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Writers of “Don’t Look Up” — including a Colorado journalist — get Oscar nod

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Don't Look Up Movie Satire Climate Change David Sirota
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“Don’t Look Up” (clockwise) Meryl Streep as President Janie Orlean, Lonnie Farmer as Aide #1, Jennifer Lawrence as Kate Dibiasky, Leonardo DiCaprio as Dr. Randall Mindy, Rob Morgan as Dr. Clayton “Teddy” Oglethrope, Jonah Hill as Jason Orlean, Richard Donelly as Aide #2.

The film “Don’t Look Up” is a scathing satire about people’s response to climate change that uses a comet, hurtling toward Earth, as a metaphor for climate change. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence play the astronomers who discovered it, Meryl Streep is the U.S. president, and her son, Jonah Hill, is chief of staff. The writers of “Don’t Look Up,” including Denver journalist David Sirota, were nominated for an Academy Award Tuesday for best original screenplay. CPR’s Ryan Warner spoke with Sirota in December.