Moneyball, the film about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane and the team’s historic 20-game winning streak of 2002, was nominated today for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Brad Pitt as Beane), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; story by Stan Chervin, from Berkeley author Michael Lewis’s nonfiction book). […]
Former A’s manager Art Howe has been on the offensive over his portrayal in the film Moneyball, based on the book of the same name. If you’ve seen the film, you know that Howe, portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, is depicted as intransigent about accepting the cutting-edge statistical theories of GM Billy Beane and his […]
Last weekend, Moneyball, adapted from Michael Lewis’ book about Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane’s early adoption of statistical analysis, was No. 2 at the box office, surpassed only by the re-release of The Lion King. The film also has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the fifth-best rated movie on the entire site. Last week […]
Tout-Oakland turned out at the Paramount Theater last night for the premiere of Moneyball. Or at least à demi Oakland. I was there too and pegged the audience as part local, part Hollywood.
Donations from Listeners Like You did not pay for my ticket; I scored a seat from one of the film’s producers, the sister of a childhood friend. Others I talked to enjoyed similar degrees-of-separation status: “I’m here because my daughter and Michael Lewis’ daughter go to school together,” one guy told me, citing the author of the movie’s source material.