Judd Apatow expressed displeasure with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ choice to classify Greta Gerwig’s successful film “Barbie” as an adapted screenplay for the 2024 Oscars, rather than an original one.
On Friday, the director of Knocked Up expressed, “It’s insulting to the writers to say they were working off of existing material. There was no existing material or story. There was a clear box.”
It’s insulting to the writers to say they were working off of existing material. There was no existing material or story. There was a clear box. https://t.co/8phHXmag7Q
— Judd Apatow 🇺🇦 (@JuddApatow) January 6, 2024
This week, the Academy decided that “Barbie” will be competing in the Best Adapted Screenplay category at the Academy Awards, despite Warner Bros. actively campaigning for a Best Original Screenplay nomination.
“Barbie,” penned by Gerwig and her husband Noah Baumbach, draws inspiration from Mattel’s Barbie and Ken dolls. Similar to previous Oscar nominees like Toy Story 3 and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, it has been categorized as an adapted screenplay due to its status as a sequel built upon pre-existing characters.
This decision places Barbie in a competitive field for Best Adapted Screenplay, where it will contend with other strong candidates, including Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” and, notably, Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” both of which are also vying for Best Picture recognition.
Each awards organization has its own set of rules and criteria. In contrast to the Academy’s ruling, the Writers Guild of America has categorized Barbie as an original script for its upcoming WGA Awards.
Source: The Messenger