A version of this story on Paul Schrader
first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.
“I have a conflicted feeling,” said Paul Schrader, the screenwriter of “Taxi Driver
” and “Raging Bull
,” who has received the first Oscar nomination of his career for “First Reformed
.” “You’ve lived your whole life feeling that awards are not important — but then you get an award and you think, ‘Well, maybe it is important.'”
When Schrader was writing those classic films for Martin Scorsese
, or directing work like “American Gigolo
” and “Hardcore
,” though, the awards landscape was far different.
“This Oscar mania is a post-Harvey Weinstein
thing,” he said. “I remember I went to the Oscars for ‘Taxi Driver
’ [which was nominated for Best Picture, but not for its screenplay], and I didn’t feel well, so I got up and left in the middle. There were no parties afterwards, there was nothing. And now Oscar is a three-month event.