The mystery of the Oscars: How do you really vote for a script?

This is a story about the screenwriting Oscars and who'll probably lose them. But in order to tell it, let's go back to the 1983 Oscars, when the five original screenplay nominees were Diner, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Gandhi, An Officer And A Gentleman and Tootsie.

Prose that forced us to pause, put down her book - and think

YOU need to be able to read to be able to read. Especially if Toni Morrison did the writing. I at least thought I knew what it was for my eyes to sail across and down a page, through a flight of description or a feat of characterisation.