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Bruce Vilanch

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  • I mean, I've sold all these scripts and nothing's been made. Studios have closed, stars have died. I had a director find Jesus. And the pictures just don't get made.

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  • Generally with the Oscars or the Emmys there isn't much you can do until the nominations are announced. Then you know what kind of year you're dealing with - what's been overlooked, what the issues are.

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  • Eddie Izzard is absolutely brilliant. I would love to write something for him.

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  • It's really live television, the way God meant it to be.

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  • What makes me laugh? Richard Nixon always made me laugh.

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  • I do a lot of screen re-writing.

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  • I've written about 15 screenplays and they all sold - they were all sold on pitches.

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  • It's the biggest party in the world, and you have to keep the whole thing percolating, which is difficult because a lot of awards most people don't care about.

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  • I write screenplays that don't get made and pilots that don't get picked up, and I re-write other people's movies, and those are all different kinds of fees.

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  • I mean, when I started out I was billing per hour, like a shrink because you would sit with somebody and work. But most of it, if it's for a live show it's usually a buy-out. A flat fee.

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  • They make a humongous profit, but the people that work on the shows don't get paid a lot because they're working on the Oscars show. It's the biggest show in the world.

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