7 draw Nicholl fellowships

Past winners include Jason Micallef, Ehren Kruger

By VARIETY STAFF

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has selected seven scribes for the 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, which comes along with a $30,000 prize.

The fellows are Chris Bessounian and Tianna Langham, Los Angeles, “Guns and Saris”; Dion Cook, Altus, Okla., “Cutter”; John MacInnes, Los Angeles, “Outside the Wire”; Matthew Murphy, Culver City, Calif., “Unicorn”; and Abel Vang & Burlee Vang, Fresno, Calif., “The Tiger’s Child.”

Winners, selected from a record 6,730 scripts submitted, will be presented with the first installments of their fellowship money at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on Nov. 3. They receive the fellowships with the understanding that they’ll complete a feature-length screenplay during the year.

Past winners include Jason Micallef (“Butter”), Ehren Kruger (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) and Andrew W. Marlowe, who created and exec produces ABC’s “Castle.”

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