Oscar Voting for Dummies – The Screenplays

It seems to me that there are some categories where voters will have likely seen most of the nominees. How hard is it, for example, to see all five of the Best Director contenders? Likely you’ve seen them: 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, American Hustle, Nebraska, The Wolf of...
Posted On 19 Feb 2014

Writers Roundtable – Boal, Terrio, etc.

If you care to watch.  There are a few notable writers who are glaringly missing from this.
Posted On 14 Nov 2012

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...
Posted On 08 Nov 2010

Screenplay Watch: Will This be Sorkin’s First Oscar Nod?

The Oscar race is a funny thing. I’m sure you’ll be as surprised as I was to learn that Aaron Sorkin, one of the best writers working in Hollywood, has never been nominated for an Oscar. The Oscar race is about timing, the skill of publicists, and the popularity of...
Posted On 10 Sep 2010

Of Locks and Upsets – The Writers

It is less common for a Best Picture frontrunner to be driven by an original screenplay. Most of the recent winners have all been adaptations, either from novels, plays or other films. Going back twenty years, the adaptations almost double that of original scripts: Slumdog...
Posted On 09 Feb 2010