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Final Draft Awards Winners Announced


 

FINAL DRAFT AWARDS EX MACHINA, THE MARTIAN, GAME OF THRONES, 
THE BIG BANG THEORY 
AS BEST OF 2015 FILM AND TELEVISION

Paul Schrader Inducted into Hall of Fame at Annual Awards Ceremony 
Winners of Big Break Screenwriting Contest Honored

Los Angeles, CA (February 11, 2016) – Celebrating its 25th year as the industry standard for screenwriting software, Final Draft, Inc., a Cast & Crew Entertainment Company, announced this evening the winners of the 11th annual Screenwriters Choice Awards (SCA) at a ceremony at the Paramount Theatre on the Paramount Pictures Studios lot, hosted for the second year in a row by Thomas Lennon andRobert Ben Garant.

The Final Draft Awards include: the Hall of Fame Award, honoring a writer whose work has had a profound influence on the industry; the Screenwriters Choice Awards, which recognize the past year’s writers at the top of their craft; and the Big Break Screenwriting Contest, which awards more than $80,000 in cash and prizes to aspiring writers.

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE:
Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Bridge of Spies - Matt Charman, The Coen Brothers
Ex Machina - Alex Garland (winner)
Inside Out - Pete Docter, Meg LaFauve, Josh Cooley

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Big Short - Adam McKay, Charles Randolph (book by Michael Lewis)
The Martian - Drew Goddard (book by Andy Weir) (winner)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt (characters by George Lucas)

BEST TELEVISION DRAMA
Downton Abbey - Julian Fellowes
Fargo - Steve Blackman, Robert De Laurentiis, Noah Hawley
Game of Thrones - D.B. Weiss and David Benioff (winner)

BEST TELEVISION COMEDY
The Big Bang Theory - Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady (winner)
Modern Family - Steven Levitan, Christopher Lloyd
Orange is the New Black - Jenji Kohan

Awards for the Big Break Screenwriting Contest, designed to spotlight the undiscovered talent of exceptional aspiring screenwriters, were also presented. Winners and finalists are awarded more than $80,000 in cash and prizes, and the grand prize winners are flown to Los Angeles and brought to meetings with top industry professionals.

Big Break Grand Prize winners:

·  Feature Film (Drama): G.W. Freund & Daniel Bonjour, Breedlove

·  Television (Half-Hour Pilot): Eric Buchman, 45 Wall

Feature film winners, by genre:

·  Action/Adventure: Sled by Dean Harvey

·  Comedy/Rom-Com: Reality Check by Adi Blotman

·  Drama: Breedlove by G.W. Freund & Daniel Bonjour

·  Family/Animated: King of Florida by Christina Eliopoulos

·  Period/Historical/War: A Face to Paint by KT Parker

·  Sci-Fi/Fantasy: The Encampment by Joe Rechtman

·  Thriller/Horror: Babygirl by Robert Garrett

Television winners:

·  Half-Hour Spec: Brooklyn Nine–Nine “Only the Good Die Hard” by Andrew Lee

·  Hour Spec: Arrow “Follow the Leader” by Meghan Fitzmartin

·  Half-Hour Pilot: 45 Wall by Eric Buchman

·  Hour Pilot: Pros and Cons by Paula Sabbaga

The Big Break Screenwriting Contest has a strong track record of helping winners reap success in Hollywood. The 2012 Big Break Contest grand prize winner Craig Houchin’s script Ludlow is currently in development at Katonah Pictures, and 2010 co-winner Adam Perlman earned a spot on the writing staff at HBO’s Newsroom, run by executive producer and 2010 Final Draft Hall of Fame inductee Aaron Sorkin. Third-place 2010 winner Larry Brenner saw his career skyrocket after his winning script, Bethlehem, sold in a six-figure deal with Universal.

"Tonight was a wonderful celebration of the best writers in the business, as well as the 25th anniversary of Final Draft,” said Marc Madnick, Founder of Final Draft, Inc. “We as a company feel that screenwriters are the foundation on which the movie business is built and we will continue to celebrate their important role in our industry.”

About Final Draft, Inc.

For the past 25 years, the name Final Draft has been synonymous with Hollywood. More than just a writing tool, it has been an invaluable partner in the success of industry giants like J.J. Abrams, Aaron Sorkin, Matthew Weiner, Callie Khouri, and James Cameron, to name a few. Referenced in movies and thanked in acceptance speeches, it is the number-one selling screenwriting application in the world, and the industry standard used by studios and production companies all over the globe. The company continues to innovate with the recently launched Reader® and Writer® apps for iPhone and iPad, which make creativity truly portable. In addition to its flagship software product, Final Draft, Inc. offers other services for writers, including its Big Break Contest, a career-launching screenwriting competition with more than $80,000 in cash and prizes. For its incomparable contributions to the industry, Final Draft was awarded the prestigious Primetime Emmy Engineering Award in 2013. To learn more about Final Draft, Inc. and its products and services, visit:www.finaldraft.com .