The Big Short has landed the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Adam McKay and Charles Randolph. Their script bested those from Room, The Martian, Brooklyn and Carol, and makes The Big Short tonight’s second Best Picture Nominee to win an Academy Award.
Based on the nonfiction book by MIchael Lewis The Big Short tracks the entirely legal misdeeds that caused the worldwide financial crisis of 2007-2008 and nearly destroyed the economy. Unsurpisingly, in accepting their Oscar McKay echoed the politics of the film, telling the audience (and viewers) “if you don’t want big money to control government, don’t vote for candidates that take money from big banks, oil or weirdo billionaires.”
Along with Best Picture, The Big Short up for five Oscars total tonight including Best Director for McKay and Best Supporting Actor for Christian Bale.