John C. "Jay" Cocks, Jr. (born January 12, 1944) is an American film critic and screenwriter. He is a graduate of Kenyon College. He was a critic for Time, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, among other magazines, before shifting to screenplay writing. He was married to actress Verna Bloom (1938–2019).
As a screenwriter, he is notable for his collaborations with director Martin Scorsese, particularly The Age of Innocence and Gangs of New York — a screenplay he started working on in 1976 — as well as Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days. He did an uncredited rewrite of James Cameron's screenplay for Titanic and was, with Scorsese, the co-screenwriter of Silence. Cocks and Scorsese approached author Philip K. Dick in 1969 for an adaptation of his 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Though the duo never optioned the book, it was later developed into the movie Blade Runner by screenwriter Hampton Fancher and director Ridley Scott.
|1990||Made in Milan||Martin Scorsese||Documentary Short|
|1993||The Age of Innocence||Credited with Martin Scorsese|
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
|1995||Strange Days||Kathryn Bigelow||Credited with James Cameron|
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Writing
|2002||Gangs of New York||Martin Scorsese||Credited with Kenneth Lonergan & Steven Zaillian|
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated - Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
|2016||Silence||Martin Scorsese||Credited with Martin Scorsese|
National Board of Review Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
- Some Notable Alumni, kenyon.edu; accessed August 28, 2015.
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- A.O. Scott (2002-12-20). "Gangs of New York - FILM REVIEW; To Feel A City Seethe". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
- "Jay Cocks' filmography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2012-05-18.
- Schulman, Michael (14 September 2017). "The Battle for Blade Runner". Vanity Fair. Vanity Fair. Retrieved 15 September 2017.