Winners were announced tonight for the 60th annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards. Recognizing excellence in dramatic writing by young writers, many past winners have gone on to successful careers in film, among them Francis Ford Coppola and Allison Anders.
UCLA dominated the list, with Bruins taking home all honors except for the runner-up slot. Emily Bensinger (pictured above with Teri Schwartz and Tony Goldwyn) took first price for Harridans. Second place was a tie, with the prize split between Noel Scott Chalmers for Stinker and Chloe Keenan for What I Did This Summer By Sophie Crumb. Third place went to Melissa Finell for Sensitivity Training, and UC Riverside’s Sean Dennison was the runner-up for Panacea.
This year’s competition was judged by NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, writer-director-producer Richard LaGravenese and writer-producer Shonda Rhimes. The Goldwyn Awards’ prizes are $15,000 for first place, $7,500 for second, $4,000 for third and $2,000 for honorable mention.