John Ridley

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John Ridley
John Ridley 12 Years A Slave.JPG
Born 1965 (age 48–49)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Occupation Screenwriter, film director, novelist, television writer

John Ridley (born 1965) is an American writer[1] and director.[2]

Biography[edit]

Ridley was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Mequon.[citation needed] His works include the feature films 12 Years a Slave,[1] Red Tails,[2] U Turn,[2] Three Kings,[2] and Undercover Brother;[2] novels The Drift, Those Who Walk in Darkness, A Conversation with the Mann, Love is a Racket, Everybody Smokes in Hell, and Stray Dogs; and the graphic novel The American Way.

The Ridley-penned script for 12 Years a Slave won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, making Ridley the second African-American to win the award after Geoffrey S. Fletcher for Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire.

Works[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Feature film Credit/Role Notes
1997 U Turn Writer
1997 Cold Around the Heart Writer/Director Urbanworld Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Director
1999 Three Kings Writer Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay (Runner-Up)
Nominated — Golden Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay (shared with David O. Russell)
Nominated — Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay (shared with David O. Russell)
2002 Undercover Brother Writer Nominated — Black Reel Award for Best Screenplay
2012 Red Tails Writer
2013 All Is by My Side Writer/Director
2013 12 Years a Slave Writer Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Black Film Critics Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Black Reel Award for Best Screenplay
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Capri Film Festival Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay
Indiana Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay(Runner-Up)
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
North Carolina Film Critics Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay (Runner-Up)
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated — AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated — Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated — Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated — London Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated — Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay

Television[edit]

Year TV series Credit/Role Notes
1993 Martin Writer
1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Writer
1995 The John Larroquette Show Writer
1995 The Show Writer
1998 Team Knight Rider Writer
1995 Trinity Writer
1999 - 2004 Third Watch Writer
2003 Platinum Writer/Director
2003 Static Shock Writer
2004 Justice League Writer
2005 Barbershop: The Series Writer
2005 The Wanda Sykes Show Writer
2014 American Crime Creator/Writer/Director

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

Graphic novels[edit]

  • The Authority: Human on the Inside (2004)
  • Razor's Edge: Warblade (2004)
  • The American Way (2006)

Stage plays[edit]

  • Ten Thousand Years (World Premiere in 2005)

Magazine articles[edit]

  • "The Manifesto of Ascendancy for the Modern American Nigger" in Esquire, December 2006, Volume 146, Issue 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cieply, Michael; Barnesmarch, Brooks (March 2, 2014). "‘12 Years a Slave’ Claims Best Picture Oscar". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "John Ridley". The New York Times. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Gennusa, Chris R. "John Ridley: Burnt Noir." Creative Screenwriting. Winter 1997, v. 4 n.4, pp. 33–38

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