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.

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


2015 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


2014 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 | 2013


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

Lawrence Kasdan | 2012


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 | 2011


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

Aaron Sorkin | 2010


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

Robert Towne | 2009


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

Stephen J. Cannell | 2008


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

Oliver Stone | 2007


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

Syd Field | 2006


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 | 2005


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

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