'Sex' tops Goldwyn's script nods


LOS ANGELES -- "Sex and Sylvia Plath," written by Jennifer O'Kieffe of UCLA, has taken the top prize in the 52nd annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards, which were announced Monday at the UCLA Westwood campus by Samuel Goldwyn Jr., president of the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation.

The awards were founded by Samuel Goldwyn Sr. in 1955 to encourage young writers.

As the place winner, "Sex," a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl who loses her virginity to a boy who also is having an affair with her mother, was awarded a $15,000 prize.

Second place, worth $7,500, went to UCLA's Michael Vukadinovich for his screenplay "Buckbee."

Third place, worth $2,000, went to UCLA's Mark Humphrey for "Coup."

Two honorable mentions, worth $1,000 each, were awarded to "Zen Dog in the Clouds," by Kevin Cramer of UC Riverside, and "Room for Error," by Andrea McCloud of UCLA.

Judging the competition were Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart, producer Cathy Schulman and director/writer/producer Joel Schumacher.