The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the recipients of the prestigious Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship. The winners will receive a $35,000 grant, intended to fund their work on a new original feature screenplay over the next year. This year’s four winning scripts, written by a total of five writers, were selected from 7,511 submissions. Congratulations to the winners!
THE SCIENCE OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER
A neuroscientist trapped in the wrong job and the wrong relationship finally decides to turn his life around – but when he discovers his wife has cancer, he becomes determined to save his marriage. “The Science of Love and Laughter” is a powerful comedy-drama about love, loss and companionship.
UNITED STATES OF FUCKIN’ AWESOME
The Hangover meets Drunk History. When Jefferson finishes writing the Declaration of Independence, Washington and Franklin take him out to celebrate. After a night of debauchery they realize the document’s missing. If they can’t find it in time for the Continental Congress, there won’t be an America.
THE DEATH ENGINE
In a world where forever never ends, Lily lives the perfect immortal life. But when she’s diagnosed with the “melancholia,” the incurable desire to die, she pays “The Death Engine” for the perfect death. But how can her assigned Reaper do his job when he’s fallen in love with his client?
Although temporally separated, a luthier and a cellist find the means to enhance one another’s virtuosity and engage in a rather outré September passion.