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Oscar has a way of falling in love with first-time scripters, including Chris Terrio (“Argo”), Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine”), Diablo Cody (“Juno”), Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker”) and Geoffrey Fletcher (“Precious”).

But those “freshmen” are sometimes showbiz veterans. That’s certainly true of “Don Jon” writer-director Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The thesp drew on his acting experience to pen the script.

“I wasn’t sitting looking at a computer writing,” Gordon-Levitt says. “I was up on my feet acting. When I would get the scene to a version that I like then I would go back to the keyboard and write it down. My writing process was not dissimilar from my acting process. I was basically doing the same thing except a few steps earlier.”

Cormac McCarthy, on the other hand, is a veteran novelist but “The Counselor” is his first screenplay. The script and picture have polarized critics, »

- Addie Morfoot

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