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Oscar nominations: 'Social Network' scripter Aaron Sorkin having a bromance with 'King's Speech' writer David Seidler

January 25, 2011 |  8:46 am


Aaron Sorkin might be under the weather at the moment, but he's suddenly feeling much better -- thanks to his Oscar nomination for writing the screenplay for best picture nominee "The Social Network." "It’s just great," Sorkin said of being nominated. "It really lives up to the hype. It feels exactly the way you wanted it to feel. I think it was a great year for movies. And I’m vocationally biased. I think it was the year of the screenplay. I could make an argument for any of these 10 movies to win best picture."

He said he approached writing the drama about the founding of Facebook as he would any other project. It's just that this script has turned out to have an especially charmed life, something he said he could have never imagined.

"Honest to God," Sorkin said, "if you sit down to write something [with the idea of] 'You know what? I’m going to write an Oscar-nominated film,' it’s a recipe for disaster. I write for what I like, my friends write and my father like, and I keep my fingers crossed that enough other people will like it that I can keep doing this for a living."

As for how he plans to celebrate, Sorkin said, "I’m going to return a lot of really nice e-mails. I’m going to do some normal things. I’m about to take my daughter to school."

But he said he has been having a blast on the awards season circuit. "Are you kidding me? It’s been a lot of fun. Anyone who tells you it’s a lot of work isn’t having enough fun in show business. Plus, I really like the food at those dinners. I’m a big fan of rubber chicken. I’ve got incredibly discerning taste," he teased. Then, he added on a more serious note, "But no, I get to see everybody else from the movie again, and we’ve all gotten really close. I also get to see everybody else from the other movies."

He even has one favorite new friend, David Seidler, screenwriter of "The King's Speech."

"We’re having a bromance," Sorkin confessed. "I love him, and I love his screenplays."

-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Aaron Sorkin. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times