ACADEMY ANNOUNCES SCREENWRITING FELLOWS Image

You know the prize money is sweet when you have to receive it in installments. This year’s Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship went to five scribes whose scripts were plucked from a batch of nearly 4,250 entries from every single state. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences oversaw the awards, and a distinguished panel of industry judges awarded the following writers a hefty $25,000 for their efforts:
Doug Atchison; North Hollywood, California ^ Script: “Akeelah and the Bee”
Alfredo Botello; Berkeley, California ^ Script: “The Crasher”
Gabrielle Burton; Eggertsville, New York ^ Script: “The Imperial Waltz”
Christine R. Downs; Los Angeles, California ^ Script: “Victory Road”
James M. Foley; Chicago, Illinois ^ Script: “Powder River Breakdown”
Past awardees have received writing work on films like “Reindeer Games,” “Titan A.E.” and “Scream 3”. For more on the Nicholl winners, see the [ official Oscar website. ]

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