Oscars 2012: The Adapted Screenplays

Recently, I was lucky enough to be invited on NPR to talk about the adapted screenplay race. It surprised host Rachel Martin that the screenplay race, it turned out, wasn’t so much about the individual screenplays as it was about the Best Picture category. This is probably the hardest thing ...

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USC Scripter nominees!

The 2011 finalists for the USC Scripter awards: Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy for 127 Hours, adapted from mountain climber Aron Ralston’s autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place Roman Polanski for The Ghost Writer, adapted from journalist Robert Harris’ novel The Ghost Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network, ...

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OscarWatch: The Writers


2010 can only be called the Year of the Director where the Oscar race is concerned. I wouldn’t presume to say anything deeper than that. Sometimes talking about the Oscar race feels like other contests that are judged superficially – political campaigns and horse races. In truth, we are talking ...

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The Town, trailer

(thanks JUN) Aside from the knockout cast and fascinating dynamics of the premise, there’s another thing that jumps out at me from this trailer for The Town that gives me a tingle of appreciation. The phrase “From the studio that brought you…” is something we don’t see much anymore, and ...

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