Thompson on Hollywood

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has received 6,304 entries for its Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, from which up to five recipients will be granted $30,000 each in November. In its 25th year, the competition welcomed first time entries from Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Uganda and Uruguay. All 50 states and dozens of countries are also represented this year. To be eligible, screenwriters must not have earned over $5,000 from writing for film or TV, entries must be feature length and originally written in English (translations and adaptations are ineligible). Of the 113 fellowships that have been awarded over time, recipients include including 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).

[Photo of 2009 Winners courtesy of AMPAS]