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Oscars 2012: Harvey Weinstein to Piers Morgan, 'movies begin with great writing'

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Speaking with Piers Morgan of CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight Friday night, movie producer Harvey Weinstein talked about the value of good writing in the filmmaking process. The Weinstein Company has won dozens of Academy Awards throughout the years and has three films up for major awards again this year.

Asked what he is proudest of from all of his achievements in producing films, Harvey Weinstein said:

"I'm always proudest that we get writing nominations because to me the movies begin with great writing. When we get those multiple writing nominations that shows me that my production team is doing the right job."

The Artist is up for 10 nominations including Best Picture this year. The movie has an original screenplay by director, Michel Hazanavicius. True to form as Mr. Weinstein calls it, The Artist's screenplay is nominated for Best Writing -- Original Screenplay at this year's Oscars.

Another Weinstein movie, My Week With Marilyn, is up for Best Actress for lead thespian, Michelle Williams. Its screenplay by Adrian Hodges, is adapted from two books by Colin Clark -- The Prince, The Showgirl and Me and My Week with Marilyn.

Last year's Best Picture, The King's Speech, also won Best Writing -- Original Screenplay for its writer, David Seidler.

This year's Best Writing -- Adapted Screenplay nominations are:

  • "The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
  • "Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan
  • "The Ides of March"Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
  • "Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin
  • "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan

Though Mr. Weinstein does not have a film nominated in this category this year, he will likely be paying attention to who wins. Who knows, maybe one of the writers will script the next Weinstein film and possibly join in the fun of winning Best Picture.

The 84th Academy Awards will be presented live Sunday evening on ABC with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

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