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OSCAR A publication of thewrap.com The Insiders Guide to All Things Oscars DIRECTORPICTURESCREENPLAYANIMATION DECEMBER 4, 2013 The Coen Brothers Beat Up a Folksinger SHIP SHAPE TOM HANKS, BARKHAD ABDI AND PAUL GREENGRASS MAKE WAVES WITH CAPTAIN PHILLIPS PLUS WORDS PICTURES Special Animation Section Writing Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave, Walter Mitty and more DIRECTORPICTURESCREENPLAYANIMATION THEWRAP.COM 1

Contents DirectorPictureScreenplayAnimation December 4, 2013 FEATURES COVER STORY 18 HIGHSEAS DRAMA How Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi brought a scary, reallife piracy adventure to the screen 24 ALL FOLKED UP With Inside Llewyn Davis, Ethan and Joel Coen turn their jaundiced vision to Greenwich Village circa 1961 28 20 YEARS TO DALLAS The story of a dying AIDSpill impresarios long road to the screenand likely to the Oscars 30 HOW TO WRITE A MOVIE From biopic to adaptation

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Awards Beat Those Darn Directors Last year, the AMPAS Directors Branch snubbed Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelowwould it dare be that cranky again BY STEVE POND I first visited the offices in the Academys Beverly Hills headquarters in early 1994, a week or two after the Northridge earthquake. Panels had fallen from the ceiling, the sprinkler system had gone off and caused water damage, and one closet was full of Oscars that had been returned for repairincluding Jack Nicholsons for One Flew Ove

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Front Center 13 24 Writing Directing by the Numbers 4 THE MOSTS William Wyler has the most Best Director nominations with , and John Ford has the most wins with . THE PICTUREDIRECTOR SPLIT films have won Best Picture without their directors being nominated Wings, Grand Hotel, Driving Miss Daisy and Argo. 12 4 writers are tied for the most writing Oscars, with each Woody Allen, Charles Brackett, Paddy Chayefsky, Francis Ford Coppola and Billy Wilder. 3 John Huston Prizzis Honor is the

Front Center We live On the Record Seen and heard at TheWraps Awards and Foreign Screening Series I felt like I was never going to get an atbat. Then I got the call, and it felt like it was the bottom of the 9th and we were down a run. BRUCE DERN, 77, ON HIS FADING PROSPECTS BEFORE NEBRASKA in a violent nation, and it doesnt take a Newtown or Aurora to understand that, said Cooper left, with Bale. Scott Cooper followed the crowdpleasing Crazy Heart with a dark, brutal look at todays Americ

A TRIUMPH FOR MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY. The best work of his career. BETSY SHARKEY A NEWLY MINTED AMERICAN CLASSIC. Flawless writing by Jeff Nichols. JOE MORGENSTERN MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY IS MAGNIFICENT. Toptier acting... his deeply felt scenes hit you like a shot in the heart. PETER TRAVERS DOWNLOAD THE SCREENPLAY AT www.roadsideawards.commudscreenplay

Front Center ROBERT REDFORD GIVES THE Labor Days PERFORMANCE OF HIS CAREER. It feels as if the accumulated wisdom of his years, and knowledge amassed in his many screen roles and filmmaking efforts, is contained in this one performance. CLAUDIA PUIG Reitman I had to really grow up as a director to make this movie. An action movie in the most profound and exalted sense of the term. A. O. SCOTT AMAZING... F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R AT I O N I N A L L CAT E G O R I E S I N C L U D I N G

ROBERT REDFORD GIVES THE PERFORMANCE OF HIS CAREER. It feels as if the accumulated wisdom of his years, and knowledge amassed in his many screen roles and filmmaking efforts, is contained in this one performance. CLAUDIA PUIG An action movie in the most profound and exalted sense of the term. A. O. SCOTT AMAZING... F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R AT I O N I N A L L CAT E G O R I E S I N C L U D I N G BEST PICTURE BEST ACTOR ROBERT REDFORD J.C. CHANDOR J.C. CHANDOR BEST DIRECTOR BEST ORIGINAL

