The nominations are out and how do they impact us as writers

This morning the Oscar nominations where announced, and while most people pay attention to the categories of best supporting actor/actress, best actor/actress, and best picture, it is best to say as writers we should pay attention to the following categories: best original screenplay, best adapted screenplay, and best director. We should pay attention to the following as well as best live action short film, best documentary short subject, and best documentary feature. I’ll even throw in best picture as well as to what should be paying attention to.

Granted, I usually watch the Oscars and at first, it was to see the dresses that the women would wear, and to see which stars got to take home the Academy Awards, but in more recent years I have turned my attention to the writers that are nominated in the categories listed above. As someone once said the best live action short film nominees are usually first timers to making a film, and they usually go one to make the big motion pictures. These directors and writers are storytellers.

As I have mentioned on here before, or maybe I haven’t but I will now, every writer has their own unique background, and each writer chooses what path that they want to be on. But if you want to be a screenwriter, then you should pay attention to the categories of original screenplay and best adapted screenplay. Then see if you can find copies of those screenplays as well as the work that it was adapted on or based on, and study it so that you know what made them great or what you should be including in your screenplays.

I know that not every writer wants to win an academy award, but I say why not? Shouldn’t we dream big with our aspirations as writers? Since every story starts at the desk of a writer, like my own or even your desk. We should dream about winning awards just like actors and actresses do but even take it a step further in that if it was not for writers, actors and actresses would probably not have a job. Sometimes even directors for that matter either depending on who the writer is.

We as writers matter, and we should be paying attention to what our fellow writers, screenwriters, and storytellers are doing.

Here are the nominees for Best Original Screenplay:

“The Big Sick,” Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh

Here are the nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” James Ivory

“The Disaster Artist,” Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

“Logan,” Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

“Molly’s Game,” Aaron Sorkin

“Mudbound,” Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Here are the nominees for Best Director:

“Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan

“Get Out,” Jordan Peele

“Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig

“Phantom Thread,” Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

The complete list of nominees can be found at https://www.oscars.org

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