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WRAP THE The Insiders Guide to All Things Oscars DIRECTORPICTURESCREENPLAY ISSUE DECEMBER 3, 2012 Covering Hollywood a publication of thewrap.com oscarwrap Impossible Tasks Adapting Life of Pi Les Miz on Screen Joe Wrights Gamble BEN AFFLECK AND CHRIS TERRIO ON HOW TO MIX HOLLYWOOD JOKES WITH MIDDLEEAST TENSION PLUS The Women in Charge and the Guys Who Changed the Oscar Rules TEAM ARGO

BEST ORIGINAL SONG Still Dream Performed by Rene Fleming Music by Alexandre Desplat Lyrics by David LindsayAbaire Time to close your eyes, Overlook the darkness And try to dream tonight Not so long ago Your world was bright So, take a breath and count to ten, And maybe you can dream again Still dream, and all the wonder that you knew Will all come flying back to you If you remember all the hope you left behind Open up your heart and change your mind Oh what youll find if you still dream... Fly

F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R A T I O N THIS IS A MOVIE THAT SHOULD BE CELEBRATED BY ALL WHO LOVE MOVIES, PERIOD. EPIC AND MAGISTERIAL. A MOVIE SO RICH IN LUSHLY CINEMATIC IMAGES CHRISTOPHER NOLAN IS AN INNATELY GIFTED VISUAL STORYTELLER , UNERRING IN HIS SENSE OF CAMERA ANGLE, DISTANCE FROM THE SUBJECT AND CLEARLY DELINEATED PLANS OF ACTION. EMMA THOMAS CHRISTOPHER NOL AN BEST PICTURE CHARLES ROVEN CHRISTOPHER NOL AN BEST DIRECTOR THE DARK KNIGHT RISES STIRS AND MOVES

F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R A T I O N THIS IS A MOVIE THAT SHOULD BE CELEBRATED BY ALL WHO LOVE MOVIES, PERIOD. EPIC AND MAGISTERIAL. A MOVIE SO RICH IN LUSHLY CINEMATIC IMAGES CHRISTOPHER NOLAN IS AN INNATELY GIFTED VISUAL STORYTELLER , UNERRING IN HIS SENSE OF CAMERA ANGLE, DISTANCE FROM THE SUBJECT AND CLEARLY DELINEATED PLANS OF ACTION. EMMA THOMAS CHRISTOPHER NOL AN BEST PICTURE CHARLES ROVEN CHRISTOPHER NOL AN BEST DIRECTOR THE DARK KNIGHT RISES STIRS AND MOVES

CONTENTS 6 Theyre Baaaack This years Best Director lineup is chock full of past winners 8 The New Rules How Steve James and Cristian Mungiu embarrassed the Academy into making changes 14 The Love Guru Michael Hanekes Amour is dark, unsparing and a sure nominee 18 Script to Screen With Argo Ben Affleck and Chris Terrio explain the craft behind an awards frontrunner 22 Russian Roulette Joe Wright took big chances with Anna Karenina 24 Just Like a Woman Conversations with the female producers behin

CONTENTS 6 Theyre Baaaack This years Best Director lineup is chock full of past winners 8 The New Rules How Steve James and Cristian Mungiu embarrassed the Academy into making changes 14 The Love Guru Michael Hanekes Amour is dark, unsparing and a sure nominee 18 Script to Screen With Argo Ben Affleck and Chris Terrio explain the craft behind an awards frontrunner 22 Russian Roulette Joe Wright took big chances with Anna Karenina 24 Just Like a Woman Conversations with the female producers behin

AWARDS BEAT THE BEST REVIEWED ANIMATED FILM OF THE YEAR THIS IS THE YEARS MOST INVENTIVE, ENDEARING ANIMATED FEATURE. RICHARD CORLISS I TIME Steve Pond, Awards Editor Newcomers Beware I Seldom in Oscar history have so many past winners been competing in the Best Director race By Steve Pond The full list, with past Best Director winners in boldface 1 Ben Affleck, Argo 2 Steven Spielberg, Lincoln 3 Tom Hooper, Les Miserables 4 David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook 5 Ang Lee, Life of Pi 6 P

