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Though I never got to see the film in theaters, one of my favorite scripts that I read from this past year was Chris Sparling's Buried. Set entirely in an entombed wooden box, the story was more thrilling than it had any right to be and was incredibly engrossing. Sadly, however, Sparling may have just screwed himself out of Oscar consideration.
EW has gotten its hands on a letter sent by the writer to voters in the Academy asking that they consider his script for the Best Original Screenplay category. The problem? Sending letters to voters extolling the virtues of a specific film. Check out an excerpt from the letter below to see if it qualifies:
It would seem as though Sparling is screwed, but perhaps this was his plan all along. The Oscars rarely recognize genre films and Buried would have very little chance of being acknowledged anyway. Meanwhile, here I am writing an article about the film and letting Sparling's message be heard by a wide audience. If it is indeed a PR move, then all I have to say is "Bravo."