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Academy Nicholl Fellowships Screenwriting Awards & Live Read

For the first time in its history, the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards featured a live read of selected scenes from the fellows’ winning scripts.  Each winner also received a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which was distributed at the awards ceremony at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Thursday, November 7. 

Directed by Rodrigo Garcia (“Albert Nobbs,” “Mother and Child,” “Nine Lives”) and produced by Julie Lynn ( “Albert Nobbs,” “Mother and Child,” “The Jane Austen Book Club”), the awards presentation and live read, which was supported by Lexus, included members from the Academy’s Actors Branch performing scenes from the five winning scripts. Cast included:

  • Elle Fanning, "Ginger & Rosa," "Super 8," "Somewhere"
  • Taraji P. Henson, Oscar® nominee, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,"
                "The Karate Kid," "Hustle & Flow"
  • Jason Isaacs, "Harry Potter," "Peter Pan," "The Patriot"
  • Anton Yelchin, "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Like Crazy," "Star Trek"

Lexus will engineer a new and innovative extension of the fellowship for the first time. One of the top five winners will be presented with a grant which will allow them to write and produce a short film that will appear on certain Lexus creative platforms such as

In 2013, the Academy Nicholl Fellowships received a record 7,251 entries.  The competition’s 10 finalists were submitted to the 14 members of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, who then selected the winning writers.

This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

  • Frank DeJohn & David Alton Hedges, Santa Ynez, CA, “Legion”
  • Patty Jones, Vancouver, BC, Canada, “Joe Banks”
  • Alan Roth, Suffern, NY, “Jersey City Story”
  • Stephanie Shannon, Los Angeles, CA, “Queen of Hearts”
  • Barbara Stepansky, Burbank, CA, “Sugar in My Veins”

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, chaired by producer Gale Anne Hurd, is composed of writers Naomi Foner, Daniel Petrie Jr., Tom Rickman, Eric Roth, Dana Stevens and Robin Swicord; actor Eva Marie Saint; cinematographer John Bailey; costume designer Vicki Sanchez; producers Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro; marketing executive Buffy Shutt; and agent Ronald R. Mardigian.

Thanks to the generosity of Gee Nicholl, the Academy has been presenting year-long fellowships to talented new screenwriters since 1986.

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Event Information

November 7, 2013
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
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