AWARDS BEAT THE BEST REVIEWED ANIMATED FILM OF THE YEAR THIS IS THE YEARS MOST INVENTIVE, ENDEARING ANIMATED FEATURE. RICHARD CORLISS I TIME Steve Pond, Awards Editor Newcomers Beware I Seldom in Oscar history have so many past winners been competing in the Best Director race By Steve Pond The full list, with past Best Director winners in boldface 1 Ben Affleck, Argo 2 Steven Spielberg, Lincoln 3 Tom Hooper, Les Miserables 4 David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook 5 Ang Lee, Life of Pi 6 P

FRONT CENTER The Guys Who Changed the Rules Steve James and Cristian Mungiu dont have much in common, but they had a profound impact on how a couple of Oscars are given out By Steve Pond O ne is from Chicago, one from a small town in Romania one has made more than a dozen documentaries, the other only two narrative features. But Steve James the Chicago documentarian and Cristian Mungiu the Romanian narrative filmmaker have one big thing in common Both directed movies that caused profound ch

FRONT CENTER The Guys Who Changed the Rules Steve James and Cristian Mungiu dont have much in common, but they had a profound impact on how a couple of Oscars are given out By Steve Pond O ne is from Chicago, one from a small town in Romania one has made more than a dozen documentaries, the other only two narrative features. But Steve James the Chicago documentarian and Cristian Mungiu the Romanian narrative filmmaker have one big thing in common Both directed movies that caused profound ch

FRONT CENTER mother sits next to her daughter, whos had four concussions playing soccer, and says that she doesnt want the girl to stop playing. Yeah. On one hand you can say, What are you doing Your daughters had four concussions already, and youre still letting her play, and youre counting on her to tell you if she gets a fifth concussion But if you love the sport and your kid loves the sport and you see what they get from it, its harder. I feel for the toughness of that decision. The Nationa

FRONT CENTER mother sits next to her daughter, whos had four concussions playing soccer, and says that she doesnt want the girl to stop playing. Yeah. On one hand you can say, What are you doing Your daughters had four concussions already, and youre still letting her play, and youre counting on her to tell you if she gets a fifth concussion But if you love the sport and your kid loves the sport and you see what they get from it, its harder. I feel for the toughness of that decision. The Nationa

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT Director Michael Haneke on the tough, unforgettable Amour Love and Death O ut of the 71 films submitted in the Oscar foreignlanguage category this year, Michael Hanekes Amour is without much doubt the surest nominee. An austere, unflinching, deeply moving chronicle of an elderly couple, Georges and Anne French acting icons JeanLouis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, coping with the aftermath of a stroke that disables one of them, Amour won the Palme dOr at this years Can

FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT Director Michael Haneke on the tough, unforgettable Amour Love and Death O ut of the 71 films submitted in the Oscar foreignlanguage category this year, Michael Hanekes Amour is without much doubt the surest nominee. An austere, unflinching, deeply moving chronicle of an elderly couple, Georges and Anne French acting icons JeanLouis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, coping with the aftermath of a stroke that disables one of them, Amour won the Palme dOr at this years Can

PARTY PEOPLE 1. Amy Adams at the 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards sponsored by Fuji Water. 2. Jack Black at TheWraps screening of Bernie. 3. Ethan Hawke at the Gotham Awards. 4. Gothams winner Benh Zeitlin. 5. Joachim Lafosse at the TheWraps presentation of Our Children. 6. Gael Garcia Bernal, Edward Norton and Diego Luna at the Baja International Film Festival. 7. David O. Russell, Bruce Cohen and Chris Tucker at the Weinstein Companys Los Angeles screening of Silver Linings Playbook.

PARTY PEOPLE 1. Amy Adams at the 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards sponsored by Fuji Water. 2. Jack Black at TheWraps screening of Bernie. 3. Ethan Hawke at the Gotham Awards. 4. Gothams winner Benh Zeitlin. 5. Joachim Lafosse at the TheWraps presentation of Our Children. 6. Gael Garcia Bernal, Edward Norton and Diego Luna at the Baja International Film Festival. 7. David O. Russell, Bruce Cohen and Chris Tucker at the Weinstein Companys Los Angeles screening of Silver Linings Playbook.

Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck at the Casa del Mar Hotel, Santa Monica ERGO ARG 16 THEWRAP.COM DECEMBER 3, 2012 Argo director Ben Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio combined humor with heartthumping adventure for their tale of six Americans escape from Iran By Steve Pond Photographed by J. R. Mankoff A 1. PROLOGUE Argo has been one of the presumptive leaders in the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay races since its unveiling at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals

Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck at the Casa del Mar Hotel, Santa Monica ERGO ARG 16 THEWRAP.COM DECEMBER 3, 2012 Argo director Ben Affleck and screenwriter Chris Terrio combined humor with heartthumping adventure for their tale of six Americans escape from Iran By Steve Pond Photographed by J. R. Mankoff A 1. PROLOGUE Argo has been one of the presumptive leaders in the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay races since its unveiling at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals

BEN AFFLECK Part of it was political context, but the directorial part of it was completely different. We had multiple tones in the movie, including this quasicomic aspect, and the idea was to try to fuse those tones. It was done so deftly on the page that I didnt even notice but when I went to direct it I was worried. I wanted to foreshadow to the audience that, yes, theres going to be drama and tension and lifeanddeath stakes, but also theres this other aspect to it. Theres also the storytelli

BEN AFFLECK Part of it was political context, but the directorial part of it was completely different. We had multiple tones in the movie, including this quasicomic aspect, and the idea was to try to fuse those tones. It was done so deftly on the page that I didnt even notice but when I went to direct it I was worried. I wanted to foreshadow to the audience that, yes, theres going to be drama and tension and lifeanddeath stakes, but also theres this other aspect to it. Theres also the storytelli

Little one Sometimes healing comes from the most unexpected place From the Director of the Oscar nominated film Yesterday, Darrell James Roodt brings a story about hope and redemption TORNOTO FILM FESTIVAL 2011 DISCOVERY ROTTERDAM FILM FESTIVAL 2012 SPECTRUM PALM SPRINGS INTL FILM FESTIVAL WORLD CINEMA LOS ANGELES INTL FILM FESTIVAL INTL SHOWCASE ASIAN CROSSROADS 2012 2012 INTL FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE 2012 FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Inspired by true life even

Little one Sometimes healing comes from the most unexpected place From the Director of the Oscar nominated film Yesterday, Darrell James Roodt brings a story about hope and redemption TORNOTO FILM FESTIVAL 2011 DISCOVERY ROTTERDAM FILM FESTIVAL 2012 SPECTRUM PALM SPRINGS INTL FILM FESTIVAL WORLD CINEMA LOS ANGELES INTL FILM FESTIVAL INTL SHOWCASE ASIAN CROSSROADS 2012 2012 INTL FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE 2012 FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Inspired by true life even

Not Your Average Joe If you want another typical costume drama, dont look to Anna Karenina director Joe Wright By Sharon Waxman Photographed by Remy Haynes as more of a ballet with words. Its a choreography within the dance screens and dialogue scenes. Where is that line between choreography and blocking The way we use our bodies is always meaningful. Im interested in pushing actors past the accepted, preconceived ideas of what good acting is toward something that is possibly more expressive and

Not Your Average Joe If you want another typical costume drama, dont look to Anna Karenina director Joe Wright By Sharon Waxman Photographed by Remy Haynes as more of a ballet with words. Its a choreography within the dance screens and dialogue scenes. Where is that line between choreography and blocking The way we use our bodies is always meaningful. Im interested in pushing actors past the accepted, preconceived ideas of what good acting is toward something that is possibly more expressive and

WOMEN IN CHARGE n Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein RISE UP Left Hayward with Cameron Mackintosh on set Below Director Tom Hooper between takes From a bigbudget musical to an epic animated adventure to a small independent movie that fought for its audience, women producers made an indelible mark on the movies of 2012 IMAGES COURTESY UNIVERSAL PICTURES about whether we lose songs, keep songs, add songs. Then Tom came on board and said, I have to do this live its the only way. Did you thi

WOMEN IN CHARGE n Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein RISE UP Left Hayward with Cameron Mackintosh on set Below Director Tom Hooper between takes From a bigbudget musical to an epic animated adventure to a small independent movie that fought for its audience, women producers made an indelible mark on the movies of 2012 IMAGES COURTESY UNIVERSAL PICTURES about whether we lose songs, keep songs, add songs. Then Tom came on board and said, I have to do this live its the only way. Did you thi

n Ava DuVernay NO MORE COMPLAINING Ava DuVernay is a new breed of filmmaker. Writer, director, producer and distributor of her indie film Middle of Nowhere, DuVernay represents the kind of doitall driving force that is required to tell the stories that fall outside the bigbudget Hollywood mainstream. That is not a measure of the quality of her film, however. Middle of Nowhere, the story of a young woman struggling to move forward in her life as her husband languishes in prison, has a topnotch c

n Ava DuVernay NO MORE COMPLAINING Ava DuVernay is a new breed of filmmaker. Writer, director, producer and distributor of her indie film Middle of Nowhere, DuVernay represents the kind of doitall driving force that is required to tell the stories that fall outside the bigbudget Hollywood mainstream. That is not a measure of the quality of her film, however. Middle of Nowhere, the story of a young woman struggling to move forward in her life as her husband languishes in prison, has a topnotch c

