‘A FANTASTIC WOMAN’, SCREENPLAY WRITTEN BY GRADUATE, WINS BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM AT ACADEMY AWARDS
Last night 5pm PST the 90th Academy Awards began at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Gonzalo Maza, an MA Screenwriting alumnus of London Film School, was in attendance for ‘Una Mujer Fantástica’s nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The film, nominated for the Golden Globes in the same category, had already won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival, Best Foreign Language Film at the Goya Awards and Best Foreign Language Film at the Independent Spirit Awards.
‘Una Mujer Fantástica’, otherwise known as ‘A Fantastic Woman’, follows Marina Vidal, a trans-woman grieving the death of her partner. The film took home the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film over Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winner, The Square and Ildikó Enyedi‘s Golden Bear winner, On Body and Soul.
(From left, Sebastián Lelio, Daniela Vega, and Gonzalo Maza, accepting the Silver Bear at 2017’s Berlinale)
Maza, the screenwriter behind the film, graduated from London Film School’s 2017 MA Screenwriting course. He has previously collaborated on 2013’s Gloria with Una Mujer Fantástica’s director Sebastián Lelio. Una Mujer Fantástica’s was from the producers of ‘Jackie‘ and ‘Toni Erdmann‘.