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Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
is an American screenwriter. He is best known as the writer of the films Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine
(2006), Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3
(2010), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Arndt won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
for Little Miss Sunshine and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Toy Story 3. This made Arndt the first screenwriter ever to be nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
and Best Adapted Screenplay for his first two screenplays. He has also been credited under the pseudonyms Michael deBruyn and Rick Kerb, which are mainly used for script revisions.[1]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Screenwriting
Screenwriting
career 3 Filmography 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External links

Early life[edit] Arndt was born in McLean, Virginia. Arndt's father was a member of the Foreign Service, and as a result he lived in various countries, including Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
and India; he also lived in Virginia
Virginia
for a time.[2] Arndt graduated from Langley High School in McLean, and also attended The Potomac School. He graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.[2] Arndt was a script reader for some time, and was a personal assistant to actor Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
until late 1999,[3] when he chose to begin writing screenplays full-time.[2][3][4] His identical twin brother, David, is a professor at St. Mary's College of California. Screenwriting
Screenwriting
career[edit]

"I figured I’d probably write 50 scripts in my life. Out of those 50, I figured maybe five would be produced, and that maybe one or two would be successful. So I always kind of expected I’d write at least one successful film in my life. [...] The way it all came together was kind of like Murphy's law
Murphy's law
in reverse—I don’t expect that kind of experience again any time soon."

—Michael Arndt[3]

Arndt wrote the first draft of Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine
in three days between May 23–26, 2000.[5] From that initial draft, he made approximately 100 revisions over the course of a year, requesting input from friends and family.[2][3] Arndt considered directing the film himself "as a no-budget, DV feature" due to his concern of the story being "just too small and "indie" to get any real attention from Hollywood".[3] After the Endeavor Talent Agency
Endeavor Talent Agency
read the script in July 2001, however, producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa subsequently gave the script to commercial and music video directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who were immediately attracted to the project.[3][4][6] Dayton and Faris were signed on by producer Marc Turtletaub, who purchased the script from Arndt for $250,000, on December 21, 2001.[4][5] The project was set up at Focus Features, where it was in various stages of pre-production for approximately three years. During that time, Arndt was fired when he objected to centralizing the story on Richard Hoover (played by Greg Kinnear
Greg Kinnear
in the film), only to be re-hired within a month after the new writer hired by Focus left the project.[7] Arndt resumed work on the script, which continued through production and into post-production: "The final scene of the movie [...] was written and shot about eight weeks before [its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival
on January 20, 2006]", he said.[3][4] Following its theatrical release on August 18, 2006, Little Miss Sunshine won many prizes and awards. Arndt won multiple Best Original Screenplay awards for Little Miss Sunshine, from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and the Writers Guild of America. He was later invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[8] Arndt began collaborating with Lee Unkrich
Lee Unkrich
and other Pixar
Pixar
personnel on the screenplay for Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3
in 2006,[9] working from a treatment by Andrew Stanton, who co-wrote the two preceding films in the series.[10][11] He was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for his work for Toy Story 3, and became the first ever screenwriter to be nominated for both Academy Awards
Academy Awards
for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay for his first two screenplays. Arndt was one of several screenwriters brought on to perform script revisions for Men in Black 3.[12][13] Arndt wrote the script for The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins.[14] In November 2012, Arndt was announced as the screenwriter for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In October 2013, it was announced that Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
and director J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams
were rewriting Arndt's script.[15] Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

2006 Little Miss Sunshine Screenplay Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Writer Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Original Screenplay Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for New Generation Award Palm Springs International Film Festival for Chairman's Vanguard Award Nominated–Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay Nominated– London Critics Circle Film Award for Screenwriter of the Year Nominated–Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay

2010 Toy Story 3 Screenplay Nominated–Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated–Annie Award for Writing in a Feature Production Nominated–BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated–Bradbury Award Nominated–Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated–Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated– Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form Nominated–San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Writing Nominated–Scream Award for Best Scream-Play Nominated–Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

2012 Brave Additional screenplay material

2013 Oblivion Screenplay Credited as Michael deBruyn

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Screenplay Credited as Michael deBruyn Nominated–Bradbury Award Nominated– Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form

2015 Inside Out Additional story material

A Walk in the Woods Screenplay Credited as Rick Kerb

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Screenplay Saturn Award for Best Writing Nominated–Bradbury Award Nominated– Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form

References[edit]

