The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation has announced winners of its 61st annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards in dramatic writing. UCLA won three of the main prizes in the competition, which was judged by Guardians of the Galaxy writer-director James Gunn, AMC/SundanceTV executive Joel Stillerman and Empire co-creator Danny Strong. The awards were handed out tonight at UCLA.
The first-prize winner is Eric Mallory Morgan (UCLA) for his screenplay Tonya, taking the $15,000 winners check. There was a tie for second between Bennett Fisher (UC San Diego) for Damascus, and Nicholas Adams (UCLA) for Falling. Third prize went to Dominic Abeyta (UCLA) for 100 Degrees. Honorable mention went to Meedo Taha (UCLA) for Other People.
Previous Samuel Goldwyn winners have penned more than 300 films, TV series, and made-for-TV movies, accumulating 27 Oscars, 35 Golden Globe Awards, 87 Emmys and more than 60 published books.