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The Particular Challenge Of Writing '1917'




Screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, right, on the set of
Screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns, right, on the set of "1917" with director and co-writer Sam Mendes.

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On today's show:

Krysty Wilson-Cairns Wins The War Of Words

(Starts at 8:45)

The World War I drama "1917" garnered 10 Academy Award nominations, including best picture, best director for Sam Mendes, and best original screenplay for Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns. She lays out for John Horn how they wrote the script knowing that the film would be shot as if it was one continuous take.

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An Alternate Nomination List

(Starts at :45)

We now know who was nominated for this year’s Academy Awards — and who wasn’t. There were no women picked for the directing Oscar, and only one person of color — ”Harriet” star Cynthia Erivo —was among the 20 acting nominees. But what if, like Hollywood does in a few movies, there was an alternate history to the Oscars? Franklin Leonard wrote about his imagined Academy Award nominations for the Washington Post. He is the creator of The Black List, an annual compilation of much-admired but unproduced movie scripts. 

Environmental Activism On The Stage

(Starts at 19:45)

For the past two decades, scientists and environmentalists have been arguing over a relatively new word: Anthropocene. It refers to the age some people believe we are living in right now — a geological period when human beings are changing the Earth. Think pollution, climate change and animal extinctions. Multimedia artist Miwa Matreyek explores the Anthropocene in her new show premiering this weekend at REDCAT in downtown L.A. It’s a collage of digital animation, live music and theater. The Frame contributor Marcos Nájera visited her studio recently and brings us this preview.