Foreign Language BOTH SIDES NOW Just like the timing flukes that seem to happen regularly with Hollywood studios, this years Oscar foreignlanguage race has two films tackling the exact same subject The Israeli and Palestinian entries both deal with the complex relationship between an Israeli secret service agent and a Palestinian informant. Yuval Adlers Israeli film, Bethlehem, swept this years Ophir Awards with wins in six categories Omar comes from Palestinian director Hany AbuAssad, whose Pa

Whats Up Docs LIE STRONG scarwinning documentarian Alex Gibney has taken on the Catholic Church, Julian Assange and alQaeda in a prolific career of investigative filmmaking. But he nearly found himself taken in by the charismatic and complicated biking champion Lance Armstrong, who invited Gibney to film his triumphal return to racing in 2009. Gibney above shot an entire film about the return, only to learn that Armstrong had lied to him and the world about doping. So the filmmaker went back to

COVER STORY MAKING INTERVIEW BY SHARON WAXMAN PORTRAITS BY LAUREN DUKOFF WAVES C aptain Phillips, the true story of Richard Phillips abduction by pirates off the coast of East Africa, turned into the hardest project ever for director Paul Greengrass, who knows about challenging shoots. Filming on a gargantuan cargo ship and a claustrophobic rescue craft, Greengrass brought together reallife Somalis and the Oscarwinning Tom Hanks for gripping drama and bravura performances on the high seas. Th

All these complicated forces end up in an eyeballtoeyeball conversation between two guys under pressure. DIRECTORPICTURESCREENPLAYANIMATION THEWRAP.COM 19

Barkhad Abdi was a limo driver in Minneapolis when he heard about an audition for local Somali actors to play the four pirates who take over a cargo ship. Now hes got a Hollywood agent and is looking for more acting jobs. calling. There are many dangers. For this particular ship, it was piracy. I didnt want Johnny Depp. I wanted darker, I wanted the real world of it, to find out what thats about. Tom, what was the theme that you were looking for HANKS It ends up being an examination of the m

THE ANIMATION IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS and the visual gags come quick and fast. Best of all, its packed with as much heart as hahas. Stefan Kyriazis, STAR MAGAZINE UK BEST ANIMATED FEATURE CHRIS MELEDANDRI JANET HEALY Produced By For Your Consideration In All Categories Including Directed By CHRIS RENAUD PIERRE COFFIN universalpicturesawards.com 2013 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

film, for all sorts of reasons, The plan was that casting director Francine Maisler was going to try to find 30 or 40 people that Id then meet, and wed choose from them. But I remember her saying to me, because they were taping 800 people, so we could winnow it down, Youve gotta see these four guys. And they all came in together, and you could see that they were just fantastic. Just brilliant. Barkhad obviously as the leader just had real charisma and that mix of menace and humanity. You know

EXTRAORDINARY A SINGULAR TRUE STORY OF INCREDIBLE COURAGE WHEN IT COUNTS THE MOST. BRILLIANTLY ACTED AND DIRECTED. Pete Hammond, MOVIELINE Lone Survivor is actionpacked, unforgettable, tense and inspiring. THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY WAR FILM SINCE SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Bill Simmons, GRANTLAND FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION BEST PICTURE BEST DIRECTOR PETER BERG PETER BERG In All Categories Including BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Based on the Book Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson BASED O

FOLK IT UP THE COEN BROTHERS E than and Joel Coen are known for putting their characters through hell, and Inside Llewyn Davis is no exception. The chronicle of a sadsack folksinger trying to find a tenuous spot in the early 60s Greenwich Village scene revolves around a selfdestructive mope who cant catch a breakand who doesnt know that Bob Dylan is about to come along and utterly transform the folkmusic world. Drawing inspiration from folkie Dave Van Ronks posthumous 2005 memoir The Mayor of

ETHAN Really I dont remember that. JOEL It will sometimes just come like that. And sometimes its different. At one point I remember we were sitting around thinking we would never do a movie that starts by following someone down a long hallway, and little letters click on the screen that say CIA HEADQUARTERS, LANGLEY, VIRGINIA. Then we thought, well, shit, why not Lets do one of those. So thats how we started Burn After Reading. You came up with an idea of a movie you wouldnt do and then made the

