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ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES REVEALS WINNING NICHOLL SCREENWRITERS. Scripts to be performed at live read in November.

Four individuals and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2022 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.  Each individual and writing team will receive a $35,000 prize and mentorship from an Academy member throughout their fellowship year.  They also will be featured at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards and Live Read on November 9 at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, where an ensemble of actors will read selected scenes from the winning scripts.  The Nicholl Fellowships was established in 1985 through the support of Gee Nicholl in memory of her husband Don Nicholl.

The 2022 winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

Jennifer Archer (Springwater, Ontario, Canada), “Into the Deep Blue”
Nick Bennet is rebuilding his life after the death of his mom, a DUI, and mandatory grief counseling.  Together with Fiona, his fiery best friend from therapy, they navigate the waters of grief and their growing feelings.

Callie Bloem and Christopher Ewing (Los Angeles, CA), “Tape 22”
A music journalist reeling from the death of his wife discovers a mixtape that brings her back to life for four minutes and 23 seconds a day, exactly the length of her favorite song.  Now he’s determined to bring her back for good even if he might accidentally open a black hole in the middle of L.A.

Sam Boyer (Pasadena, CA), “Ojek”
In Jakarta, a loyal motorcycle taxi driver struggles to build a better life through a deadly new business that tests his transporting talents – and inner humanity.  Think “Drive” in Indonesia.

J.M. Levine (La Crescenta, CA), “Operation Gemini”
After being separated from her newborn twins during the invasion of Kyiv, a mother recruits two civilians to drive her back into war-torn Ukraine to rescue her children before medical supplies run out and the Russian army takes over.  Inspired by a true story.

Timothy Ware-Hill (Orange, NJ), “Tyrone and the Looking Glass”
In Birmingham, AL, 1963, during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, a Negro boy goes on a quest to find the four magical treasures he needs to wield the Looking Glass – the only weapon powerful enough to defeat a three-headed dragon that seeks to destroy him and his loved ones.

A total of 5,526 scripts, from 85 countries, were submitted for this year’s competition.  The first and quarterfinal rounds were judged by industry professionals, including graduates of the Academy’s Diverse Reader Training Workshop, a free referral-only program established to train individuals from underrepresented communities to be story analysts.  The semifinal round was judged by Academy members across the spectrum of the motion picture industry.  Eleven individual screenwriters were selected as finalists.  Their scripts were then read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, who ultimately voted the winners.

The 2022 finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):

Michael Boyle, “8 Habits of Highly Murderous People”
Darcy P. Brislin, “We Sing”
Jake Disch, “The Supremes”
Julian Hooper, “Madame”
S.E. Sinclair, “The Stratford Wife”

The five fellowships are awarded with the understanding that recipients will complete feature-length screenplays during their fellowship year.  The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts.

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by Eric Heisserer (Writers Branch).  The members of the committee are Susan Shopmaker (Casting Directors Branch); John Bailey and Steven Poster (Cinematographers Branch); James Plannette and Stephen Ujlaki (Members-at-Large); Jason Michael Berman, Julia Chasman and Peter Samuelson (Producers Branch); Bobbi Banks (Sound Branch); and Larry Karaszewski, Adele Lim, Zak Penn, Dan Petrie Jr., Katie Silberman and Dana Stevens (Writers Branch).

The 2022 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards and Live Read at the Academy Museum on November 9 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required.  Tickets may be obtained online here starting today.  The Academy Museum is located at 6067 Wilshire Boulevard.

The global competition, which aims to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters, has awarded 176 fellowships since it began in 1986.  In 2022, several past Nicholl fellows added to their feature film and television credits:

• Nikole Beckwith received a Best Screenplay nomination in the Film Independent Spirit Awards for writing “Together Together,” which she also directed.
• Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed and co-wrote, with fellow Andrew Lanham, “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” recently signed on to direct Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.”  Cretton is an executive producer on the HBO Max series “Tokyo Vice.”
• Jacob Estes wrote and directed XYZ Films’ “He’s Watching.”
• Susannah Grant, who was the showrunner on the Netflix miniseries “Unbelievable,” is writing and directing “Lonely Planet” for Netflix.
• John Griffin is the creator of and a writer on the Epix series “From.”
• Terri Edda Miller made Variety’s Women’s Impact Report 2021 for her work as co-showrunner on CBS’s “The Equalizer” with fellow Andrew W. Marlowe.
• Annmarie Morais is co-creator, co-showrunner and a writer on the CBC and BET+ series “The Porter.”
• Ehren Kruger co-wrote Paramount Pictures’ “Top Gun: Maverick.”
• Geeta Malik wrote and directed “India Sweets and Spices,” adapted from her Nicholl-winning script “Dinner with Friends.”  She was selected for the Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop this year.
• Burlee Vang and Abel Vang co-wrote and co-directed “They Live in the Grey.”

For more information about the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, visit oscars.org/nicholl.

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ACADEMY REVEALS WINNING NICHOLL SCREENWRITERS.

