Often the writers are mentioned during an acceptance speech at a major awards show. Many times it is a recognition not always uttered and not always thought about during the celebration.
However, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, for 25 years, has recognized the screenwriter. This award is called The 25th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This year they were awarded to five writers.
The key to this honor is that the competition is open to any individual who has not sold or optioned a screenplay or teleplay for more than $5,000, or received a fellowship or prize that includes a “first look” clause, an option, or any other quid pro quo involving the writer’s work.
Another stipulation is they are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.
The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts
This year’s winners are:
Destin Daniel Cretton, San Diego, Calif., “Short Term 12”
Marvin Krueger, North Hollywood, Calif., “And Handled with a Chain”
Andrew Lanham, Austin, Texas, “The Jumper of Maine”
Micah Ranum, Beverly Hills, Calif., “A Good Hunter”
Cinthea Stahl, North Hollywood, Calif., “Identifying Marks”
Each writer will receive a $30,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on Nov. 4.
The winners were selected from 6,304 scripts submitted.
Since the program’s inception in 1985, 113 fellowships have been awarded, and a number of fellows have achieved considerable success. Mike Rich, a 1998 fellow, wrote “Secretariat,” which opened this month. Susannah Grant, a 1992 fellow, earned an Oscar nomination in 2000 for her “Erin Brockovich” screenplay. Andrew W. Marlowe, a 1992 fellow, created and executive produces ABC’s “Castle,” for which Terri Miller, also a 1992 fellow, is a writer-producer. “City Island,” which was written and directed by 1991 fellow Raymond De Felitta, premiered theatrically in March of this year.
SOURCE: Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.