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There was lots of drama on stage at the Oscars this year, but here at WriteMovies we prefer to focus on the films themselves. So, here’s what we learned at the 2022 Oscars…

  • CODA took home Best Adapted Screenplay, in addition to a well-deserved win for Best Picture. Focusing on the child of deaf adults, it’s clear that people are becoming increasingly aware and interested in deafness – especially with deaf actor Troy Kotsur also picking up Best Supporting Actor. CODA is also not the only recent Oscar winner about deafness: THE SILENT CHILD won Best Live Action Short Film in 2017. Find an important subject for your script that people are passionate about – and that you’re passionate about yourself – and success can follow.
  • That was what Kenneth Branagh did for BELFAST, which was the other winner in the writing categories and took home Best Original Screenplay. A deeply personal project for Branagh that he described as his “most personal film”, we can see the value of not merely chasing the latest trends but writing something that matters to you as a writer. BELFAST is open and honest – and was recognised for its writing as a result.
  • The big winner of the night was DUNE, which won six awards in mostly technical categories. DUNE obviously benefits from being an adaptation of one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time, but its success also shows the enduring popularity of sci-fi through the years. Also nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, this is a genre that can achieve both critical and commercial acclaim. If you want to make the most of this fact yourself, don’t forget to enter our Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award, which opened for submissions this week!
  • It’s always fun to talk about the winners, but let’s take some time to think about the films that missed out. THE POWER OF THE DOG undoubtedly underwhelmed, winning only Best Director for Jane Campion from no fewer than twelve nominations – and Netflix will probably be frustrated, after multiple attempts to be the first streaming service to win Best Picture, to see Apple TV beat them to it. It still indicates a shift in perceptions though; the pandemic has changed the way academy voters view the credibility of streaming.

What were your thoughts on the winners at the 2022 Oscars? Let us know – and if you think you can do better, enter the WriteMovies 2022 Screenwriting Contest or the WriteMovies Sci-Fi and Fantasy Award to get your work into the hands of top producers and industry execs!

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