All eyes were on the USC Scripter to help STOP the women in the Oscar race for 2015. It was touch and go there for a while, since Gillian Flynn won the Critics Choice after not being nominated for the Oscar. The idea that Flynn could adapt her own novel, which would then go on to make around $168 million, spark all kinds of debate, emerge from the entire year with the only quotable lines from any screenplay would actually deserve an Oscar nomination is truly terrifying. But that fear was put to rest when the Writers Branch of the Academy blocked Flynn’s inclusion, thus ensuring the patriarchy maintains its steadfast course.
We were really worried there for a while. My god, to think that anyone seriously considered Flynn not only a major contender, but a real threat to win the whole game? Thank god — thank god. We can’t have powerful females roaming the quiet countryside.
But the Scripter awarded its top prize to Graham Moore for The Imitation Game, who will likely go on to win the WGA and then the Oscar. This was Flynn’s to lose before the Writers Branch stopped it in its tracks. We can all thank them for helping to maintain the status quo and for keeping things harmonious in the awards race.