Dallas NoBuyers Club BY LUCAS SHAW HOW, AFTER 20 YEARS, REWRITES AND CAST CHANGES, THE STORY OF AN AIDSSTRICKEN PILL IMPRESARIO FINALLY MADE IT TO THE SCREEN C raig Borten can rattle off the major actors and directors who were supposed to make Dallas Buyers Club like a gathering of old friends. Dennis Hopper agreed to direct it at one point. Woody Harrelson was going to star. Brad Pitt was attached when the project moved to Universal. Ryan Goslings name weaseled its way in at some point. But

Leto with McConaughey, at top, and the reallife Ron Woodroof, above. There was no better way to put Rons homophobia in place than to have him face a transgender person, said Borten. to put Rons homophobia in place than to have him face a transgender person. Borten said. We had so much fun with this relationship. Eventually, Jared Leto, whod put his acting career on hold to play in the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars, broke his sixyear hiatus to portray Rayon. The vividly drawn character came

Write a Movie 5 WAYS right, and below as Niki Lauda and Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt in Rush. Screenwriter Peter Morgan told Lauda, I guarantee you, if you allow us to do our job, you will be reappraised in a way that youre not being reappraised now. Daniel Brhl at to PETER MORGAN, RUSH BIOPIC Theres no blueprint for how to get it rightjust ask the men behind Rush, Nebraska, 12 Years a Slave, All Is Lost and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 30 THEWRAP.COM DECEMBER 4, 2013 AUTHOR PHOTO

who would later become Morgans wife, that the racing legend would probably have problems with his portrayal. I said, Here are the ground rules. Youre going to fucking hate what I write. You will only ever see the differences and not the similarities. It will be painful. But I guarantee you, if you allow us to do our job, you will be reappraised in a way that youre not being reappraised now. Its a painful journey to go on, but on balance I would go on it, because I can assure you that I dont have

Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave. You read that book, said screenwriter John Ridley of his source material, and you think, How did this ever fall out of the American canon Why is this not taught in schools JOHN RIDLEY, 12 YEARS A SLAVE ADAPTATION S teve McQueens 12 Years a Slave didnt begin life as the adaptation of an 1853 memoir by Solomon Northrup, a free black man whod been abducted and sold into slavery. It began as an original scriptbut when McQueen and writer Ridley werent happy w

F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R A T I O N PRODUCED BY J E N N I F E R D AV I S S O N K I L L O R A N LEONARDO DICAPRIO R YA N K A VA N A U G H RIDLEY SCOTT MICHAEL COSTIGAN BEST PICTURE BEST DIRECTOR SCOTT COOPER BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY BRAD INGELSBY and SCOTT COOPER GO TO THEWRAP.COM FOR AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SCOTT COOPER

STEVE CONRAD, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY CLASSIC ypically, adapting a literary classic involves lots of cutting. A writer needs to figure out what to includebut also, and at times more crucially, what to cut out, knowing that every lost character or scene will lead to cries of outrage from fans for whom the original material should remain inviolate. But that was hardly the task that Conrad faced with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The 1939 James Thurber story from which the film takes it

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Nicholson in the role, I would have rewritten it to be a character who talks to himself, All Is Lost writerdirector J.C. Chandor said. But Robert Redford could do just what I had on paper, without dialogue. If Id cast Jack J.C. CHANDOR, ALL IS LOST MINIMALISM he screenplay started with a letter, written by J.C. Chandor in longhand on a train, while he was editing his first film, Margin Call. Only 15 sentences long and a little more than 100 words, it was in the voice of an elderly man saying

F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R A T I O N Official Canadian Entry For the 86th Academy Awards BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM DELIGHTFUL Hollywood Reporter Variety GLOWING SCREENING Monday, December 9, 730PM Official AMPAS Foreign Language Film Committee, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., West Los Angeles Awards Office required viewing 212 206 0118 inforequiredviewing.net

SPECIAL ANIMATION SECTION Let There Be Life BY BRENT LANG The filmmakers behind this years animation frontrunners reveal how they turned rough sketches into threedimensional beauty FROZEN A magical queen uses her powers to coat the kingdom in ice and snow in Frozen, but creating the wintery backdrop to the fantasy tale required the Disney team to build new technology. In order to realistically depict the way that characters sink into snow while walking, or the manner in which the wind whips

