BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
It’s the category I look forward to most each year.
A screenwriter(s) gets an idea and spends countless hours perfecting every moment. Slowly, the story takes shape and the characters come alive. The first draft gets sent out to family and friends. To producers and actors. The reviews are all positive but the screenwriter is still critical. Rewrites. The very measure of the dedication it takes to succeed as a screenwriter.
A new draft makes it’s way into the right hands and hundreds of passionate artists from all corners of the industry make it their own. A collaboration. One tiny idea backed by the passion and commitment of many becomes a film.
It’s released to the world and people relate to the story. Professionals love it. Critics love it. Audiences love it. Fans around the world discuss all the little details so carefully put in place. Every word counts. Every ounce of sweat poured into each sentence is on the screen. A new classic.
Oscar night arrives. The competition is tough. The envelope is opened. The winner is…
To me, this story is less about the award and more about the inspiring feeling I get when I watch The Academy Awards each year. Best original screenplay. A screenwriter’s dream. It’s a worthy goal but I like to focus more on the passion that leads to the accomplishment.
A good idea is one of the most exciting events in the life of any creative individual. But a good idea is only as good as the passion you summon to fan the flames. Imagine having the freedom to write anything you want. Imagine having the ability to hone your craft and make your screenplay great. You can. It may not win an Oscar but dedicating yourself to your script certainly doesn’t make things worse. Everything you need is staring back at you when you look at a blank page.
It’s an inspiring thought isn’t it?