Academy Nicholl Fellowship Winning Scripts

Click the links below to read some of scripts that won the writers their Academy Nicholl Fellowships.  Since the program’s inception in 1986, 17 Academy Nicholl-winning scripts have been produced.

Gabrielle Burton: “The Imperial Waltz”

Gabrielle won the Fellowship in 2000. This is Gabrielle’s Academy Nicholl entry script. Read

John Ciarlo

John Ciarlo: “Bend in the River”

John won his Fellowship in 2002 with this script titled "Bend in the River." This is John's Academy Nicholl entry script. Read

Destin Cretton: "Short Term 12"

Directed by Destin and starring Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr., "Short Term 12" opened theatrically on August 23, 2013. This is Destin's Academy Nicholl entry script. Read

Greg Dawless

Greg Dawless: “One Hour Development”

Greg received his Fellowship in 2001 after entering this script titled "One Hour Development." This is Greg's Academy Nicholl entry script. Read

Jodi Johnson

Jodi Johnson: “Mama & Me”

Jodi was awarded her Fellowship in 1993 for her script titled "Mama & Me." This is Jodi's Academy Nicholl entry script. Read

Ehren Kruger

Ehren Kruger – “Arlington Road”

Starring Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack and Hope Davis, ”Arlington Road” opened theatrically on July 7, 1999. This is Ehren’s Academy Nicholl entry script. Read

Daniel Lawrence: “The Gaza Golem”

Daniel won his Fellowship in 2004 with "The Gaza Golem." This is Daniel's Academy Nicholl entry script. Read

Jason Micallef: “Butter”

Directed by Jim Field Smith and starring Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone and Hugh Jackman, Butter opened theatrically in October 2012. This is Jason's Academy Nicholl entry script. Read

Jim McGlynn

Dawn O’Leary – “Island of Brilliance”

Directed by Melissa Painter and starring Lauren Ambrose, Amy Madigan, Christopher Lloyd and John Savage, "Admissions" (its release title) premiered at the 2004 Mill Valley Film Festival. This is Dawn’s Academy Nicholl entry script. Read