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Nicholls Fellowship in Screenwriting Winners

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 20, 2010 at 6:35AM

The five winners of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 25th annual Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are listed below. Each will receive $30,000 (in installments) at a gala dinner on November 4. Of the 6,304 submissions, the Nicholls Committee (made up of chairperson and producer Gale Anne Hurd; writers Naomi Foner, Daniel Petrie, Jr., Tom Rickman and Dana Stevens; actor Eva Marie Saint; cinematographers John Bailey and Steven B. Poster; executive Bill Mechanic; producers Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro; and agent Ronald R. Mardigian) chose the five winners who will each complete a feature length script during their fellowship year.
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Thompson on Hollywood


The five winners of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 25th annual Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting are listed below. Each will receive $30,000 (in installments) at a gala dinner on November 4. Of the 6,304 submissions, the Nicholls Committee (made up of chairperson and producer Gale Anne Hurd; writers Naomi Foner, Daniel Petrie, Jr., Tom Rickman and Dana Stevens; actor Eva Marie Saint; cinematographers John Bailey and Steven B. Poster; executive Bill Mechanic; producers Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro; and agent Ronald R. Mardigian) chose the five winners who will each complete a feature length script during their fellowship year.

Of the 113 fellowships that have been awarded over time, recipients include Oscar nominee Susannah Grant ("The Soloist," "Erin Brockovich"), Doug Atchison ("Akeelah and the Bee"), Mike Rich ("The Rookie," "Finding Forrester"), Ehren Kruger ("Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Ring") and Andrew Marlowe ("Air Force One"), and more.

Destin Daniel Cretton, San Diego, CA, "Short Term 12"

Marvin Krueger, North Hollywood, CA, "And Handled with a Chain"

Andrew Lanham, Austin, TX, "The Jumper of Maine"

Micah Ranum, Beverly Hills, CA, "A Good Hunter"

Cinthea Stahl, North Hollywood, CA, "Identifying Marks."

[Photo of 2009 Winners courtesy of AMPAS]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.