We are just around 2-3 weeks away from the big night when we will find out who will be crow the winners at the Oscar. Though the ceremony and its prestige has come down both in and outside the cinephile community in the past few years, there’s no doubt the awards still has some weights within the industry. Winning one of those little trophies still means a lot of great opportunities, especially for the newcomers who get a shot of at least being nominated.
Someone who has had more than a fair shot at winning has been the legendary screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who last year debuted as a director for the Poker real life film Molly’s Game. A movie about this promising female athlete with a sorta complex life who eventually dives into the underground poker business, mostly made up of celebrities who more than often enjoy playing in a physical place aside or instead of, say, a mobile blackjack game for real money.
As we have come to expect in this type of films, there are many troupes that the lead has to face throughout the story (both personal and legal). Of course, what you can say makes this a different beast is the signature touch Sorkin brings up. His fast pace, dynamic writing style works magic as usual. Though not sure it was me alone, but it seem as he was also directing, the writing was a bit weak. It was still great, but it didn’t felt as grandiose as you will normally come to expect from his early and most recent work.
Because of that, it shouldn’t come as surprise he wasn’t even considered for a nomination for Best Director. There were many snubs this year (as usual), but Sorkin was definitely not one of them. So that gets me to my next point, does he still has a shot of winning Best Adapted Screenplay? The answer is a big, maybe. Different to the Original Screenplay category this year, the competition isn’t as hard. Call Me By Your Name has been lauded by critics and audiences alike and a win for Logan will be somewhat historical, but as mentioned earlier, Sorkin is some kind of a darling at the Oscars and there’s a chance he could pick up his second Oscar. While there are tons of exponential dialogue, the way it blends with the visual within the film it makes it all less annoying. The way the story between Molly and her dad, while very limited, it does work – not as effective as in I, Tonya but it does.
Again, not everyone is actually paying attention to Molly’s Game since its release – but with Aaron Sorkin at the helm, a miracle could happen.