Aaron Sorkin: Oscar win like being hit with bat

Writer Aaron Sorkin arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.
Chris Pizzello

LOS ANGELES - Ever wondered what it's like to be on the receiving end of the statement, "And the Oscar goes to"?

Aaron Sorkin, who won the "Best Adapted Screenplay" Academy Award for the film "The Social Network," shared his impression of his Oscar moment on "The Early Show."

"It's a surreal experience. It's like being hit in the head with the world's greatest baseball bat," he said. "It really is. You have cartoon stars and birds floating around your head. And it's honestly, it's only now, and I don't know if your viewers know right now, just a little past 4:00 a.m. (in Los Angeles) ... that it's really starting to sink in and I'm starting to remember pieces of it. Frankly, I couldn't tell you what I did or said when I was on stage yet."

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Sorkin, who didn't have a Facebook account before he started work on the movie, said he's currently not on the social network.

"I barely heard of Facebook (before the film)," he said. "I heard of it, but I heard of it the way I heard of a carburetor. I can't possibly put it in my car, let alone tell you what it does. I got a Facebook account while I was working on the movie so I could understand what the whole thing was about. I took it down after I was done writing the movie. So many people last night said, 'Be my Facebook friend' that I think I will join just so I could be friends."

So what's next for the Oscar winner?

Sorkin said he's going to start writing again.

"You follow up something like this by just writing as well as you can," he said. "Again, I'll be honest with you, I've spent the last few months being kind of nervous because, knowing that whatever I write next is going to be the thing that I do after 'The Social Network' and I've even been writing back and forth with David Seidler who won last night for writing 'The King's Speech' and we've been talking about, you know, what do we do now? We're just -- whatever we do next we're going to get killed for, because it won't be this thing that we did last time. We both just agreed, just let's keep doing what we did at the beginning, and just write as well as we can."

Nancy O'Dell, Special Correspondent for "Entertainment Tonight," who covered Oscar night red carpet arrivals, remarked on "The Early Show" that reaching a younger audience was the show's very public intention this year, but the placement of 94-year-old screen legend Kirk Douglas "was kind of odd."

Sorkin also commented on acting legend Kirk Douglas' appearance, saying, "He is a stroke victim and he was beautiful last night. He's got a phenomenal acting career. He's also the guy I think of who has a lot of responsibility for breaking the Hollywood blacklist (of people alleged in some quarters to be Communist sympathizers). And a lot of people don't know that. With 'Spartacus' He insisted that the writer's name go on the movie, even though that writer had been blacklisted and that really was what made the wall come crumbling down."

Sorkin was referring to blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo who was credited for "Spartacus."