Here are some very neat Academy Award links for writers, thanks to the folks at the Gotham Writer’s Workshop, http://www.writingclasses.com/mailing.php?id=2008. There are hoopla links to articles in Variety and the New York Times, links on books compiling the history (and “secret history”) of the Academy Awards, as well as info on Gotham’s online courses in screenwriting and writing for TV. (Note: I have not taken any of their courses so I cannot comment on them one way or another).
What I appreciated most is the list of Academy Award winning screenplays from 1928 to the present. Quite a few have links to PDF files you can click on and study: http://www.simplyscripts.com/oscar_winners.html. Those who have followed this blog know I am a huge fan of screen-writing, and though I do not (yet) aspire to do it, I can think of few better places to study plot structure.
Speaking of which, I happened on a great quote on the difference between story and plot from E.M. Forster’s, Aspects of the Novel:
A story is a narrative of events arranged in their time sequence. A plot is also a narrative of events, the emphasis falling on causality. “The king died, and then the queen died” is a story. “The king died and the queen died of grief” is a plot.
I’ll be out of town for much of Sunday, but I hope to make it back in time for the awards. This year in particular, I’m interested in some of the movies, writers and actors.