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WGA Preview

WGA Preview

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On Thursday, January 3rd, the Producers Guild, Art Directors Guild and Writers Guild all announce their nominees. It is he same day as Oscar ballots are due.  The Writers Guild is a fairly good indicator of Best Picture at the Oscars usually.  This is a year where a lot of the best screenplays, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Ava DuVernay’s…

Oscarwatch: The Writers, Part One: Adapted Screenplays

Oscarwatch: The Writers, Part One: Adapted Screenplays

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There isn’t anything better than a great director working with a great screenwriter. Despite how many screenwriters there are in Los Angeles (rumor has it, there are more screenwriters here than people), there are precious few of them who can lay it down in any meaningful way. If the director picks a good writer and a solid script there is less distance to bridge between the written word and great…

Writers Roundtable – Boal, Terrio, etc.

Writers Roundtable – Boal, Terrio, etc.

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If you care to watch.  There are a few notable writers who are glaringly missing from this.

Oscars 2012: The Adapted Screenplays

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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 to grasp about the way Oscars vote. Everybody votes for everything when it comes to picking the winners in the…

Sorting Screenplays: Adapted and Original

Sorting Screenplays: Adapted and Original

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We have a master list of 265 screenplays eligible for Oscar consideration.  We need to separate the Adapted from the Originals so that Rob can finish constructing the simulated Oscar ballot .  It’s a monster project, so can I enlist your help?  I’ve made a really rough stab at dividing them up, but I’m sure the two lists I’ve drafted are riddled with mistakes.  Please take a look after the…

Download 8 screenplays by Christopher Nolan

Download 8 screenplays by Christopher Nolan

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@CineVue and @Raindance tweet links to a great resource at raindance.org where you can read and download 8 scripts by Christopher Nolan — Following, Memento, The Prestige, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Keys to the Street (unproduced).   Production notes and screenplay analysis on selected titles are also available. The site hosts pages where you can find suites of scripts by Tim Burton and The Coen Brothers,…

Author Brian Selznick talks about Hugo Cabret

Author Brian Selznick talks about Hugo Cabret

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Adapted for Scorsese’s film version by Oscar nominee John August (Gladiator, The Aviator, Coriolanus).

Sight unseen, scouting out the best screenplays of 2011

Sight unseen, scouting out the best screenplays of 2011

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Since much of a best screenplay nomination hangs on the past pedigrees of the writers, directors and cast, it’s never too soon to begin groping in the dark to wonder which films might emerge as this year’s frontrunners for best screenplay. A message from phantom this weekend suggested it might be fun to venture some blind predictions. At this stage we can already begin to see important puzzle pieces fall…

Writers Guild chooses 101 Greatest Screenplays

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Charles Brackett, Gloria Swanson, and Billy Wilder This list has been around sine 2005, but I had forgotten about it. Worth another look? Nothing since Eternal Sunshine in 2004? What screenplays from the past 7 years would you add? Several directors have very good taste and/or clout in aquiring the best scripts. Are there 4 Hitchcock films represented? And would Rear Window or North by Northwest have made the list…

USC Scripter nominees!

USC Scripter nominees!

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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, adapted from Ben Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal Joel…