Who Put This Guy in Charge It doesnt make sense that the man who made Anvil should be directing Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in Hitchcockbut then, not much in Sacha Gervasis career adds up By Steve Pond Photographed by James Acomb S acha Gervasis Hollywood career started with a knife. It wasnt the knife that Tony Perkins used to carve up Janet Leigh in Psycho, a scene Gervasi recreates in his new movie Hitchcock. Rather, the knife that launched the Britishborn director on a new path was in

Who Put This Guy in Charge It doesnt make sense that the man who made Anvil should be directing Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in Hitchcockbut then, not much in Sacha Gervasis career adds up By Steve Pond Photographed by James Acomb S acha Gervasis Hollywood career started with a knife. It wasnt the knife that Tony Perkins used to carve up Janet Leigh in Psycho, a scene Gervasi recreates in his new movie Hitchcock. Rather, the knife that launched the Britishborn director on a new path was in

killed on a moped in India by a bus, another died of a rare blood disease...And the other people in the picture are Helena Bonham Carter Gavin Rossdale, lead singer of Bush and Ian Bostridge, one of the most famous tenors in the world. I think my life has always had this very extreme thing about it. Gervasi reflected on his peculiar career as he sat in his office in the house he recently bought in the Hollywood Hills just below Mulholland Drive. On paper, Anvil to Hitchcock is a huge jump, and t

killed on a moped in India by a bus, another died of a rare blood disease...And the other people in the picture are Helena Bonham Carter Gavin Rossdale, lead singer of Bush and Ian Bostridge, one of the most famous tenors in the world. I think my life has always had this very extreme thing about it. Gervasi reflected on his peculiar career as he sat in his office in the house he recently bought in the Hollywood Hills just below Mulholland Drive. On paper, Anvil to Hitchcock is a huge jump, and t

For Your Consideration Best Foreign Language Film Italy CAESAR MUST DIE A FILM BY PAoLo AND vIttorIo tAvIANI Winner Golden Bear Best Film Berlin 2012 Winner David of Donatello Awards Best Film, Best Director, Best Producer, Best Editor, Best Sound Nominee European Film Awards Best Film, Best Director, Best Editor AMPAS and GUILD members please join us rsvp to caesarmustdiersvpgmail.com Dec. 13th 400 pm Wilshire screening room 8670 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

For Your Consideration Best Foreign Language Film Italy CAESAR MUST DIE A FILM BY PAoLo AND vIttorIo tAvIANI Winner Golden Bear Best Film Berlin 2012 Winner David of Donatello Awards Best Film, Best Director, Best Producer, Best Editor, Best Sound Nominee European Film Awards Best Film, Best Director, Best Editor AMPAS and GUILD members please join us rsvp to caesarmustdiersvpgmail.com Dec. 13th 400 pm Wilshire screening room 8670 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Nothing Is Impossible From Cloud Atlas to Life of Pi, 2012 was filled with film versions of books that were extraordinarily difficult to adapt By Steve Pond Illustration by RJ Matson T The Best Adapted Screenplay category is always the more crowded and competitive of the Oscar writing categories. This year, though, it feels as if the contenders should be judged the same way diving competitions are with one score for how artful the film is, the other for the degree of difficulty. If that were t

Nothing Is Impossible From Cloud Atlas to Life of Pi, 2012 was filled with film versions of books that were extraordinarily difficult to adapt By Steve Pond Illustration by RJ Matson T The Best Adapted Screenplay category is always the more crowded and competitive of the Oscar writing categories. This year, though, it feels as if the contenders should be judged the same way diving competitions are with one score for how artful the film is, the other for the degree of difficulty. If that were t

A few case studies from a year of highdegreeofdifficulty adaptations Slice of Pi When David Magee first read Yann Martels bestseller Life of Pi, he was working on Finding Neverland with director Marc Forster. He recommended the book to Forster but had a ready answer when the director asked if it would make a good film No, its too difficult. And I really didnt give it much more thought than that, said Magee, who worried that the novel had insurmountable story obstacles, as well as the technical

