Jamie Dornan is ‘going to get an Oscar for Fifty Shades,’ claims screenwriter


This ^^ is Kelly Marcel. She’s a screenwriter. She’s also friends with Tom Hardy, which means that she has great taste in dude-friends. Marcel wrote Saving Mr. Banks (which I enjoyed but understood was largely a fictional account of the real story) and she had the unenviable task of adapting EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey into a screenplay. Marcel appeared at a Q&A recently and she was asked about adapting the book and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, and she was full of praise. A suspicious amount of praise.

There is no doubt that fans of the Fifty Shades Of Grey book are eager to see how the saucy scenes will translate on screen. And it sounds like audiences are in for a real treat as revealed by co-screenwriter Kelly Marcel at a Hollywood writer’s Q&A last week.

When it came to navigating the complex love scenes required for the erotically charged movie, Kelly believes leading man Jamie Dornan has given an Oscar-worthy performance.

At the An Evening In The Writer’s Room event hosted by Iranian-American writer Reza Aslan, British writer Kelly was asked how difficult it was to write the sex scenes. Kelly revealed that the ‘you are my popsicle’ line from a particularly raunchy section of the book went into the movie, adding: ‘It’s genius. They apparently did that scene great. Apparently Jamie is great at being soft and hard at the same time. Which is hard to do for an actor! He’s going to get an Oscar!’

To be able to translate such scenes onto the big screen, Kelly had to be extremely descriptive and specific in the script, adding that she couldn’t just put ‘They made love’ and move on.

She explained: ‘I had to actually describe everything! It was really embarrassing when you’re doing studio notes around the table with 12 people.’

Last year, Kelly – who wrote TV series Terra Nova – spoke to Variety about her transition into erotic fiction and said she wasn’t worried about taking on the Fifty Shades project.

She said: ‘There is a book…there [was] a template to follow on that one. It’s all laid out. So no, I didn’t worry about it.’

When she was asked if she watched any TV for reference, she jokingly replied: ‘Apart from the p0rn? Lots of p0rn. No, there wasn’t really anything.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I’m about to give producers some begrudging credit: I like the fact that they got a female screenwriter and a female director to adapt the terrible book into a movie. That being said… NO, Jamie Dornan is not going to get an Oscar for this. That’s like the Twihards thinking that Kristen Stewart should win an Oscar for Breaking Dawn. Dornan will be lucky to walk away from this film with some kind of career, although if everything is timed correctly, he’ll have some great counter-programming going on at the same time as the film’s release – I’m hoping the second season of The Fall will be aired around the same time as Fifty Shades gets its release. Jamie will survive, I’m hoping. And I’m sure that’s all Jamie expects too.

PS… I love Reza Aslan and I can’t believe he conducted the Q&A with Kelly Marcel!!



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  1. paola says:

    Thank you.
    I really needed a good laugh after all the bad news of the last few days.

  2. Tiffany27 says:


  3. eliza says:

    Umm, based on the source material and what I have seen of the trailer, NO, but kudos to the delusional screenwriter for getting people talking. Well done.

  4. Jaderu says:

    We’ll all be crying into our cheetos bags come Oscar night when this prophecy becomes reality.

    P.S. Jamie has on his “serious actor face” in that last pic where he’s holding the award.

  5. Jenns says:

    Unless the Oscar is for “Best Dead-Behind-The-Eyes” performance, then no, he will not win an Oscar.

  6. Abbott says:

    Jamie Dornan should get an Oscar for just existing. Best Nude Torso or something.

  7. Izzy says:

    Somebody really needs to lay off the payote…

  8. GeeMoney says:

    This is totally the LOL news of the day.

  9. Lindy79 says:

    He will.

    I will also win that year for my role as a confused yet sassy woodland nymph called Bellend in the Spielberg directed tale about the dangers of angering a goose and always chewing carefully before you swallow, called A Nymph For all Seasons. I shall beat Meryl, Shirley Maclaine, Kim Kardashian and Cameron Diaz and I’ll thank everyone at Celebitchy for their support and my sex slave Benedict for his *ahem* encouragement and causing my John Wayne walk to the podium to collect my award from Kermit the Frog.

  10. Lis says:

    Yeah, then he woke up and realized it was a dream.

  11. Honeybea says:

    I love Jamie Dornan!!!! Can’t wait for season 2 of the Fall. He creeps me out so bad in that show. Not just a pretty face.

  12. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Right after we watch Eddie and LeAnn and decide they’ve been misunderstood.

  13. Rachel says:

    Oscar? Lol no. I think his career will be fine though. He’s already booked a role in that chef film with Bradley Cooper, which Weinstein is distributing.

  14. Mia4S says:

    This again? Isn’t that what the Twilight author said about Sparkles? Stop it. He’s going to have to navigate enough embarrassment.

    Seriously Jaimie I hope the money was spectacular. You’ll earn it dealing with crazy fans alone.

  15. Lucy2 says:

    “And Kelly Marcel is delusional,” claims everyone else on earth.

  16. Kiddo says:

    I disagree, I think he will win the Nobel Peace Prize.

  17. Fran says:

    I cannot wait for season 2 of The Fall. That is all.

  18. SamiHami says:

    Sure he’ll get an oscar. If he mugs the winner in the alley right after the award ceremony.

  19. Lucretia says:

    That was really funny, especially the reference to “Kristen for Breaking Dawn.” Thanks. From what I’ve seen of the trailer, he’s too bland in this to have his career actually ruined (as in Showgirls) but I don’t think it will make him an A-lister.

  20. LAK says:

    Nuance people!!! She was talking about JD as an actor NOT 50SOG per se. She’s saying he has that quality of light and dark that will get him an oscar NOT that he will get an oscar for this role!!!!!

