Fanning, Isaacs lead honors to academy screenwriters
05:00 AM, Nov 08, 2013
Elle Fanning, Anton Yelchin, Jason Isaacs and Taraji P. Henson paid the highest honor to the winners of the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Thursday night.
The four actors performed scenes from the five winning screenplays at the annual award presentation.
This meant Harry Potter star Isaacs, in the course of a single evening on stage, played a 7-foot basketball player, a Roman Centurion, a macho father and Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll. It was important to pay tribute to the budding screenwriters, said Isaacs.
“This is a town that needs stories, needs ideas, new approaches, new talent all the time,” he said. “Old things become stale very quickly. It needs continual infusions of optimism and fresh voices.”
Four individual writers and one writing team have been selected as winners of annual screenwriting competition. Each winner will receive a $35,000 prize.
The winners included:
Frank DeJohn & David Alton Hedges, Santa Ynez, Calif., Legion
Patty Jones, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Joe Banks
Alan Roth, Suffern, N.Y., Jersey City Story
Stephanie Shannon, Los Angeles, Calif., Queen of Hearts
Barbara Stepansky, Burbank, Calif., Sugar in My Veins