Maggie Gyllenhaal just won her second Oscar nomination for writing the screenplay for “The Lost Daughter,” her feature directorial debut. This Best Adapted Screenplay offering follows in the footsteps of only two other women, Emma Thompson and Ruth Gordon, which also won Oscar accolades for its acting and writing. More importantly, however, there are now two Oscar-nominated screenwriters in the Gyllenhaal family, along with his mother. Naomi Foner having won his own writing offer in the late 1980s.
Foner was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for the 1988 film “Running on Empty”, the Sidney Lumet movie starring Phoenix River in his only Oscar-nominated performance. Like Gyllenhaal with “The Lost Daughter”, Foner was also executive producer of “Running on Empty”. Gyllenhaal’s nomination this year adds another accolade to the family, following her first Best Supporting Actress bid for ‘Crazy Heart’ (2009) and her brother Jamesis the only Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for “Brokeback Mountain” (2005).
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Gyllenhaal shouldn’t win the Oscar, just like Foner lost his category over 30 years ago to ‘Rain Man’ co-writers Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow. Currently in second place in the first ratings, it faces stiff competition in the form of Jeanne Campion, the Best Adapted Screenplay favorite that directs the predicted Best Picture winner, “The Power of the Dog.” “The Lost Daughter” is also the only film in this category to not have a corresponding best picture offer, which has been correlated far more often than not in the 21st century.
Whether she wins or not, Gyllenhaal has already achieved major success in her first major endeavor as a writer-director. In addition to her screenplay offering, she directed Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively. Ideally, this will help propel Gyllenhaal into a successful career behind the camera like his mother, who wrote and produced several films after her own Oscar moment in the sun.
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