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5 Ways to Write an Awards Contender

5 Ways to Write an Awards Contender

This story appeared in OscarWrap: Director/Best Picture/Screenplay/Animation. What was it that Leo Tolstoy said? “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” But what may be true about happy families is not so true about happy –which is to say, good — screenplays. Even Leo would have to see that Tom Stoppard’s screenplay for last year’s adaptation of Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina” (the book from which that quote came) was good in a wildly different way from the S.N. Behrman/Clemence Dane/Salka Viertel screenplay for the 1935 Greta Garbo version.

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