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6 emerging writers win film academy's Nicholl Fellowships

FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, an Oscar statue is displayed at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the winners of its annual Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The winners are Michele Atkins, “Talking About the Sky”; Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey, “Photo Booth”; Geeta Malik, “Dinner with Friends”; Elizabeth Oyebode, “Tween the Ropes”; Justin Piasecki, “Death of an Ortolan.” (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
September 29, 2016 - 3:00 PM

LOS ANGELES - Six emerging screenwriters are getting a boost from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The organization announced Thursday the winners of its annual Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, which comes with a $35,000 prize and yearlong academy support toward the completion of a feature-length screenplay.

Winners will receive the first installment of their prize money and hear their work performed aloud at a Nov. 3 event at the film academy's headquarters in Beverly Hills, California.

The global competition drew 6,915 screenplay entries. The winners and their hometowns are Michele Atkins, "Talking About the Sky" (Seattle); Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey, "Photo Booth" (Balgowlah, Australia); Geeta Malik, "Dinner with Friends" (Los Angeles); Elizabeth Oyebode, "Tween the Ropes" (Sunnyvale, California); and Justin Piasecki, "Death of an Ortolan" (Los Angeles).

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