It's also educational to see how the film clips play in the room. Warmest response by far: The King's Speech, which as a British film had to be added to the American narrative list of ten for a special award (along with doc Waiting for Superman). Was that for the movie or Colin Firth, who smiled at the screen over the back of his chair? Hard to say. I enjoyed meeting that film's screenwriter, ex-stammerer David Seidler, who's been writing for television in L.A. for 30 years. It took the warning bell of a cancer diagnosis to drive him to write the story that had always been his passion. (He's clean now.) He's writing a movie about a female Lawrence of Arabia, Lady Hester Stanhope, who organized 19th century Arabian nomads 100 years earlier.
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Kirk Douglas gave a moving speech on the occasion of an honorary award for Spartacus, reminding those in the room of what it means to stand up for what is right, against the tenor of the time. He singlehandedly broke the Hollywood blacklist by putting Hollywood Ten screenwriter Dalton Trumbo's real name on the film.
The studio heads drive themselves to these functions; both Rothman and Sony's Michael Lynton walked along Doheny to where they had parked their cars. Waiting for the valet is a waste of time.