BOMBSHELL: Oscars Tarnished

(5MinNewsBreak.com) – Leftist propaganda has marred the annual Oscar ceremony for decades, but now the Academy Awards have been jolted by a new type of severe scandal, as one of the films nominated for Best Picture, “The Holdovers,” faces accusations of being “plagiarized line-by-line” from an older script.

The Holdovers, which ended up winning the Best Supporting Actress prize in Sunday night’s ceremony, was plagiarized from a screenplay written about a decade ago for a film that never came to fruition, The New York Post reports.

Simon Stephenson, known for his work on hit movies like “Luca” and “Paddington 2,” made these stunning accusations in emails to the Writer’s Guild of America, obtained by Variety.

“The evidence the holdovers screenplay has been plagiarised line-by-line from “Frisco” is genuinely overwhelming – anybody who looks at even the briefest sample pretty much invariably uses the word ‘brazen,’” Stephenson wrote in an email to Lesley Mackey, the WGA’s director of credits, after discussing the movies’ similarities with him.

“Frisco” is a drama following a grumpy children’s hospital employee who ends up taking care of his 15-year-old student — akin to how The Holdovers’ Paul Giamatti portrays a prep-school classics teacher spending Christmas break with a troubled teen and a cafeteria manager.

The teen is played by Dominic Sessa, and the school’s cafeteria manager is played by Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

Stephenson meticulously compared the two films scene by scene, along with crucial sequences and dialogues.

He alleges that director Alexander Payne had access to the “Frisco” script in 2013 and again in late 2019 before approaching first-time film writer David Hemingson about “The Holdovers,” for which Hemingson received producing credits.

“I can demonstrate beyond any possible doubt that the meaningful entirety of the screenplay for a film with WGA-sanctioned credits that is currently on track to win a screenwriting Oscar has been plagiarised line-by-line from a popular unproduced screenplay of mine,” Stephenson wrote in a message to the WGA board on February 25.

“I can also show that the director of the offending film was sent and read my screenplay on two separate occasions prior to the offending film entering development,” he added.

Stephenson alleges that only five aspects of “The Holdovers” are not in his “Frisco” script, including a backstory about someone getting away with plagiarism, which Variety reported ironically.

“A lawsuit remains the most viable option under these circumstances,” a WGA associate counsel told him, stating it’s not a guild issue and referring him to a Los Angeles law firm.

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