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"When you hyphenate your name," he says, "It's like you've got yourself and half of me, too."
But to hyphenate or not to hyphenate is often an emotionally charged question.
In a different kind of twist, sometimes a hyphenate's movie is nominated for picture and the only other nom is in the writer category.
In the 1980s and '90s, 48 hyphenates were nominated for screenplay but not director, with four apiece nominated in 1996, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987 and 1982.
While many of the idiosyncrasies in Oscar voting are vague, opaque and mysterious, for hyphenates the answer is mostly a matter of simple mathematics.
The hyphenates most often nominated for both writing and directing are the biggest names in multidisciplinary filmmaking -- Woody Allen, Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese, James L.
Third, a word about hyphenates. If your last name is already hyphenated from your feminist-progressive childhood and you marry a similarly hyphenated other, for the sake of your friends and the cake decorator we encourage you to drop or combine names.
Subjects touched included filmmaking in the '70s ("Not Hollywood's golden age, but at least silver," Bogdanovich said); how talking heads were chosen for "Boffo" ("I thought it would be good to have people who were hyphenates, who wore different hats and had a broader view of the business," Couturie said); and infatuation with film.
These hyphenates aim at a delicate balance: to cater to the needs of a production and a management client -- a mandate that seems conflicting and fraught with peril.
Producers feel at an unfair advantage, due to the hyphenates' ability to manipulate clients in return for credit.