Events - Final Draft Awards

Robert McKee

Robert McKee

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. 

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Paul Schrader

Paul Schrader

The 2015 Hall of Fame honoree is the legendary Paul Schrader, screenwriter of such classics as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, American Gigolo and Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters.

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Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski

The 2014 Hall of Fame honorees are screenwriting team Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who are known for their exceptional biopics on larger than life characters in films such as Ed Wood, The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Man On The Moon, Auto Focus and Big Eyes.  

In addition to biopics they are also renowned for their highly successful family films, including Problem Child, Agent Cody Banks, and the much anticipated feature film of the beloved children’s book series, Goosebumps.

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Nancy Meyers

Nancy Meyers

The 2013 Hall of Fame Award honoree is Nancy Meyers who has developed a reputation as a first-rate writer, director and producer of literate and sophisticated romantic comedies. As as writer, she is known for her ability to capture the humor and poignancy of relationships and families. Final Draft is proud to pay tribute to her lasting impact on the craft of screenwriting.

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Lawrence Kasdan

Lawrence Kasdan

The 2012 Hall of Fame Award honoree is Lawrence Kasdan who has written, directed or produced 22 motion pictures, including Body Heat, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist, and Grand Canyon.

Among them, he has written or co-written four of the most successful films in motion picture history—Raiders of The Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of The Jedi and The Bodyguard.

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Steven Zaillian

Steven Zaillian

Steven Zaillian received an Academy Award® for his screenplay of Schindler’s List. His work on the film was also honored with a Writers Guild Award, the British Academy’s BAFTA Award, and the Humanitas Prize. Other screenplays include The Falcon and the Snowman, Jack the Bear, Awakenings, and American Gangster.

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Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin

Aaron Sorkin is an Emmy® and Tony® award-winning writer, as well as the screenwriter of The Social Network. His shows and films have both entertained and enlightened by capturing the zeitgeist of our society’s cultural landscape. Final Draft, Inc. is proud to celebrate his contribution to cinema, theatre and television.

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Robert Towne

Robert Towne

Robert Towne is an Oscar®-winning writer and a script doctor extraordinaire. His films have been a significant contribution to the cultural landscape. Chinatown is perhaps the most studied script in film schools and screenwriting classes worldwide, making Mr. Towne a founding father of contemporary screenwriting. Final Draft, Inc. is proud to celebrate his contribution to cinema and television both past and present, and his role in forming the next generation of screenwriters.

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Stephen J. Cannell

Stephen J. Cannell

It is nearly impossible to list all of Stephen J. Cannell’s work. He has either written or co-written over 300 television scripts, created or co-created over two dozen television series, formed a successful production company, wrote best-selling police novels and even acted in his own and other producers’ shows.

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Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone’s films have been a significant contribution to the cultural landscape and have ignited a generation. He has evolved from a respected and controversial screenwriter and director to become one of the most honored and best-known filmmakers working today.

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Syd Field

Syd Field

Syd Field is an iconic screenwriting guru. He has written several screenwriting books and his workshops help aspiring screenwriters produce marketable screenplays. Field’s ideas about what makes a good script have influenced Hollywood producers, who often use his ideas on structure as a guideline to a proposed screenplay’s potential. Field is an American Screenwriters Association Screenwriting Hall of Fame inductee.

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Sydney Pollack

Sydney Pollack

Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award®-winning director, producer, actor, writer, and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films. Pollack was best-known for directing Tootsie, Out of Africa, Three Days of the Condor, and The Way We Were. The Directors Guild of America awarded him with the John Huston Award, as a "defender of artists' rights ... a warrior."

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