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Script award finalists revealed

Five of 11 could receive top prize of $25K

Eleven finalists have been selected for the 1998 Don and Gee Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship competition, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Academy Foundation. As many as five writers will ultimately receive the $25,000 fellowship award.

The finalists are Jacob A. Estes, of Los Angeles, for his script “Mean Creek”; George H. Finch, Toronto, “The Living and the Dead”; David F. Goldsmith, Southport, Conn., “Going for the Gold”; Robert H. Gyde, Brooklyn, N.Y., “Jelly Babies”; Todd Ludy, L.A., “Resurrection”; Donna McNeely, L.A., “Julia’s Child”; Karen M. Moncrieff, L.A., “Blue Car”; Annmarie E. Morais, Toronto, “Bleeding”; Michael A. Rich, Beaverton, Ore., “Finding Forrester”; Miranda Seymour, L.A., “The Little Prince”; and Thomas P. Tytar, Trufant, Mich., “Garden Green.”

Final judging of the scripts will be undertaken by the Nicholl Committee, chaired by producer Gale Anne Hurd and comprised of writers John Gay, Hal Kanter, Daniel Petrie Jr., Frank Pierson, Tom Rickman and Daniel Taradash; cinematographer John Bailey; editor Mia Goldman; actress Eva Marie Saint; producer Peter Samuelson; director Robert E. Wise; and agent Michael Zimring.

The screenwriters they select will be announced in October and honored at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills in November.

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