For the past decade, Final Draft has inducted a screenwriter into the prestigious Hall of Fame
whose body of work has had a profound influence on the industry.

Howard A. Rodman


2018 Winner

HOWARD A. RODMAN, is a screenwriter, novelist and educator. He is past president of the Writers Guild of America West; professor and former chair of the writing division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts; an artistic director of the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Labs; a member of the National Film Preservation Board; chair of USC’s Scripter Awards; a former member of the executive committee of the Writers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.

His films include Savage Grace, directed by Tom Kalin and starring Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne; and August, starring Josh Hartnett, Rip Torn, and David Bowie—both of which had their US premieres at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Rodman’s screenplay for Savage Grace was nominated for a Spirit Award in the Best Screenplay category. Rodman also wrote Joe Gould’s Secret, which opened the 2000 Sundance Festival. His original screenplay F. was selected by Premiere Magazine as one of Hollywood’s Ten Best Unproduced Screenplays.

On the small screen, Rodman wrote several of the episodes of the Showtime anthologies Fallen Angels and The Hunger, adapting Jim Thompson, David Goodis, et al. for directors Tony Scott, Steven Soderbergh, and Tom Cruise. His current projects include feature adaptations of the New York Times Bestseller The Monopolists by Mary Pilon, and the French crime novel West Coast Blues by Jean-Patrick Manchette.

Robert McKee


2017 Winner

ROBERT MCKEE, a Fulbright Scholar, is the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world. The best-selling author of Story and the recently published Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, And Screen, McKee occupies a unique crossroads in modern media storytelling. His teachings have spread beyond the screen and stage to influence all story forms. McKee’s former students include over 60 Academy Award Winners, 200 Emmy Award Winners, and 1,000 Emmy Award nominees. www.mckeestory.com

Paul Schrader


2016 Winner

PAUL SCHRADER is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and Bringing Out the Dead (1999). Schrader has also directed 18 feature films, including his 1982 remake of the horror classic Cat People, the crime drama American Gigolo (1980), the biographical drama Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), the cult film Light Sleeper (1992), the drama Affliction (1997), the biographical film Auto Focus (2002), and the dramatic thriller The Canyons (2013).

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski


2015 Winner

SCOTT ALEXANDER & LARRY KARASZEWSKI met as freshman roommates at USC’s School of Cinema. On a whim, they wrote a screenplay during their senior year, which sold a week after graduation.

They are best known for writing very unusual biopics with larger-than-life characters. Their first was the highly acclaimed Ed Wood, for which they were nominated for Best Screenplay by the Writers Guild. They followed this with The People vs. Larry Flynt, for which they won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, as well as a special Writers Guild award for civil rights and liberties. They wrote the extremely postmodern Man On The Moon, the life story of Andy Kaufman. Their most recent bio was Big Eyes, the strange-but-true story of Margaret and Walter Keane.  All four bio scripts have been published in book form.

PAST HALL OF FAME AWARD WINNERS

Nancy Myers | 2014


THE INTERN (2015)
THE HOLIDAY (2006)
SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE (2003)
WHAT WOMEN WANT (2000)
PARENT TRAP (1998)

Lawrence Kasdan | 2013


STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (2015)
STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980)
THE BODYGUARD (1992)
STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI (1983)
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)

Steven Zaillian | 2012


MONEYBALL (2011)
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2011)
AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007)
GANGS OF NEW YORK (2002)
SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)

Aaron Sorkin | 2011


STEVE JOBS (2015)
MONEYBALL (2011)
THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010)
ENTOURAGE (2009-2010)
A FEW GOOD MEN (1992)

Robert Towne | 2010


MISSION IMPOSSIBLE II (2000)
WITHOUT LIMITS (1998)
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (1996)
DAYS OF THUNDER (1990)
CHINATOWN (1974)

Stephen J. Cannell | 2009


22 JUMP STREET (2014)
21 JUMP STREET (TV) (2012)
THE A-TEAM (2010)
HALF PAST DEAD (2002)
RENEGADE (TV)(1992-1997)

Oliver Stone | 2008


SNOWDEN (2016)
EVITA (1996)
NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994)
JFK (1991)
PLATOON (1986)

Syd Field | 2007


Acclaimed as “the guru of all screenwriters” (CNN), Syd Field (1935-2013) is regarded by many Hollywood professionals to be the leading authority in the art and craft of screenwriting in the world today. The Hollywood Reporter calls him “the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world.”

Sydney Pollack | 2006


THE INTERPRETER (2005)
THE FIRM (1993)
OUT OF AFRICA (1985)
TOOTSIE (1982)
THE WAY WE WERE (1973)