Brad Bird, best original screenplay, best animated feature, 'Ratatouille'

On the value of writing: “Everyone has to recognize that it all begins with the story. I am a member of the writers guild and believe in everything they’re striking for. I’m also a director. I’m hoping we can get on with the show.”<br>
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Can the Oscars heal the rifts caused by the strike? "I hope so. We were making a film that takes place in France [and a lot of people wondered] how could we possibly get that right? The French will never welcome a film from an American trying to capture France. But we did great in France and France sort of surprised and delighted us."<br>
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On the mood in Hollywood: "I feel like we’d been locked in a stare-down and then with the directors guild [tentative settlement], it feels like there is some movement. That is an optimistic thing. I would like to think that people can sit down at a table and talk. The directors guild proved that it can happen. But I do think they probably wouldn’t have had an easy time if the writers guild hadn’t been willing to take it on the chin and do the right thing.”<br>
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-- <i>Robert Welkos, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer</i>
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On the value of writing: “Everyone has to recognize that it all begins with the story. I am a member of the writers guild and believe in everything they’re striking for. I’m also a director. I’m hoping we can get on with the show.”

Can the Oscars heal the rifts caused by the strike? "I hope so. We were making a film that takes place in France [and a lot of people wondered] how could we possibly get that right? The French will never welcome a film from an American trying to capture France. But we did great in France and France sort of surprised and delighted us."

On the mood in Hollywood: "I feel like we’d been locked in a stare-down and then with the directors guild [tentative settlement], it feels like there is some movement. That is an optimistic thing. I would like to think that people can sit down at a table and talk. The directors guild proved that it can happen. But I do think they probably wouldn’t have had an easy time if the writers guild hadn’t been willing to take it on the chin and do the right thing.”

-- Robert Welkos, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

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