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Winners Announced for Academy Nicholl Fellowships


From left: Allan Durand, writer of Willie Francis Must Die Again; Sean Robert Daniels, writer of Killers; Nikole Beckwith, writer of Stockholm, Pennsylvania; Michael Werwie, writer of Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, and James DiLapo, writer of Devils at Play.
Five writers have been selected as winners of the 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Each writer received a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which was distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on Nov. 8.

This year’s winners were (listed alphabetically by author):

Nikole Beckwith, Brooklyn, N.Y., 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 Again

Michael Werwie, Los Angeles, Calif., Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile

The winners for this year’s competition were selected from an all-time high of 7,197 scripts submitted. This is the first time entries from Louisiana and South Africa have been selected as winners.

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 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 designer Vicki Sanchez; executive Bill Mechanic; producers Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro; marketing executive Buffy Shutt, and agent Ronald R. Mardigian.

Since the program’s inception in 1985, 123 fellowships have been awarded. Among the recent achievements by Nicholl fellows, Jacob Aaron Estes wrote and directed The Details, which premiered theatrically on Nov. 2. Andrew Marlowe created and executive produces the ABC series Castle; and Rebecca Sonnenshine serves as executive story editor on the CW series, The Vampire Diaries.

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