I guess we should've known Nicholl would never allow scripts as weird as Fig Hunt and A Many Splintered Thing to win. That's not their M.O. They tend to highlight those types of scripts in their finalists category, then award the trophy to more serious fare. I haven't read any of the winning scripts yet, but I've heard mixed things on Unicorn (a serial killer script). Some have called it average, others amazing. Anyway, here are your winners! Congratulations guys. Being the top dogs out of 6700 entries ain't easy!
Chris Bessounian & Tianna Langham, Los Angeles, Calif., “Guns and Saris - They’ve been oppressed and brutalized at the bottom of India’s caste system for 3000 years, but now the “untouchable” women of India have found an unlikely source of hope - and she’s armed.
Dion Cook, Altus, Okla., “Cutter” - After surviving the nightmare of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Patrice Gasana has made a new life in the United States. A dedicated Miami trauma physician, Patrice lives the American dream with his loving fiancé and her daughter – until his past returns to imperil everything he holds dear.
John MacInnes, Los Angeles, Calif., “Outside the Wire” - An ex-Marine working in Iraq saves a young, single-mom in US Army from assassination by his powerful employers. Two Americans on the run in the most dangerous place on the planet with hostile insurgents, militiamen, and a private army hot on their tail, in a desperate bid to make it back home.
Matthew Murphy, Culver City, Calif., “Unicorn” - A by-the-book FBI profiler must track down a serial killer with the help of an illiterate 24-year-old psychic.
Abel Vang & Burlee Vang, Fresno, Calif., “The Tiger’s Child” - When his father is suddenly killed after being coerced into the CIA's Secret Army, twelve-year-old Tou must decide whether or not to follow in the same footsteps in order to provide for Cheng, his five-year-old brother.