Nomination Reaction: Simon Beaufoy

Screenwriter, '127 Hours'

Adapting Aron Ralston’s harrowing survival tale into “127 Hours” posed its own set of challenges for scribe Simon Beaufoy.

“We had to be true and actual, and actuality is a mess so often,” he said, “but in the end it came out great.”

“There were so many difficulties,” he said. “One of the problems is the guy never moves, and everyone going into the cinema knows what happens. Somehow we had to get them to forget that he would be alright.” And the biggest challenge? “Aron is alive and well and sitting next to us,” he said. Beaufoy said the filmmakers were dedicated to keeping the story accurate.

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