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Oscar-Winning Romcom Wordsearch

Bringing together Valentine’s Day and Award Season, have a little film fun with this wordsearch! Each of these romcoms has won at least one Oscar, and some of them have won so many awards that I’ve only listed one or two.

(Silver Linings) Playbook – 2012 Best Actress

Shakespeare (In Love) – 1998 Best Picture

As Good (As It Gets) – 1997 Best Actor, Best Actress

Emma – 1996 Best Original Music

(Mighty) Aphrodite – 1995 Best Actress

(Mrs) Doubtfire – 1993 Best Makeup

Working (Girl) – 1988 Best Music

Moonstruck – 1987 Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress

Tootsie – 1982 Best Supporting Actress

Arthur – 1981 Best Supporting Actor, Best Music

Heaven (Can Wait) – 1978 Best Art Direction

Annie Hall – 1977 Best Picture

(The) Goodbye (Girl) – 1977 Best Actor

A Touch (of Class) – 1973 Best Actress

(The) Graduate – 1967 Best Directing

Guess Who’s (Coming To Dinner) – 1967 Best Actress

(The) Apartment – 1960 Best Motion Picture

Some Like (It Hot) – 1959 Best Costume Design

Gigi – 1958 Best Motion Picture

Roman (Holiday) – 1953 Best Actress

(The) Philadelphia (Story) – 1940 Best Screenplay

(It Happened) One Night – 1934 Outstanding Production

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How many of these romcoms have you seen? What’s next on your “to watch” list?

… and if you want to look up what Oscar wins any film has won, here’s a link to the Oscar Awards Database: https://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/?search=Basic

Cheers & a good shoot or writing session to you,

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Bring on the Oscar Parties!

blktiPlanning an Oscar party? Oh yeah!

Here are a couple of ideas to get you started. Start with the dress code to set the tone.


  • Black tie (fun!)
  • Creative black tie (more fun!)
  • Dress as your favourite movie character from a movie that won an Oscar (wacky!)

It’s all about the competition! Choose, debate and choose again…

  • Best dressed on the red carpet
  • Most creative outfit on the red carpet
  • Best commercial
  • Best acceptance speech
  • Best performed song
  • Most embarrassing moment


  • The “Parallel Oscars” Competition – The ol’ standard Oscar night game: hand out the nomination sheets before or at the start of the party to guests to guess who’ll win; watch and see who guessed the most correct Oscar wins. It’s fun to discuss why you made the choices you made.
  • The “Whatcha Get?” Game – If your guests haven’t seen many of the Oscar noms, perhaps instead do a random draw for each nomination to determine each person’s nomination sheet. Less competition between guests, but just as fun.
  • Pick up a plastic Oscar statuette from a local party shop and present it to the party winner

Then all you need is good food (finger foods, of course) and drink (how about ginger ale served in plastic champagne flutes?) and enjoy Oscar night!

What ideas are you planning?

Cheers and a good Oscar party to you,

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Deb Patz is the author of “Film Production Management 101” and the upcoming “Write! Shoot! Edit! A Complete Guide to Filmmaking for Teens” both published by MWP Books. It’s no suprise that she loves Oscar night parties.

WHERE IS DEB? (upcoming events and appearances)
Jun.3-7 – Guest instructor – PEI Screenwriter’s Bootcamp, Charlottetown, PEI
Jul.30-Aug.3 – UFVA Conference, Los Angeles, CA

The ABC’s of Oscar (Wordsearch)

Thinking about all the Oscar pools getting underway… how about some wordsearch fun instead? Here are just some of the “ABC” films that have won Oscars over the years:


If you find the secret message within, do share it! All the nominees deserve it!

Cheers & a good awards day to you!