THE CROODS To capture the prehistoric world of The Croods, codirectors Chris Sanders and Kirk De Micco took a preproduction excursion to Zion National Park. The rock formations they saw are reflected in the harsh landscape that surrounds the cave family at the heart of the story, and the wide vistas of westerns like Stagecoach also served as an important inspiration. The images here required not just a digital wizard but also artists to paint on details in the characters skin and the rugged jut

DESPICABLE ME 2 Offbeat Sunday comic strips like The Far Side, the macabre creatures that populate Charles Addams The Addams Family and the slapstick humor of Blake Edwards Pink Panther movies combine in the story of reformed supervillain Gru. But in this scene, the perfect line was improvised by actor Steve Carell. It comes as Gru is tucking his adopted daughter into bed and sighs that he never wants her to grow up. That provided an essential dose of realism to the fantastical surroundings. If

Miyazaki Goes Out in a Blaze of... Controversy The Wind Rises MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Director Dan Scanlon and his Pixar team visited schools like Princeton and Harvard to help them create a lush campus backdrop to the story of how 2001s Monsters, Inc. characters Mike and Sulley became best friends. Then they monsterized the setting by adding fangs and scales into the architecture. Scanlon said this pivotal scene, where the two meet for the first time, needed to be especially memorable. A typical

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EPIC Epic is an elaborate fantasy adventure that director Chris Wedge wanted to unfold with the propulsion and excitement of movies like Gladiator. I wanted the quick cuts, the kinetic pacing of a liveaction movie, he told TheWrap. I wanted it to seem more like that than animation. For this sequence, one in which the queen of the forest, Tara Beyonc Knowles, ventures into a field of lily pads to choose an heir to her throne, Wedge wanted to create an ecological paradise. We see the power of nat

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Weird Wonderful Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy An Animated Conversation With Noam Chomsky Storybook Ending Ernest Celestine M With handdrawn animation, even if you have a low budget, you can do epic film with drawings, director Benjamin Renner told TheWrap. B ig U.S.based studios like Pixar and DreamWorks Animation may dominate the animation world at the box office, but the Oscars have a tradition of nominating smaller European filmsincluding, in the last three years, a trio distributed by

For your consideration OFFICIAL SELECTION FROM GEORGIA FOR THE 86th ACADEMY AWARDS Best Foreign Language Film ...Built around radiant performances from its two young leads... a beautifully observed sliceoflife drama...An eyepleasing aesthetic for a classy and absorbing debut... Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter ...Absorbing and intelligently assembled... tourdeforce... Leslie Felperin, Variety ...a visibly potent package .. a bloom de nitely to be cherished... Jonathan Romney, Screen I

Mikey Glazers Party Report ON THE ROAD Honorary Oscars mix with Oscar hopefuls at the Governors Awards 1. Angelina Jolie, Maddox JoliePitt and Brad Pitt arrive at the Motion Picture Academys Governors Awards. 2. Best Actor rivals Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew McConaughey connect at the Governors Awards. 3. Two Lives actress Juliane Khler at TheWraps Screening Series presentation of Germanys official foreignlanguage entry. 4. Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac, T Bone Burnett and TheWraps Awards

Oscars Back Pages Disney receiving his Snow White Oscars from Shirley Temple, 1939. Academy cofounder Mary Pickford with Mickey Mouse during the planning of Disneys nevercompleted liveactionanimated hybrid version of Alice in Wonderland, 1933. Disney World M At the eighth Oscar ceremony, 1936. The Sherman brothers with Julie Andrews after winning Oscars for Mary Poppins, 1965. 50 THEWRAP.COM DECEMBER 4, 2013 ary Poppins, whose stormy genesis is chronicled in John Lee Hancocks Savin

O F F I C I A L F R E N C H S E L E CT I O N B E ST F O R E I G N L A N G UAG E F I L M FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION GORGEOUS. RENOIR is a reminder that in French cinema, female beauty is regarded as ageless. STEpHEN HOLdEN, A Film By GillES BOURDOS LUSH AND ENGAGING... RENOIR is classic French moviemaking with some modern twists. KENNETH TURAN, GORGEOUS beautiful and intelligently conceived. JOE MORGENSTERN, tO bEHOLD.

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