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Bruin screenwriter wins Oscar for 'Milk'

Dustin Lance Black, backstage moments after receiving an Oscar for writing the screenplay of Milk.  -  Photo courtesy of Oscars.org.Taking home an Oscar Sunday night, Feb. 22, for best original screenplay was UCLA alumnus Dustin Lance Black, whose arduous research on and writing of the screenplay for "Milk" finally propelled the long-stalled biopic project to the screen.

Black, who earned his B.A. degree in 1996 from the School of Theater, Film and Television, talked to Senior Writer David Chute of the School of Theater, Film and Television back in November about his struggle to get the project going, why he felt so passionately about bringing the story of assasinated gay right's activist Harvey Milk to the screen, and what he learned from his extensive research about the real Harvey Milk.

In his acceptance speech, Black recalled first learning about Milk and said the story gave him "hope that one day I could live my life openly."

Read the full article or listen to the Q&A with Black here.
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