Academy Awards Nicholl Fellowships to Five Writers
Five writers have been selected as winners of the 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowships, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday.
The are: Nikole Beckwith of Brooklyn, N.Y. for the screenplay Stockholm, Pennsylvania; Sean Robert Daniels, Laezonia, Gauteng, South Africa, Killers; James DiLapo, New York, N.Y., Devils at Play; Allan Durand, Lafayette, La., Willie Francis Must Die; and Michael Werwie, L.A., Ca., Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
Each writer will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on Nov. 8. The winners were selected from a record 7,197 submissions.
The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee is chaired by producer Gale Anne Hurd and includes writers Naomi Foner, Daniel Petrie, Jr., Tom Rickman and Dana Stevens; actor Eva Marie Saint; cinematographers John Bailey and Steven B. Poster; costume desinger Vicki Sanchez; executive Bill Mechanic; producers Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro; marketing executive Buffy Shutt; and agent Ronald R. Mardigian.