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The Oscars’ current problems are a lot like baseball’s, back in the day. The game is too white, too macho and a little too overloaded with grizzled veterans for many fans’ comfort.
But encouraging signs can be spotted over in the writers’ division, where nine of this year’s 10 screenplay contenders were penned, in whole or in part, by first-time nominees.
Only Nick Hornby of “Brooklyn”; Ethan and Joel Coen of “Bridge of Spies”; Tom McCarthy of “Spotlight”; and Pete Docter of “Inside Out” have previously been named Oscar all-stars. Their writing partners and others, a remarkable 15 in all, are being called up to the Big Show for the first time. And that includes four women, the largest such number since 2007.
Maybe no one broke the color bar this year, but when it comes to new voices being heard, it’s truly the Year of the Rookie.
The rookies »
- Bob Verini
The novel by Rachel Kushner revolves around life in 1950s in Cuba just before the Castro revolution. The book was finalist for a National Book Award. Nagy is on board to create the TV series and serve as showrunner should the project go the distance.
Nagy will exec produce “Telex” with Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman. Anonymous Content’s production arm is on fire with two best picture Oscar noms this year — for “The Revenant” and “Spotlight” — and the Golden Globe win earlier this month for its USA Network drama “Mr. Robot.”
“I am thrilled to begin work on bringing the complex, beautiful, colliding worlds of Rachel Kushner »
- Cynthia Littleton
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