Nomination reaction: Aaron Sorkin

Best adapted screenplay, 'The Social Network'

“The Social Network” may have dealt with the heady impact of new technology, but to Aaron Sorkin the tale of Mark Zuckerberg’s rise with Facebook was “a story that was as old as storytelling itself,” he said.

“It’s a story Shakespeare (and other classic writers) could have written. Just lucky for me that none of those guys were available,” he said.

Getting his head around Zuckerberg as a person was a challenge, Sorkin admits.

“He’s a complicated character,” he said. “In the movie he’s an antihero. I just wanted to make sure he was human. When you’re writing a character like that…you have to be able to defend the character.”

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