Oscar-nominated film ‘The Holdovers’ accused of plagiarism by screenwriter in bombshell allegations day before event: ‘Genuinely overwhelming’

March 10, 2024

Simon Stephenson, best known for working on popular movies “Luca” and “Paddington 2,” made the bombshell allegations in emails to the Writer’s Guild of America that were obtained by Variety. 4 Simon Stephenson made bombshell plagiarism allegations against ‘The Holdovers’ in emails to the Writer’s Guild of America. Writers Online4 Screenwriter Simon Stephenson accused “The Holdovers” of stealing his 2013 script. Stephenson claims that only five parts from “The Holdovers” are not in his “Frisco” script — including, ironically, a backstory about someone getting away with plagiarism, Variety reported. Payne previously won two Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay for his films “Sideways” (2005) and “The Descendants” (2012).