WEEK IN WOMEN: Nantucket Film Fest honors Nicole Holofcener with Screenwriters Tribute Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

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An award-winning filmmaker whose work spans three decades, Nicole Holofcener will receive the Screenwriters Tribute Award at the writer-centric Nantucket Film Festival this summer.

The Screenwriters Tribute Award is the highest honor presented by the Nantucket Film Festival, recognizing writers and filmmakers from film and television for their significant contributions to the art of storytelling. These honors are presented annually during the film festival at a gala celebration.

Established in 1998, the Screenwriters Tribute Award honors an individual whose history in screenwriting has made a distinct impact on American cinema. The Screenwriters Tribute Award is not a “lifetime achievement” award, but rather an acknowledgment of the indelible mark these artists have made on the hearts and minds of people all over the world through their writing for the screen, according to a news release.

Acclaimed by critics and audiences for her relatable writing and personal directing style, Holofcener has created seminal films about relationships, class, loyalty and love with realistic and multidimensional characters, including Friends with Money, Please Give and Enough Said, with the latter starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini.

In recent years, Holofcener has become a sought-after collaborator and has produced films like the Oscar-nominated screenplay Can You Ever Forgive Me, which she co-wrote with Jeff Whitty, and The National Board of Review-winning film The Last Duel, directed by Ridley Scott.

In addition to her films, she has directed numerous television series, including Mrs. Fletcher, Enlightened  and the upcoming shows Extrapolations, starring Marion Cotillard, Tobey Maguire and Forest Whitaker, and Straight Man,  starring Bob Odenkirk, Mireille Enos, and Olivia Scott Welch, both expected to be released in 2023. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.