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Vulture’s Post-Oscar Career Planner

What wisdom do we hope this year's nominees, snubbed hopefuls, and breakout stars take away from one of the most exciting awards races in recent memory?

By Mark Graham, Lane Brown and Logan Hill

Norman Mailer, Warhol's Inverse, Helped Invent Modern Fame

It's safe to say, now, that Norman Mailer did not become the heavyweight champion of fiction — safe to say because he's no longer around to take a swing at you with his cane. Even in his last year, Mailer would vigorously defend his reputation if he heard something he didn't like. After this magazine recently published an innocuous chart chronicling his many highly entertaining feuds, he called to deliver a loud, hearing-challenged verbal pummeling. But, though he doubtless wouldn't fully concede the point, even he must have realized that his greatest work was not fiction.