Being seen as having expected to win isn't the only concern that holds actors back from committing pen to paper. A superstitious lot already, actors don't like to think too hard about winning for fear of jinxing their chances. But former political speechwriter Dan Gerstein, who is now president and founder of the speechwriting and ghostwriting firm Gotham Ghostwriters, says that preparation on some level is crucial. "There's a difference between being prepared and being presumptuous. If you're one of a few nominees for a major award, you're definitely not being presumptuous. Someone already thinks you're good enough to win."
Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times