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Life-changing moments do not come much more significant than the one experienced by David McKinnon last Sunday night.

McKinnon, unknown as a director in Tinsel Town, found himself climbing the stage in Hollywood to collect the best live action short film Oscar for his 38-minute movie The Accountant.

Accountancy Age has long argued that what the profession needs is a film or television drama showing accountants as human beings: a This Life or an ER, rather than a Fawlty Towers.

Whether The Accountant is an ideal piece of propaganda is questionable; the eponymous lead character is a hard-drinking, chain-smoking, backwoods accountant. And it hardly came at the right time, post-Enron, though ironically that might have persuaded some of the gong-givers to vote for the film.

If nothing else the last few months have painted accountancy as a colourful profession. Should we now expect a glut of television and film scripts featuring accountants to land on the desks of commissioning editors on this side of the Atlantic some time soon?

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