Margate native Scott Neustadter will remain an Oscar nominee — this year, anyway.
Neustadter, 40, was passed over for best adapted screenplay for his work on The Disaster Artist, which Inquirer film critic Gary Thompson called “funny and alarmingly factual” in a review last year. Instead, Call Me By Your Name‘s James Ivory took home the award.
Neustadter cowrote the script alongside writing partner Michael H. Weber.
The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco, tells the story of Tommy Wiseau, the filmmaker behind 2003’s The Room, which is widely considered to be one of the worst films ever made alongside infamous director Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space. The film was not nominated for any other awards.
“We are all very used to making movies by committee. You can usually see where the studio had notes, or where the reshoots happened, or some kind of compromise of the original vision,” Neustadter told the Inquirer of the film last tear. “In The Room, it’s the most pure auteur experience that you can watch. It’s this one guy and how he sees the world, as insane as it might be.”
Winner Ivory beat out fellow nominees Logan, Molly’s Game and Mudbound in addition to the Disaster Artist to win. Written by Ivory and directed by Luca Guadagnino, the film is a coming-of-age tale that follows two young men as they fall in love and was adapted from the third in a series of books by André Aciman. The film was also nominated for best picture, lead actor (star Timothée Chalamet), and original song with “Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens.