With his fast-paced, whip smart dialogue, Aaron Sorkin burst onto the scene in 1992 with the adaptation of his play A Few Good Men. A few years later, the pivotal television series The West Wing would confirm him as one of Hollywood's most essential and exacting voices. We've compiled some of our favorite clips of Sorkin's work below, including his clever, self-effacing cameo on 30 Rock.
For your chance to meet Aaron Sorkin at this year's festival, be sure to submit to our TV or Film Screenplay Competitions: the winners will attend a Mentor's Brunch with the Screenwriters Tribute himself in June.
"You Can't Handle the Truth," A Few Good Men
This Jack Nicholson shutdown is one for the record books.
"Why Are We Changing Maps?" The West Wing
C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) learns the unsavory truth behind American cartography in this slow-burning exchange.
"I Don't Think I Will," Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip
A quintessential Sorkin spat.
"Guys That Row Crew," The Social Network
Another exemplary instance of two characters in combat through dialogue, which served as the opening scene in Sorkin's Academy Award-winning script.
"Tonight's Top Story," The Newsroom
An acerbic critique of today's society delivered in alternative monologue form.
"Walk With Me," 30 Rock
Sorkin handles the self-parody with ease.