“The main thing in writing a movie is to have a good ending.”
Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects)
In terms of the Academy Awards, the morning of the Oscar-nominations in January and the night of the Oscar Awards in March make fitting Hollywood bookends. And it’s a time where the drama isn’t left on the big screen as the debating begins about which movies and people will win alongside speculation on why other movies and people were snubbed.
And some of the best writing happens the night of the Academy Awards like when Thelma & Louise screenwriter Callie Khouri said holding her Oscar statue, “For everyone who wanted to see a happy ending for Thelma and Louise, to me this is it.”
Yesterday after a long conversation with Jason McKinnon of Screenwriting Spark I decided to pull together 50 screenwriting posts that feature Oscar-winners (in no particular order).
1) The Shakespeare of Hollywood (And the first screenwriter to win an Oscar)
5) Screenwriting Quote #143 (Elia Kazan) “Have your central character in every scene…”
15) Screenwriting Quote #54 (Walt Disney) Who’s won more Oscars than anyone.
21) Filmmaking Quote #19 (Robert Towne) “Filmmaking is dictated by fear…”
27) Woman of Steel (Diablo Cody)
32) Filmmaking Quote #27 (Frank Capra) “I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.”
35) Screenwriting & the Little Fat Girl in Ohio (Francis Ford Coppola)
39) 4 Weeks + 8 Years = 1 Oscar ” “Once you start writing, go like hell—but don’t fire till you’re ready.”—William Goldman
45) The Job of Writing Quote by Oscar-winner Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List)
48) Writing “A Beautiful Mind” “I was the worst writer in my seventh grade class.”—Akiva Goldsman
50) How to Become a Successful Screenwriter (Tip #41)—Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine)