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Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

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The Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is a fellowship program founded in 1986 to aid screenwriters. It is administered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.



Gee Nicholl, widow of producer Don Nicholl, worked with Julian Blaustein in 1985 to develop the program with the Academy. The original 1986 winners were Allison Anders, Dennis Clontz, and Jeff Eugenides. 1989 fellow Radha Bharadwaj wrote the first screenplay made into a film, the 1991 drama Closet Land. Clontz won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and Eugenides won one in 2003. 1992 fellow Susannah Grant was the first nominated for an Academy Award, for the screenplay for Erin Brockovich. The fellowship celebrated its 25th year in 2010.[1]

Beginning in 2013, a reading of scenes from winning screenplays have been performed by professional actors in front of an audience. In 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the reading was conducted virtually. Actors that have participated in these readings over the years include: Kathy Baker, Elle Fanning, Ken Jeong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Freida Pinto, Alia Shawkat, Wes Studi, Blair Underwood, Vince Vaughn, and Anton Yelchin.

As of the 2013 contest, 17 winning scripts have later been produced.[2]





2022 Nicholl Fellows[3]

  • Jennifer Archer, Into the Deep Blue
  • Callie Bloem and Christopher Ewing, Tape 22
  • Sam Boyer, Ojek
  • J.M. Levine, Operation Gemini
  • Timothy Ware-Hill, Tyrone and the Looking Glass

2021 Nicholl Fellows[4]

  • Haley Hope Bartels, Pumping Black
  • Karin delaPeña Collison, Coming of Age
  • Byron Hamel, Shade of the Grapefruit Tree
  • R.J. Daniel Hanna, Shelter Animal
  • Laura Kosann, The Ideal Woman

2020 Nicholl Fellows[5]

  • James Acker, Sadboi
  • Beth Curry, Lemon
  • Vanar Jaddou, Goodbye, Iraq
  • Kate Marks, The Cow of Queens
  • Jane Therese, Sins of My Father



2019 Nicholl Fellows[6]

  • Aaron Chung, Princess Vietnam
  • Karen McDermott, Lullabies of La Jaula
  • Renee Pillai, Boy with Kite
  • Sean Malcolm, Mother
  • Walker McKnight, Street Rat Allie Punches Her Ticket

2018 Nicholl Fellows[7]

  • Allison Buckmelter and Nicolas Buckmelter, American Refugee (Produced)[8]
  • Joey Clarke, Jr., Miles
  • Grace Sherman, Numbers and Words
  • Wenonah Wilms, Horsehead Girls

2017 Nicholl Fellows[9]

  • Vigil Chime, Bring Back Girl
  • SJ Inwards, Jellyfish Summer
  • Max Lance and Jen Bailey, The Queen of Sleaze
  • KG Rockmaker, Last Days of Winter
  • Cesar Vitale, The Great Nothing

2016 Nicholl Fellows[10]

  • Michele Atkins, Talking About the Sky
  • Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey, Photo Booth
  • Geeta Malik, Dinner with Friends
  • Elizabeth Oyebode, Tween the Ropes
  • Justin Piasecki, Death of an Ortolan

2015 Nicholl Fellows

2014 Nicholl Fellows[11]

2013 Nicholl Fellows[12]

2012 Nicholl Fellows[12][13]

2011 Nicholl Fellows[12]

2010 Nicholl Fellows[12]



2009 Nicholl Fellows[12]

2008 Nicholl Fellows[12]

2007 Nicholl Fellows[12]

2006 Nicholl Fellows[12][14]

2005 Nicholl Fellows[12]

2004 Nicholl Fellows[12]

2003 Nicholl Fellows[12]

2002 Nicholl Fellows[12]

2001 Nicholl Fellows[12]

2000 Nicholl Fellows[12]



1999 Nicholl Fellows[12]

1998 Nicholl Fellows[12]

1997 Nicholl Fellows[12]

1996 Nicholl Fellows[12]

1995 Nicholl Fellows[12]

1994 Nicholl Fellows[12]

1993 Nicholl Fellows[12]

1992 Nicholl Fellows[12]

1991 Nicholl Fellows[12]

1990 Nicholl Fellows[12]



1989 Nicholl Fellows[12]

1988 Nicholl Fellows[12]

  • No fellowships awarded

1987 Nicholl Fellows[12]

1986 Nicholl Fellows[12]


  1. ^ Kilday, Greg (October 18, 2010). Michael Arndt to Give Keynote at AMPAS' Nicholl Fellowships Dinner. The Hollywood Reporter
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Academy Nicholl Fellowships: FAQs (Winning Scripts)". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on February 7, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "ACADEMY REVEALS WINNING NICHOLL SCREENWRITERS". 29 September 2022. Retrieved 29 September 2022. Four individuals and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2022 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. Each individual and writing team will receive a $35,000 prize and mentorship from an Academy member throughout their fellowship year. They also will be featured at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards and Live Read on November 9 at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, where an ensemble of actors will read selected scenes from the winning scripts. The Nicholl Fellowships was established in 1985 through the support of Gee Nicholl in memory of her husband Don Nicholl.
  4. ^ Grobar, Matt (2021-11-08). "Film Academy Sets Five As Winners Of 2021 Nicholl Fellowships". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-04-27.
  5. ^ "Nicholll Fellowships top 50 screenplays". Oscars.org. December 15, 2020.
  6. ^ "Academy reveals winning Nicholl Fellow screenwriters". Oscars.org. October 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "Academy reveals winning Nicholl Fellow screenwriters". Oscars.org. October 3, 2017.
  8. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14556184/
  9. ^ "Academy reveals winning Nicholl Fellow screenwriters". Oscars.org. October 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "Academy Reveals Winning Nicholl Screenwriters" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2016-09-29. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  11. ^ "Winners Announced For 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowships" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2014-10-03. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Academy Nicholl Fellows 1986–Present". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on March 2, 2009. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  13. ^ Deadline Team (October 24, 2012). "Academy Announces Nicholl Fellowships". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  14. ^ Lindeen, Julie (October 5, 2006). "Acad sets Nicholl finalists". Daily Variety. Retrieved February 6, 2014.