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 Guild Nominations

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features Her, Written by Spike Jonze;...
Posted On 03 Jan 2014

Poll for Original Screenplay

After the cut you can think outside the Oscar box and choose from among the top 25 Original Screenplays of 2012.
Posted On 19 Feb 2013

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

Sorting Screenplays: Adapted and Original

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...
Posted On 09 Jan 2012

Kevin Spacey and Zachary Quinto in Margin Call

Last year Roadside Attractions brought us Winter’s Bone and Biutiful. This year they’re handling distribution for Albert Nobbs, Project Nim, and this weekend deliver the biggest under-the-radar surprise of the month. Margin Call opened in limited release just a few...
Posted On 24 Oct 2011

About Bridesmaids…and Successful Female-Driven Stories

Bridesmaids: $168 million The Help: $147 million Last night’s Emmys had a few people tweeting about Melissa McCarthy and her surprise Emmy win.  Some even tweeted that this was really a win for Bridesmaids.  So what of Bridesmaids?  A male dominated field finds a successful...
Posted On 19 Sep 2011

AD Readers Poll: Predict the Oscar screenplays

Choose the 10 screenplays you think the Academy will nominate (not your own personal favorites). Cast your votes after the cut.
Posted On 05 Jan 2011

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

Animal Kingdom leads Australian AFI nominations

Animal Kingdom has been nominated for 18 Australian Film Institute Awards, including no less than 8 nominations in the acting categories alone — virtually the entire cast has been nominated. Animal Kingdom — 18 nominations Beneath Hill 60 — 12 nominations Bright...
Posted On 26 Oct 2010