At the 1982 Academy Awards, British screenwriter Colin Welland, who penned the hit film "Chariots of Fire," finished his short acceptance speech with the rallying cry, "The British are coming!"
And so they were. "Chariots of Fire", about two British Olympic Games heroes, won four Oscars, including best picture. And the following year, "Gandhi," whose co-producers, director and stars were British, took best picture honors.
But "Chariots of Fire" turned out to be the pinnacle of Welland's writing career. He had just three writing credits on films after that, and several of his proposed projects died in development.