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Screenwriting guru Robert McKee on this year's Oscar contenders
Screenwriting guru Robert McKee on this year's Oscar contenders

Moviegoers who saw the twisty, Charlie Kaufman-penned meta-film "Adaptation" will recall that a hammy, tough-talking screenwriting guru named Robert McKee guided one of the characters to writing a cliche-ridden script that sold for an exorbitant amount of money. In real life, McKee, an actual screenwriting teacher who has lectured some 100,000 writers at multi-day seminars over the past three decades, has also had his share of successful pupils (though he advises them against cliches). Among this year's crop of Academy Award-nominated films, 11 were worked on in some capacity by McKee seminar alumni, including Billy Ray, who wrote "Captain Phillips"; Terence...

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