Original screenplay: Changeling

J. Michael Straczynski

Longtime TV writer Straczynski shaped this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale of 1920s L.A. into a prestige vehicle. That is no small feat, as the true story took place over years and didn’t reach a definitive conclusion. Christine Collins’ struggle against the LAPD’s near-dictatorial powers hits a nerve with a nation pondering the future of Guantanamo and secret prisons. Thoughtful, somewhat upbeat ending to a downbeat tale owes much to Straczynski.

WHY IT’LL WIN: Earnest drama with family themes and liberal overtones is in Oscar’s sweet spot.

MAYBE NOT: Its adherence to real events keeps it from offering a tidy resolution.

More Film

  • ‘Burning’ Adds U.K., Japan, Australia Distribution

    Cannes: ‘Burning’ Adds U.K., Japan, Australia Distribution Deals

    Longtime TV writer Straczynski shaped this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale of 1920s L.A. into a prestige vehicle. That is no small feat, as the true story took place over years and didn’t reach a definitive conclusion. Christine Collins’ struggle against the LAPD’s near-dictatorial powers hits a nerve with a nation pondering the future of Guantanamo and secret […]

  • 'The Great Mystical Circus' Review: Hardly

    Cannes Film Review: 'The Great Mystical Circus'

    Longtime TV writer Straczynski shaped this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale of 1920s L.A. into a prestige vehicle. That is no small feat, as the true story took place over years and didn’t reach a definitive conclusion. Christine Collins’ struggle against the LAPD’s near-dictatorial powers hits a nerve with a nation pondering the future of Guantanamo and secret […]

  • 'Feral' Review

    Film Review: 'Feral'

    Longtime TV writer Straczynski shaped this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale of 1920s L.A. into a prestige vehicle. That is no small feat, as the true story took place over years and didn’t reach a definitive conclusion. Christine Collins’ struggle against the LAPD’s near-dictatorial powers hits a nerve with a nation pondering the future of Guantanamo and secret […]

  • Amandla Stenberg The Hate U Give

    Fox Dates 'The Hate U Give' Movie for Awards-Season Release

    Longtime TV writer Straczynski shaped this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale of 1920s L.A. into a prestige vehicle. That is no small feat, as the true story took place over years and didn’t reach a definitive conclusion. Christine Collins’ struggle against the LAPD’s near-dictatorial powers hits a nerve with a nation pondering the future of Guantanamo and secret […]

  • 'Scarface' Slated for 35th Anniversary Re-Release

    Film News Roundup: 'Scarface' Set for 35th Anniversary Re-Release

    Longtime TV writer Straczynski shaped this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale of 1920s L.A. into a prestige vehicle. That is no small feat, as the true story took place over years and didn’t reach a definitive conclusion. Christine Collins’ struggle against the LAPD’s near-dictatorial powers hits a nerve with a nation pondering the future of Guantanamo and secret […]

  • Caitriona Balfe Noah Jupe

    'Outlander' Star Caitriona Balfe, Noah Jupe Join Ford vs. Ferrari Movie

    Longtime TV writer Straczynski shaped this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale of 1920s L.A. into a prestige vehicle. That is no small feat, as the true story took place over years and didn’t reach a definitive conclusion. Christine Collins’ struggle against the LAPD’s near-dictatorial powers hits a nerve with a nation pondering the future of Guantanamo and secret […]

  • Gal Gadot

    Gal Gadot Producing, Possibly Starring in Fidel Castro Journalism Drama

    Longtime TV writer Straczynski shaped this truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale of 1920s L.A. into a prestige vehicle. That is no small feat, as the true story took place over years and didn’t reach a definitive conclusion. Christine Collins’ struggle against the LAPD’s near-dictatorial powers hits a nerve with a nation pondering the future of Guantanamo and secret […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content