Monday, May 20, 2024

Oscar Nominated Screenwriting Legend Paul Schrader Speaks Up on Facebook Now that Awards Season Is Over: He’d Still Like to Work with Kevin Spacey


Paul Schrader is one of the great filmmakers, writers, directors of all time. But he was nominated for his first Oscar this year for writing “First Reformed,” which he directed, starring Ethan Hawke.

Indie A24 distributed “First Reformed” and apparently they told Paul– who’s only written “Raging Bull,” “Taxi Driver,” written and directed his own “Affliction”– to keep off Facebook and hold his tongue until Oscar season was over.

It’s over. PS You must see “First Reformed” however you can– in theater, on Netflix, Amazon, etc. It’s so brilliant.

Paul posted this last night to Facebook. It’s a gem:

“Hello. Last fall, after I admitted that I’d like to work with Kevin Spacey, A24 requested that I stay off from FB until award season was over. It’s over and I’m out of FB jail. What happened while I was gone? (1) saw Phosphorescent and did a conversation with Matthew Houck (2) spent Christmas eve with Glenn Close and my family in Xmas costumes (3) Jeff Berg, my agent and friend of 45 years, gave me a reception in his Pacific Palisades home for the Hollywood 70s crowd (4) Dan Smith of Italian fashion firm Isaia gave me a fabulous tuxedo–thanks! (5) ran into Spike Lee, Alfonso Cuaron, Pavel Paveloski, Bo Burnham and Barry Jenkins so often at so many ceremonies and events I never need to see them again (7) realized I didn’t really miss FB that much (8) got enmeshed in a process that made me care about awards I didn’t even respect (8) learned anew never to underestimate the power of mediocrity.”

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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