:

  • AN EDUCATION (2009)
    Nominee, Writing (Adapted)

“Brooklyn” (2015) Trailer:


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// Produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey //Directed by John Crowley //
// Dated Viewed: Friday, January 22nd, 2016 // AMC CITYWALK //  32 films – 38 days //

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