Top Gun: Maverick and Glass Onion have a curious connection at this year’s Oscars
The 95th edition of the Oscars finally announced its nominees! And while there were few surprises, several were very significant. Among them, it was precisely the nomination of Glass Onion and Top Gun: Maverick a Best Adapted Screenplay.
It was to be expected that Top Gun: Maverick out of the strongest and most popular movies this year, so ended up nominated in 6 categories. and although Tom Cruise did not get his nomination as an actor, the film is considered for categories Very varied.
More or less the same thing happened with Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. His presence in the This year’s Oscars was not assured, and most of predictions (ours included) I looked at her like Best Original Screenplay, since again rian johnson He modeled the mystery from scratch, so his presence in the adapted script was also a big surprise. Plus, both films are making history at these Oscars,
Why did you receive these nominations? Actually the answer is very simple!
The Academy is full of technicalities
rian johnson spoke at length about how the books of “Evil under the Sun” written by Christie Agatha Y “The Last of Sheila” of herbert ross inspired the story, but it was not a direct adaptation of these books.
A similar case occurs with Top Gun: Maverick, since although the general history of top gun is inspired by the article written by Ehud Yonay “Top Guns” and indeed the sequel inspired the family of Yonay to sue for use of rights to the blockbuster producers, actually nor is it based directly on any other previously published work.
Then,Why were they nominated for those specific categories? Because according to the guidelines of the Oscar awards, a story that is based on any other previous work will be considered as Best Adapted Screenplay. And Any other previous work include the previous movies that were made about the same story.
Then how Top Gun: Maverick and Glass Onion are sequels, in theory They are based on the story of the script of their predecessors (in this case Top Gun and Knives Out), so automatically they fall into that category.
A very strange decision for the Oscars?
Historically, The Oscars don’t like it award sequels and has done so on a few occasions. The first time was in [1945when they nominated the movie The Bells of St. Mary’s, which was a direct sequel to Going My Way.
No direct sequel received a nomination for Best film until 29 years later, when Godfather II received a nomination in 1974, plus it became the first sequel ever to win Best Picture. Y Francis Ford Coppola repeated success in 1990, since the Oscars also nominated The third part of The Godfather.
10 years later, the second and third parts of The Lord of the rings They were also nominated. In 2011 toy Story 3 also managed to reach the category and in 2016 Mad Max: Fury Road it was the last sequel to achieve this. The Oscars are pretty consistent with their disdain for sequels, as it took another 7 years to reconsider sequels for Best Picture.
But this year was very special, since it also Avatar: The Way of the Water managed to enter the shortlist to compete for Best film, so now there is three sequels present at the Oscars, a historical record for the ceremony.
We don’t know which movies will win or if any of these three have a chance, but ultimately They have the statistics against them. By preferring to reward original films, in which 94 editions that have been held, only twice a sequel won the accolade: The Godfather in 1974 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
For this reason, the work of Angela Bassett What Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, since artists who interpret sequels are not usually very recognized either.
Is this an indicator that historical surprises are coming? Or do we already know which ribbons the medals will not win at the ceremony? We will have to wait until the next March 12 to find out.