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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 23, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Confessions of an Oscar virgin

For those who enjoy behind-the-scenes tales of what it’s like to be a more-or-less regular person who suddenly finds himself nominated for an Oscar, here’s a charming one, from “The King’s Speech” screenwriter David Seidler for the Los Angeles Times. The 73-year-old writer is a first-time nominee, and writes about the perils of choosing a tuxedo (rent or buy?), the poignancy of realizing that he does not look like Colin Firth, and some unexpected new friends:

New friendships came my way. Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter of “The Social Network,” generously reached out and we became new best e-mail friends. My favorite exchange was when he admitted going on a date with a woman who wanted to see “The King’s Speech.” He took her. Paid for two tickets. I told him he was shameless and would do anything no matter how demeaning for female companionship. He replied that it was probably true. I replied that I’d be happy to date someone who was actually young enough to know what Facebook was. He didn’t reply. We’re still friends though.

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