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Script Special Oscar Issue: The Screenplay Oscars, Part 1 – The Nominees

Download some of this year’s award-season screenplays. At a Beverly Hills Q&A for Captain Phillips, four days before the Oscar® nominations were announced, screenwriter Billy Ray was moved to explain why the competition means so much to him. “It’s not that I’m looking for awards or honors,” he said earnestly. “It’s that I look at...

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Award Season Movie Genres

I’m a big fan of the ten “genres” in Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat books. I personally believe successful movies nearly always can be seen to fit clearly into one of these ten types of stories. (They have five subtypes each – see this chart with movie examples.) In my view, working within one...

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Get Your Downloads of Award-Season Screenplays!

The best way to learn how to write an award-winning screenplay is to read those the industry recognizes as worthy of one. Below you’ll find links to this year’s potential winners. Hopefully, the prose on the page will help you learn a different writing lesson than simply watching the film itself. See which ones...