Awards

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Prize-winning trivia

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Number of femme writer-directors who have won an original screenplay Oscar for a film they also helmed: Jane Campion for 1993's "The Piano." This year, "Lost in Translation's" Sofia Coppola or…

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Toon tales

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Despite the fact that I went to art school, where I got to draw more than write, I have a lot to say about screenwriting -- insightful, hard-earned observations that can only be gleaned from over a…

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Matters of fact

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Whether they center on the daily travails of Cleveland comic-book author Harvey Pekar ("American Splendor"), or on the love story between poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes ("Sylvia"), or detail the…

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Novel adventure

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Films adapted from novels have always been a significant part of the Oscar race. Since "All Quiet on the Western Front" won best pic in 1930, films based on novels have won the category over 40% of…

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Mix master

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I always thought that every story has a particular way of being told. I realized this a long time ago when, at 19, I first read "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner. The structure, the themes…

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