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In the glitzy world of Hollywood, awards season is always a time of great anticipation and excitement. The red carpets are rolled out, the statues polished to perfection, and the spotlight shines brightly on the year’s most outstanding cinematic achievements. As we gear up for the 96th Oscars in 2024, the chatter about potential nominees is in full swing, and one film that has recently caught our attention is “The Bikeriders,” directed and written by Jeff Nichols.
A Unique Campaign for Best Original Screenplay
Variety’s Awards Circuit, a trusted source for all things related to awards, recently unveiled an intriguing development in the race for Best Original Screenplay. In a surprising move, 20th Century Studios has decided to campaign “The Bikeriders” for this coveted category. What makes this campaign unique is that “The Bikeriders” draws its inspiration from the 1968 photo and interview book of the same name, raising questions about whether it should be considered an original work or an adaptation.
Nichols’ Quest for Recognition
“The Bikeriders” offers a fictional narrative inspired by the Midwestern motorcycle club featured in the book’s photographs, chronicling the lives of its members over a decade. Despite having directed six previous films that garnered critical acclaim, Jeff Nichols has yet to receive the recognition he deserves on the grandest stage of them all – the Oscars. Could “The Bikeriders” be the film that finally catapults him into the Oscar spotlight?
Early Campaign Efforts
The studio is wasting no time in promoting Nichols’ creation. A special screening of “The Bikeriders” was held in Los Angeles, with the director himself in attendance for a post-screening Q&A session. The film’s unique blend of narrative storytelling inspired by a non-fiction work has intrigued both critics and audiences alike.
WGA and Oscars: The Difference
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) plays a crucial role in the awards season, and the distinction between original and adapted works is particularly relevant. While the WGA has classified “The Bikeriders” as an original work, the question remains whether the Academy will concur. The film’s potential Oscar nomination is eagerly awaited.
A Campaign that Challenges Tradition
The campaign for “The Bikeriders” is not the only one bending the rules this awards season. Greta Gerwig’s and Noah Baumbach’s collaboration, “Barbie,” is also making waves by vying for Best Original Screenplay. Interestingly, “Barbie” is based on the iconic doll and toy company, a departure from the conventional idea of an original screenplay based on a published work.
As anticipation builds for the 2024 Oscars, Variety’s Awards Circuit provides a glimpse into the predicted nominees for Best Original Screenplay. Alongside “The Bikeriders” and “Barbie,” other strong contenders include “The Holdovers,” “Past Lives,” “Maestro,” and “May December.” The competition promises to be fierce, with each screenplay offering a unique and compelling narrative.
The Road to the Oscars
The submission deadline for general categories at the Oscars is set for November 18, 2023. Preliminary shortlist voting will commence on December 18, with the results unveiled on December 21. The critical voting period will run from January 11 to 16, 2024, culminating in the official nominations announcement on January 23.
The Moment of Truth
As we await the 96th Oscars, all eyes are on Jeff Nichols and “The Bikeriders.” Will this unique blend of fiction and reality secure a place among the Best Original Screenplay nominees? Only time will tell, as the Academy’s ultimate determination will shape the narrative of this year’s Oscars. One thing is certain: awards season is off to an unconventional and thrilling start, with filmmakers daring to redefine what constitutes an original screenplay.
As the countdown to the Oscars continues, stay tuned for more updates and insights into the ever-evolving world of awards season.