rolotomasi99 wrote:While I want the two screenplay awards to go to THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and HER, I predict they will go to 12 YEARS A SLAVE and AMERICAN HUSTLE.
I was not aware of John Ridley's issues with the unions, but I am really, really surprised more has not been made out of the fact that the two likely winners of the screenplay categories were/are bitter enemies over credit for the screenplay of THREE KINGS. While Warner Bros was able to ultimately solve the issue, if you read the below Entertainment Weekly article on Ridley, it is clear he was/is very angry about the whole experience.
The feud with Stone cooled down, but hostilities with Three Kings director Russell are still simmering. "This is a guy who every step of the way has tried to grab credit," Ridley says, firing off a round. "I never heard a word while he was shooting the movie. Never saw any of the script changes. And then finally, a year later, I get a copy of the script, and my name isn't even on it. It's 'by David O. Russell.' My name is nowhere."
They both appeared on stage together recently during one of the Jeff Goldsmith Q & A interviews. There didn't appear to be any tension between the two, though it was a podcast I was listening to, so it was a bit hard to tell. Thinking back though, I'm sure if all was fine between them then they both may have spoken about Three Kings given that it was a screenwriters Q&A.