Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Stephen King & The Best Picture Oscar

This is an oddity worth noting. Stephen King, as almost everyone knows, has had numerous film adaptations made from his novels. In fact, so films have been made from his novels for so long now, some of them have already been remade (The Shining, Carrie, 'Salem's Lot and, believe it or not, Maximum Overdrive). And, while it's true that some of his film adaptations have flirted with Oscar (Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie were both nominated for their performances in Carrie; Stand By Me was nominated for Best Screenplay; and Kathy Bates won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Misery), only two Stephen King film adaptations have ever been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. And here's the (astonishing) facts about those two films: both are period pieces, both are prison dramas, and both were directed by the same person, Frank Darabont. (In fact, until Darabont diverted from this unlikely cinematic sub-genre of Stephen King prison dramas to direct the less-than-successful Capra-esque comedy The Majestic with Jim Carrey, he was batting 1000 for Best Picture nominations at Oscar time.) For the record, The Shawshank Redemption (1994), starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins was nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture; The Green Mile (1999), starring Tom Hanks was nominated for four Oscars also including Best Picture. What are the odds?

Looks like Oscar Fever has begun. For the record, today is September 13th, 2005. The Oscars take place on March 5, 2006.

Let's enjoy the movies until the holidays and then start making predictions...
Although I am not a huge Stephen King fan, I have been intrigued by the spirituality that is exhibited in some of his work. Both the Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile wrestle with the idea of healing, forgiveness and freedom.
Any Stephen King film in the pipeline to watch for?
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