A few case studies from a year of highdegreeofdifficulty adaptations Slice of Pi When David Magee first read Yann Martels bestseller Life of Pi, he was working on Finding Neverland with director Marc Forster. He recommended the book to Forster but had a ready answer when the director asked if it would make a good film No, its too difficult. And I really didnt give it much more thought than that, said Magee, who worried that the novel had insurmountable story obstacles, as well as the technical

Peter Ramsey on the DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale Rise of the Guardians Barrier Breaker As director of DreamWorks Animations epic adventure, Peter Ramsey has gone where no AfricanAmerican filmmaker has gone before By Brent Lang Photographed by Lauren Devon P eter Ramsey doesnt just have the pressure of making his feature directing debut on an 145 million tentpole film, he also has to deal with the expectations that come with being a barrierbreaker. By sliding into the directors cha

Peter Ramsey on the DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale Rise of the Guardians Barrier Breaker As director of DreamWorks Animations epic adventure, Peter Ramsey has gone where no AfricanAmerican filmmaker has gone before By Brent Lang Photographed by Lauren Devon P eter Ramsey doesnt just have the pressure of making his feature directing debut on an 145 million tentpole film, he also has to deal with the expectations that come with being a barrierbreaker. By sliding into the directors cha

What films inspired your approach to Guardians I always knew that I wanted to make a fun, actionpacked, big, epic fantasy movie rather than a quaint little fairytale. So I thought of Star Wars and Harry Potter, where there were big ensemble casts. But stylistically I also thought of Michael Powells Black Narcissus. I really wanted Santas world to have the same dreamlike feel with bold, striking visuals. The Idea Man I f Peter Ramsey is the guy who spearheaded putting Rise of the Guardians on

What films inspired your approach to Guardians I always knew that I wanted to make a fun, actionpacked, big, epic fantasy movie rather than a quaint little fairytale. So I thought of Star Wars and Harry Potter, where there were big ensemble casts. But stylistically I also thought of Michael Powells Black Narcissus. I really wanted Santas world to have the same dreamlike feel with bold, striking visuals. The Idea Man I f Peter Ramsey is the guy who spearheaded putting Rise of the Guardians on

F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R A T I O N Official Brazilian Entry For the 85th Academy Awards BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM WINNER Grand Prize of Brazilian Cinema Awards Best Picture, Best Director Selton Mello, Best Actor Selton Mello Brazilian Foreign Press Association FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR Rodrigo Santoro WINNER Best Film Rodrigo Santoro delivers a bravura performance. Variety Powerful, impressionistic... achieves real poignancy THR www.TheClownFilm.com

F O R Y O U R C O N S I D E R A T I O N Official Brazilian Entry For the 85th Academy Awards BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM WINNER Grand Prize of Brazilian Cinema Awards Best Picture, Best Director Selton Mello, Best Actor Selton Mello Brazilian Foreign Press Association FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR Rodrigo Santoro WINNER Best Film Rodrigo Santoro delivers a bravura performance. Variety Powerful, impressionistic... achieves real poignancy THR www.TheClownFilm.com

OSCARS BACK PAGES p MADONNA, 1991 You cant really tell from the photo, but Madonna was steaming mad as she performed Sooner or Later from Dick Tracy. An Oscar tech fell asleep in the balcony and failed to cue her popup microphone, so the disgrunted diva was forced to change her painstakingly planned choreography and deploy her sizzling slinkiness in front of a clunkier stand mike. p MERV GRIFFIN, 1988 You probably remember Rob Lowe dancing with Snow White during the misguided opening to Allan C

OSCARS BACK PAGES p MADONNA, 1991 You cant really tell from the photo, but Madonna was steaming mad as she performed Sooner or Later from Dick Tracy. An Oscar tech fell asleep in the balcony and failed to cue her popup microphone, so the disgrunted diva was forced to change her painstakingly planned choreography and deploy her sizzling slinkiness in front of a clunkier stand mike. p MERV GRIFFIN, 1988 You probably remember Rob Lowe dancing with Snow White during the misguided opening to Allan C

BEST ORIGINAL SONG Still Dream Performed by Rene Fleming Music by Alexandre Desplat Lyrics by David LindsayAbaire Time to close your eyes, Overlook the darkness And try to dream tonight Not so long ago Your world was bright So, take a breath and count to ten, And maybe you can dream again Still dream, and all the wonder that you knew Will all come flying back to you If you remember all the hope you left behind Open up your heart and change your mind Oh what youll find if you still dream... Fly

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