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Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher defied most pre-Oscar expectations when his Precious script won for best adapted screenplay — with his first nomination to boot.

Conventional wisdom had the Oscar going to Up in the Air, the movie version of the novel by Akron native Walter Kirn. Instead, Fletcher became the first African-American to win a screenplay Oscar.

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And no one seemed more stunned at the turn of events than Fletcher himself, who began his acceptance speech: ”I don’t know what to say.”

He rallied to thank members of his family before finally settling for thanking ”everyone.”

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