Robert Nelson Jacobs

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Robert Nelson Jacobs
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Jacobs in August 2015
Alma materUniversity of Iowa
Yale University
Years active1997–present

Robert Nelson Jacobs (born 1954) is an American screenwriter. In 2000, he received an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay for Chocolat. In 2014, Jacobs was elected president of the Writers Guild Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting and preserving the craft of writing for the screen.[1]


Jacobs grew up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. He attended Yale University, where he received the Curtis Literary Prize for his short fiction and graduated with honors. He earned his master's degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Jacobs began his career as a writer of short stories that were published in little, prestigious magazines that generated little, prestigious income. Jacobs’ love of movies brought him to California, where it took a number of years for his work to finally start paying the rent. Jacobs’ screenplay credits include Out to Sea, Dinosaur, Chocolat, The Shipping News, Flushed Away, The Water Horse, and Extraordinary Measures.[2]


Year Film Credit Notes
1997 Out to Sea Writer, Songwriter: "You're Our Guest"
2000 Dinosaur Writer
2000 Chocolat Writer Oscar / BAFTA Nominated - Best Adapted Screenplay[3]
2001 The Shipping News Writer Scripter Award Nominated[4]
2006 Flushed Away Additional Writer
2007 The Water Horse Writer
2010 Extraordinary Measures Writer

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