|Born||Diana Lynn Ossana
St. Louis, Missouri
|Occupation||Screenwriter, producer, novelist|
Diana Lynn Ossana is an American writer who has collaborated on writing screenplays, teleplays, and novels with author Larry McMurtry since they first worked together in 1992, on the semi-fictionalized biography Pretty Boy Floyd. She won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar or Academy Award, a Writers' Guild of America Award, a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for her screenplay of Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, along with McMurthy and adapted from the short story of the same name by Annie Proulx. She is a published author in her own right of several short stories and essays.
Life and career
Ossana first read the Annie Proulx short story Brokeback Mountain in the October 13, 1997 issue of The New Yorker magazine. She immediately urged her writing partner McMurtry to read it and asked him if he felt they could write a screenplay based upon the story. McMurtry agreed they could. They wrote Proulx asking her for an option to the short story in order to write a screenplay. Proulx replied that although she did not see the potential for a movie in the story, she would agree to their option. Ossana and McMurtry proceeded to write the script, which they completed in early 1998. Ossana's and McMurtry's screenplay for Brokeback Mountain won the Academy Award for Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay, the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and the Writers Guild of America Award. Ossana, a producer on the film, also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama and a Best Film award (shared with James Schamus) for Best Film. The film was released in the United States in December 2005. Brokeback received widespread critical acclaim and it won the Golden Lion (Best Film) award at the Venice Film Festival, a Best Film award at the BAFTA Awards, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture - Drama. As a producer, Ossana joined cast and crew during the three months of shooting in Canada.
Ossana was born to an Italian immigrant father and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Eastern New Mexico University, where she double majored in english and political science, and moved to Arizona in 1977. She currently resides in Texas.
Awards and nominations
BAFTA Film Awards
Golden Globe Awards
- 2005: Best Film, Brokeback Mountain
- 2005: Best Screenplay - Adapted, Brokeback Mountain
- Diana Ossana on IMDb
- HTML version of production notes for Brokeback Mountain (with an interview with Ossana about the film and some biographical information)
- Guide to the Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana papers at Rice University (with some background information)
- "My Time on Brokeback Mountain" (Essay by Diana Osanna on advocate.com, January 2006)