Nicholl Fellows to be featured in conversations with Destin Daniel Cretton,
Phil Lord, Our Lady J, Rawson Marshall Thurber and Olivia Wilde
beginning November 8, 2021.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Five individuals have been selected as winners of the 2021 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition.  The fellows will each receive a $35,000 prize and mentorship from an Academy member throughout their fellowship year.  From November 8 to 12, one fellow per day will be featured on the Academy’s YouTube channel, in content including conversations with filmmakers Destin Daniel Cretton, Phil Lord, Our Lady J, Rawson Marshall Thurber and Olivia Wilde.  View a preview here.

The 2021 winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

Haley Hope Bartels (Los Angeles, CA), “Pumping Black”
After a desperate cyclist takes up a team doctor’s dangerous offer, he seems on course to win the Tour de France.  But as the race progresses and jealous teammates, suspicious authorities, and his own paranoia close in, he must take increasingly dark measures to protect both his secrets and his lead.

Karin delaPeña Collison (West Hollywood, CA), “Coming of Age”
In 1965 Britain, Charlotte, a sheltered, studious schoolgirl, lands on a British Farce tour her mother stage manages, where private tutoring by company members replaces her formal schooling, with surprising success, and she experiences a Lolita-like flirtation in the morally wobbly era of Free Love, which leads both her and her mother to ‘come of age.’

Byron Hamel (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada), “Shade of the Grapefruit Tree”
When a severely abused white boy befriends his sci-fi obsessed Black landlady, his fantasy of becoming a robot empowers him to recklessly confront his murderous stepdad.

R. J. Daniel Hanna (Los Angeles, CA), “Shelter Animal”
A fiery, female prison trustee working at the county animal shelter finds purpose rehabilitating an abused pit bull, but her attempts to rally employees and the broader community for shelter reform puts her own freedom at risk.

Laura Kosann (New York, NY), “The Ideal Woman”
Set in American suburbia during the Cuban Missile Crisis: A 1960’s ex-actress and housewife finds her house-of-cards world begin to tumble as she continues to be pitted against two identities.

A record number of 8,191 scripts, from 89 countries, were submitted for this year’s competition.  The first and quarterfinal rounds were judged by industry professionals, including graduates of the Academy’s Diverse Reader Training Workshop, a free referral-only program established to train individuals from underrepresented communities to be story analysts.  The semifinal round was judged by Academy members across the spectrum of the motion picture industry.  Ten individual screenwriters were selected as finalists.  Their scripts were then read and judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, who ultimately voted the winners.

The 2021 finalists are (listed alphabetically by author):

Adam Everett, “Aurora”
Takeo Hori, “American Infamy”
Michael Ouzas, “Third Man”
Jesse White, “Stronghold”
Aaron C. Wong, “Garamba”

Fellowships are awarded with the understanding that the recipients will each complete a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.  The Academy acquires no rights to the works of Nicholl fellows and does not involve itself commercially in any way with their completed scripts.

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by Academy Short Films and Feature Animation Branch governor Jennifer Yuh Nelson.  The members of the committee are John Bailey and Steven Poster (Cinematographers Branch); William Mechanic (Executives Branch); James Plannette and Stephen Ujlaki (Members-at-Large); Julia Chasman, Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro (Producers Branch); Bobbi Banks (Sound Branch); and Eric Heisserer, Larry Karaszewski, Dan Petrie Jr., Misan Sagay and Dana Stevens (Writers Branch).

The global competition, which aims to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters, has awarded 171 fellowships since it began in 1986.  In 2021, several past Nicholl fellows added to their feature film and television credits:

  • Alfredo Botello co-wrote the story for Universal Pictures’ “F9: The Fast Saga.”
  • Allison and Nicolas Buckmelter’s Nicholl-winning script, “American Refugee,” will make its debut on EPIX and Paramount Home Entertainment on December 10.
  • Destin Daniel Cretton directed and co-wrote, with fellow Andrew Lanham, Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”
  • Anthony Grieco’s Nicholl-winning script, “Best Sellers,” was released by Screen Media and stars Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza.
  • Matt Harris’s fellowship year script, “The Starling,” was released by Netflix and stars Melissa McCarthy.
  • Geeta Malik wrote and directed “India Sweets and Spices,” which debuted at Tribeca Film Festival.  The film was adapted from her Nicholl-winning script, “Dinner with Friends.”
  • Andrew W. Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller are executive producers and showrunners on season two of CBS’s “The Equalizer,” starring Queen Latifah.
  • Stephanie Shannon was executive story editor and a writer on Apple TV+’s augmented reality experience “For All Mankind: Time Capsule,” which won an Emmy for Outstanding Innovation in Interactive Programming.
  • Rebecca Sonnenshine was the executive producer and writer on an episode of Amazon Prime’s “The Boys” that was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.  She is currently showrunning Netflix’s “Archive 81.”

For more information about the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, visit oscars.org/nicholl.

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