The 50th annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards were held Tuesday at the Writers Guild Theater. The awards, which honor excellence in screenwriting, were announced by Samuel Goldwyn Foundation president, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. and hosted by actor/director, Tony Goldwyn.
Michael Carnick, a theater/screenwriting student from UC San Diego, was awarded the $25,000 top writing honor for his screenplay “Who’s Driving Doug.,” the second prize of $10,000 went to UCLA screenwriting graduate student Shanee Edwards, for “Enchantress of Numbers;” the third prize of $8,000 went to Chris Kyle, a graduate student in screenwriting from UCLA for “The Ganders;” and honorable mentions of $5,000 and $2,000 to Laurel Minter, a UCLA screenwriting graduate student from UCLA for “The Route;” and David Ariniello, a UC Irvine Ph.D. student in English literature, for “River Champion.”
Winners were chosen out of over 100 submissions reigning from more than eight University of California campuses. Entries were judged on the basis of imagination, craft and emotional power by a panel formed by Pulitzer-winning author A. Scott Berg, CAA partner Robert Bookman and novelist, Jonathan Kellerman.
Previous award winners include Francis Ford Coppola, Carroll Ballard, Colin Higgins and Scott Rosenberg. Other Goldwyn winners have gone on to write and helm projects such as “Forrest Gump,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Alias.”