USA Today, of all places, has an article full of links
to all the Oscar-nominated screenplays. Check'em out. What did you learn?
The following list shows how you can break "screenwriting rules" on page 1 and still get an Oscar Nomination:
In the Loop:
Sloppy punctuation and spelling errors from page 2 onwards
A Single Man:
“George is walking in the snow…” Lots of present continuous here.
A Serious Man:
Times New Roman, non-standard format, Uses camera directions esp. ‘angle’, We cut down to street level, etc.
The Last Station:
“In the distance we can hear voices…”
Voiceover is king of the world!
12-line action block. Hornby’s a novelist, eh.
The White Ribbon:
Starts with present continuous and uses “we see,” “we hear”, etc., throughout the first page.
One “we see” on the first page, but it is especially awful: “Here, for the first time, we see…”
CAMERA and WIDE ANGLE ON
The Hurt Locker:
“We approach…” is used once.
The Blind Side:
“We read a subtitle…”
There were no errors at the beginning of Crazy Heart.
That was really funny. Genius, even. Good thing I've never come even close to one of those numbers. (In this lifetime of course.)
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