Stop Trying to Win An Oscar
by Matt Joseph Misetich
Many years ago, in the quasi-rebellious suburbs of Los Angeles, I read somewhere that the first thing you should do before starting a screenplay is write your Oscar acceptance speech. It was the opening paragraph in one of the six billion books on screenwriting. I figured it had to be good advice.
And you know what? I did it. I wrote my Oscar speech, I wrote the script, and would later win an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Twice.
. . . please. I thought that recommendation was just as ridiculous when I was 17 as I do now.
Inevitably, the cat will slip and fall. All that matters is how he (or she) lands.
The intent is genuine, though. By many counts admirable. The point, of course, is . . . .
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