Actors Zoey Deutch, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Rodrigo Santoro and Vince Vaughn will perform a live reading of selected scenes from this year’s five winning scripts at the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on Thursday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Effie Brown (“Dear White People”) returns to produce, and Rodrigo Garcia (“Mother and Child”) returns to direct for the fifth consecutive year.
Deutch recently starred in the feature film “Before I Fall.” Her credits include “Rebel in the Rye,” “Why Him?,” “Everybody Wants Some!,” “Dirty Grandpa,” “Vampire Academy,” “Beautiful Creatures” and the upcoming “Flower,” “The Year of Spectacular Men” and “Set It Up.”
Mbatha-Raw most recently starred in “Beauty and the Beast” and the television series “Black Mirror.” Next she’ll be appearing in "God Particle" and “A Wrinkle in Time,” both scheduled for release in early 2018. Other credits include “Miss Sloane,” “Beyond the Lights” and “Belle.”
Santoro currently stars in the HBO series “Westworld” and recently completed work on the Cuban feature film “1989.” His other feature credits include the critically acclaimed “Heleno,” “The 33,” “Focus,” “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Love Actually.”
An actor, producer and screenwriter, Vaughn is widely known for his leading roles in “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Wedding Crashers” and “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.” His other credits include “The Internship,” “The Break-Up,” “Into the Wild” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Most recently he starred in “Brawl in Cell Block 99.”
Presenters for the evening’s program are five members of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee: producer Julia Chasman (“25th Hour”), writer Larry Karaszewski (“The People vs. O.J. Simpson”) animation director Jennifer Yuh Nelson (“Kung Fu Panda 3”), writer Misan Sagay (“Belle”) and producer Robert Shapiro (“Empire of the Sun”).
Earlier this month four individual screenwriters and one writing team were selected from 7,102 entries as winners of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The winners are (listed alphabetically by author):
Vigil Chime, “Bring Back Girl” (New York, NY)
SJ Inwards, “Jellyfish Summer” (Marina del Rey, CA)
Max Lance and Jen Bailey, “The Queen of Sleaze” (Los Angeles, CA)
KG Rockmaker, “Last Days of Winter” (Montclair, NJ)
Cesar Vitale, “The Great Nothing” (Santos, São Paulo, Brazil)
Each of the winners will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Live Read event. Since 1986, 152 Nicholl fellowships have been awarded. Fellowships are presented with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.
Admission to the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read is free. Advance tickets are recommended, and are available here.