Film Academy Dedicates Nicholl Fellowships Event to Anton Yelchin

Austin Hargrave
Anton Yelchin

The late 'Star Trek' actor performed at the first Nicholl live read in 2013.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The organization that presents the Academy Awards is dedicating a performance of promising new screenplays to late actor Anton Yelchin.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Tuesday that its annual Nicholl Fellowships live-read event will be presented in Yelchin's honor.

The Star Trek actor performed at the first Nicholl live read in 2013. He died in June when his Jeep rolled down his driveway and crushed him. His parents have sued the vehicle's manufacturer.

Yelchin's Star Trek co-star John Cho, as well as Cary Elwes, Aja Naomi King and Alia Shawkat, are set to perform selected scenes from this year's five winning screenplays on Nov. 3 at the Film Academy's headquarters in Beverly Hills. The winning screenwriters were announced last month.

The Nicholl Fellowships is the Academy's annual global screenwriting competition. Winners receive $35,000 and Academy support toward the completion of a feature-length screenplay during their fellowship year.

Winning Nicholl scripts also have been produced and released theatrically, including 2006's Akeelah and the Bee and Stockholm, Pennsylvania, which premiered last year at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

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