  21. Londerland says:

    …am I alone in thinking that she just sounds like she’s taking the piss? You know…joking?

    • Marty says:

      That’s what I thought too.

      Plus I heard that she and Charlie Hunnam got along really well when he was attached to the project and were even working on some stuff for the script together as well. So maybe there’s a little bit of shade there?

      • Mia4S says:

        Someday someone has to tell the real story about what happened with Hunnam! Yes scheduling conflicts happen and actors drop out (all the time); but the schedule on this went with no delays from when he was cast and they never would have cast a role this high profile without having every aspect of that worked out. No way! I am way more interested in that behind the scenes tale than the book nonsense.

      • stellalovejoydiver says:

        My guess is E.L. James was not too happy about the rewrites and the studio gave her too much control over the skript, her ego couldn’t handle it and there was a fallout between her and Charlie, studio sided with her, he had to leave.

  22. uninspired username says:

    The thirst is strong.

  23. Ciria says:

    Wonder if he regrets signing on.

  24. grabbyhands says:

    Did she lose a bet or something? That is pretty much the only reason I can think that you would allow yourself to be quoted saying something so idiotically stupid. Man, they are trying HARD to make this a thing.

    I grudgingly admit that this will probably make money, at least in its first week. I remain unconvinced that Dakota Fanning will not be permanently relegated to the Z list after this crapfest premieres. Both of them will definitely be up for Razzies come Oscar season. Jamie Dornan just may escape with his reputation in tact because he has things like The Fall on his resume, which has been a critical and audience success. For everybody else, I have a feeling that this will be the thing that they all say “Well, it was just for the money-I needed to pay taxes” about.

    • lia says:

      I agree that the producer ( his name escapes me) and the writer are clearly delusional. They desperately want to make this thing happen that they can’t stop embarrassing themselves with their stupidity. Why on earth would they keep that line in the film? If anything, the writer should have researched what people are saying are wrong with the books and worked from there. Forget the fans, they think this is an epic love story with no real emotional and mental abuse to speak of. The fact that they even kept that line in the film speaks to the quality of the film.

  25. Leaflet says:

    Why should Dornan get an Oscar when Fassbender didn’t get one for ‘Shame’? I mean, ‘Shame’ had substance, that is to say, it was far more to it than sex. It actually spoke volumes on the levels of addiction through scenes and not just dialogue. Waiting to exhale actresses didn’t get an Oscar either. Their movie was a bit closer to ‘Sex in the City’ but had more substance to it as well, and neither was ‘Waiting to Exhale’ or ‘Sex in the City’ nominated for an Oscar. Yeah, let’s just reduce this ’50 Shades of Grey’ flick to the popcorn feature that it was always intended to be…K.

  26. poppysleeper says:

    Hahaha, apparently she hasn’t even seen JD’s “hard” or “soft” from her “apparently”. You’d think working on this all smoke and distorted mirrors production she’d know better than anyone not to believe the spin of others on board, far less get locked in on a quote as silly as this.

    So many careers set to suffer for their ‘art’ on this one.

    Maybe just me but all I’ve seen of Dornan, modelling and acting, he only has one scowling constipated and slightly confused looking setting anyway. Apparently it’s what passes for sexy but I only ever get the feeling his brain is in panic but his face and eyes have died on him. He looks good but weirdly always unengaging.

    • holly2905 says:

      You’re definitely not the only one. I always think he looks mad in pics except, of course, when he’s on the red carpet. Then he’s all ‘hold hands and look lovingly at wife, smile at the fans, etc.’

      I think I’m the only one who wasn’t that impressed with him in The Fall. He was okay but nothing spectacular. the FSOG trailer didn’t do anything to change my opinion . . .

  27. Indira says:

    “Jamie is great at being soft and hard at the same time.” o.O

    He was hot on Once Upon a Time though. But Colin O’Donaghue is doing a great job as the eyecandy on that show now!

    • Bored suburbanhousewife says:

      @Indira–+1. I think Colin is way hotter on OUAT than Jamie ever was, and I like Jamie. Wish we could see a little Captain Hook eye candy on CB!

      • Indira says:

        Agree! But Colin seems like a very unassuming person IRL so I doubt he’ll appear on the celeb blogs. Sigh. Poor us.
        I feel into a “CaptainSwan” twitter hashtag yesterday and my, those teen fans are going apeshit over videos of ‘Colin eating lunch,’ ‘Colin being adorkable on set’ etc. These poor celebs!

  28. Marianne says:

    Scuse me while I snicker. Loudly.

  29. Tig says:

    I am interested to see what these two women do with the source material. And read somewhere where talks have started to sign them for sequels- if true, wonder if Jamie and/or Dakota say bye-bye?

  30. Lilacflowers says:

    I too predict that in February 2016, Jamie will win an award for his performance in 50SOG! Alas, it will be a Razzie and not an Oscar.

  31. lunchcoma says:

    I think Jamie will walk away from this with more of a career than he had before he signed on. He knew what he was doing – he went from “that guy in that TV show” to “Jamie Dornan.” It seems like the guy has some real talent, so I think he can leverage this into a career boost.

    That being said, this talk of Oscars is kind of cruel. Please. We all know this thing is going to be a mess.

  32. Semiramis27 says:

    I haven’t had such a good laugh in weeks!
    If anyone believes this nonsense, I have some lovely swampland in Florida to sell you.
    Fifty Shades of Crap may win a couple of Razzies, that’s it.
    It might have had a bit more of a chance with the luscious Charlie Hunnam, but the books are rubbish.

  33. bex says:

    Is she a comedy writer?