Some may have picked up on this news already but it was just brought to my attention. Charlie Kaufman’s upcoming stop-motion film “Anomalisa,” which debuted to strong word at Telluride before being picked up by Paramount Pictures, will compete for a screenplay Oscar in the Adapted race.
“Anomalisa” began its life as a play, written by Charlie Kaufman, in 2005 as part of composer Carter Burwell’s Theater of a New Ear project. As such, the film will not compete in the Original Screenplay race as previously speculated.
Kaufman, who’s won an Academy Award for penning the masterpiece “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” with Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth, is bringing his first feature to the screen since 2008’s “Synecdoche, New York.” The animated film will feature stiff competition as strong contenders like “Steve Jobs” by Aaron Sorkin and “Brooklyn” by Nick Hornby have received a strong endorsement from critics and AMPAS members.
“Anomalisa” tells the story of a man crippled by the mundanity of his life. It features the voice work of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Tom Noonan. It is co-directed by Duke Johnson.
The film opens in theaters on December 30 in limited release.