Oscar Nominees for Writing Share Their Nomination Experiences (In Writing, Of Course)
With the final major guild awards behind us, (Argo and Zero Dark Thirty won last night’s WGA awards for Adapted and Original Screenplays, respectively), pundits can finally channel all of their attention and prognostications on the big show, the Academy Awards (as if they weren’t already). Ten screenplays are nominated, but of course, only two will win. This year, however, that doesn’t mean we won’t get to hear from some of the other writing nominees about their Oscar experiences.
Thanks to the show’s official website hosted by ABC, we have a number of written Academy nominee questionnaires that shed some light on what this experience has been like for several writing nominees, including Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild), David Magee (Life of Pi), Michael Haneke (Amour), John Gatins (Flight) and Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom). Plus, for you shooters in the audience, we’ve even uncovered a few cinematography Academy nominee questionnaires just for you. Here’s an excerpt from Lucy Alibar’s questionnaire about how she found out about her nomination and her initial reaction:
Not surprisingly, Michael Haneke answered his questionnaire very frankly. I personally like what he is most looking forward to on Oscar Night:
All of the nominees were asked to offer others advice, and David Magee’s response was particularly inspiring:
To read these questionnaires in full, as well as the questionnaires of the other writers plus cinematographers Seamus McGarvey (Anna Karenina) and Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi), check out the links below:
- Lucy Alibar, co-writer, Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Michael Haneke, writer/director, Amour
- David Magee, writer, Life of Pi
- John Gatins, writer, Flight
- Roman Coppola, co-writer, Moonrise Kingdom
- Seamus McGarvey, director of photography, Anna Karenina
- Claudio Miranda, director of photography, Life of Pi
These are all of the writer and cinematographer nominee questionnaires that are currently available. You can find more nominee questionnaires by clicking on the nomination links at the Oscar nominees website hosted by ABC and scrolling down the page, but not all nominees completed questionnaires as evidenced by the list above, and I couldn’t find one location with a list of the all of the questionnaires. In other words, some spelunking is required.
And if you haven’t already done so, make sure you check out all of the nominated screenplays while they are still posted online.
Do you find any of the nominees’ questionnaires particularly revealing, moving, inspirational? Share your thoughts with us in the Comments.
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