^ Alloway, Meredith (April 6, 2014). "Oscar winner Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
talks screenwriting, and offers some advice". The Script Lab. TSL Media Inc. Retrieved November 14, 2015.  ^ a b c d Wloszczyna, Susan (March 5, 2007). "Writing for an Oscar". USA Today. Retrieved July 9, 2008.  ^ a b c d e f g Wood, Jennifer (February 3, 2007). "Family Values". MovieMaker Magazine. Retrieved July 9, 2008.  ^ a b c d Waxman, Sharon (January 23, 2006). "A Small Film Nearly Left for Dead Has Its Day in the Sundance Rays". The New York Times. Retrieved July 8, 2008.  ^ a b Arndt, Michael (2007). Little Miss Sunshine: The Shooting Script. Newmarket. p. x. ISBN 1-55704-770-7.  ^ Goldstein, Patrick (February 20, 2007). "The unkindest cut". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 8, 2008.  ^ Guillen, Michael (February 23, 2007). "Michael Arndt, Little Mr. Sunshine". SF360. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved July 8, 2008.  ^ "Academy Invites 115 to Become Members" (Press release). AMPAS. June 18, 2007. Archived from the original on December 24, 2007. Retrieved July 8, 2008.  ^ Daly, Steve (February 16, 2007). "'Toys Out of the Attic". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 9, 2008.  ^ "2007 Disney Conference – Studio Presentation" (PDF). Disney Enterprises. February 8, 2007. Retrieved August 6, 2007.  ^ Fritz, Ben (February 8, 2007). "'Toy Story' sequel set". Variety. Retrieved July 8, 2008.  ^ Lee, Chris (May 21, 2012). "How Will Smith's 'Men in Black 3' Almost Became a Disaster Movie". Newsweek. Retrieved January 15, 2016.  ^ Lee, Chris (May 29, 2012). "The Movie Redemption of 'Men in Black 3' Scribe Etan Cohen". The Daily Beast. Retrieved January 15, 2016.  ^ Kit, Borys (May 5, 2012). " Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
in Talks to Re-Write 'Hunger Games' Sequel 'Catching Fire' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 6, 2012.  ^ Holslin, Peter (October 25, 2013). "Decoding the 'Star Wars' Writers' Drama". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

Anne Thompson (November 17, 2006). "'Closet screenwriter' Arndt comes into light". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 15, 2007. Retrieved April 6, 2007. 

External links[edit]

Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
on IMDb Interview with Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
about writing Little Miss Sunshine

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Screenplays by Michael Arndt

Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Sunshine
(2006) Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3
(2010) Oblivion (2013) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Catching Fire
(2013) A Walk in the Woods (2015) Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

Awards for Michael Arndt

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Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay

1940–1960

Preston Sturges
Preston Sturges
(1940) Herman J. Mankiewicz
Herman J. Mankiewicz
and Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1941) Michael Kanin
Michael Kanin
and Ring Lardner Jr.
Ring Lardner Jr.
(1942) Norman Krasna (1943) Lamar Trotti (1944) Richard Schweizer (1945) Muriel Box and Sydney Box (1946) Sidney Sheldon (1947) No award (1948) Robert Pirosh (1949) Charles Brackett, D. M. Marshman Jr. and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1950) Alan Jay Lerner
Alan Jay Lerner
(1951) T. E. B. Clarke (1952) Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen and Walter Reisch (1953) Budd Schulberg
Budd Schulberg
(1954) Sonya Levien and William Ludwig (1955) Albert Lamorisse
Albert Lamorisse
(1956) George Wells (1957) Nathan E. Douglas and Harold Jacob Smith (1958) Clarence Greene, Maurice Richlin, Russell Rouse and Stanley Shapiro (1959) I. A. L. Diamond and Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1960)

1961–1980

William Inge
William Inge
(1961) Ennio de Concini, Pietro Germi, and Alfredo Giannetti (1962) James Webb (1963) Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff (1964) Frederic Raphael (1965) Claude Lelouch
Claude Lelouch
and Pierre Uytterhoeven (1966) William Rose (1967) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1968) William Goldman
William Goldman
(1969) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Edmund H. North (1970) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1971) Jeremy Larner (1972) David S. Ward
David S. Ward
(1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
(1975) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Robert C. Jones, Waldo Salt, and Nancy Dowd (1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1980)

1981–2000

Colin Welland (1981) John Briley (1982) Horton Foote (1983) Robert Benton (1984) William Kelley, Pamela Wallace and Earl W. Wallace (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(1987) Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow (1988) Tom Schulman (1989) Bruce Joel Rubin (1990) Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri
(1991) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie
(1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
and Matt Damon
Matt Damon
(1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe
(2000)

2001–present

Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Pierre Bismuth, Michel Gondry
Michel Gondry
and Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black
(2008) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2009) David Seidler (2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
(2017)

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BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay

Paul D. Zimmerman (1983) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1984) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) David Leland (1987) Shawn Slovo (1988) Nora Ephron
Nora Ephron
(1989) Giuseppe Tornatore
Giuseppe Tornatore
(1990) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(1991) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1992) Harold Ramis
Harold Ramis
and Danny Rubin
Danny Rubin
(1993) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
and Roger Avary
Roger Avary
(1994) Christopher McQuarrie
Christopher McQuarrie
(1995) Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh
(1996) Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
(1997) Andrew Niccol
Andrew Niccol
(1998) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(1999) Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe
(2000) Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
and Guillaume Laurant (2001) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(2002) Tom McCarthy (2003) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh
(2008) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2009) David Seidler (2010) Michel Hazanavicius
Michel Hazanavicius
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
David O. Russell
(2013) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
and Hugo Guinness (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Martin McDonagh
Martin McDonagh
(2017)

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Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Screenplay

Screenplay (1995–1996, 2001–2008, retired)

Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1995) Anthony Minghella
Anthony Minghella
(1996) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2001) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2002) Jim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan, and Naomi Sheridan (2003) Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne
and Jim Taylor (2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Simon Beaufoy (2008)

Screenplay, Original (1997–2000, 2009–present)

Matt Damon
Matt Damon
and Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
(1997) Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
and Marc Norman (1998) Alan Ball (1999) Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe
(2000) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2009) David Seidler (2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., and Armando Bo (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Damien Chazelle
Damien Chazelle
/ Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
(2017)

Screenplay, Adapted (1997–2000, 2009–present)

Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson
and Brian Helgeland (1997) Scott Smith (1998) Frank Darabont
Frank Darabont
(1999) Stephen Gaghan
Stephen Gaghan
(2000) Jason Reitman
Jason Reitman
and Sheldon Turner (2009) Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin
(2010) Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin (2011) Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
(2012) John Ridley
John Ridley
(2013) Gillian Flynn
Gillian Flynn
(2014) Adam McKay
Adam McKay
and Charles Randolph (2015) Eric Heisserer (2016) James Ivory
James Ivory
(2017)

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Saturn Award for Best Writing

William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1973) Ib Melchior/ Harlan Ellison
Harlan Ellison
(1974/75) Jimmy Sangster
Jimmy Sangster
(1976) George Lucas
George Lucas
(1977) Elaine May
Elaine May
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1978) Nicholas Meyer
Nicholas Meyer
(1979) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1980) Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
(1981) Melissa Mathison
Melissa Mathison
(1982) Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
(1983) James Cameron
James Cameron
and Gale Anne Hurd
Gale Anne Hurd
(1984) Tom Holland (1985) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1986) Michael Miner and Edward Neumeier
Edward Neumeier
(1987) Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg (1988) William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty
(1989/90) Ted Tally (1991) James V. Hart
James V. Hart
(1992) Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton
and David Koepp (1993) Jim Harrison
Jim Harrison
and Wesley Strick
Wesley Strick
(1994) Andrew Kevin Walker (1995) Kevin Williamson (1996) Mike Werb and Michael Colleary (1997) Andrew Niccol
Andrew Niccol
(1998) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(1999) David Hayter
David Hayter
(2000) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(2001) Scott Frank and Jon Cohen (2002) Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) Alvin Sargent (2004) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
and David S. Goyer
David S. Goyer
(2005) Michael Dougherty
Michael Dougherty
and Dan Harris (2006) Brad Bird
Brad Bird
(2007) Christopher and Jonathan Nolan
Jonathan Nolan
(2008) James Cameron
James Cameron
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) Jeff Nichols
Jeff Nichols
(2011) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Christopher and Jonathan Nolan
Jonathan Nolan
(2014) Lawrence Kasdan, J. J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2015) Eric Heisserer (2016)

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Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay

Original Drama (1969–1983, retired)

William Goldman
William Goldman
(1969) Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
and Edmund H. North (1970) Penelope Gilliatt (1971) Jeremy Larner (1972) Steve Shagan (1973) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
(1974) Frank Pierson
Frank Pierson
(1975) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1976) Arthur Laurents
Arthur Laurents
(1977) Nancy Dowd, Robert C. Jones and Waldo Salt (1978) Mike Gray, T. S. Cook and James Bridges (1979) Bo Goldman
Bo Goldman
(1980) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
and Trevor Griffiths (1981) Melissa Mathison
Melissa Mathison
(1982) Horton Foote (1983)

Original Comedy (1969–1983, retired)

Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
and Larry Tucker (1969) Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(1970) Paddy Chayefsky
Paddy Chayefsky
(1971) Peter Bogdanovich, Buck Henry, David Newman and Robert Benton (1972) Melvin Frank and Jack Rose (1973) Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor
Richard Pryor
and Alan Uger (1974) Robert Towne
Robert Towne
and Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(1975) Bill Lancaster
Bill Lancaster
(1976) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Marshall Brickman (1977) Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
and Sheldon Keller (1978) Steve Tesich
Steve Tesich
(1979) Nancy Meyers, Harvey Miller and Charles Shyer
Charles Shyer
(1980) Steve Gordon (1981) Don McGuire, Larry Gelbart
Larry Gelbart
and Murray Schisgal (1982) Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
and Barbara Benedek (1983)

Original Screenplay (1984–present)

Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1984) William Kelley and Earl W. Wallace (1985) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1986) John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley
(1987) Ron Shelton (1988) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1989) Barry Levinson
Barry Levinson
(1990) Callie Khouri
Callie Khouri
(1991) Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan
(1992) Jane Campion
Jane Campion
(1993) Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(1994) Randall Wallace (1995) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (1996) James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
and Mark Andrus (1997) Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
(1998) Alan Ball (1999) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2000) Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2001) Michael Moore
Michael Moore
(2002) Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola
(2003) Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman
(2004) Paul Haggis
Paul Haggis
and Bobby Moresco (2005) Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt
(2006) Diablo Cody
Diablo Cody
(2007) Dustin Lance Black
Dustin Lance Black
(2008) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2009) Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(2011) Mark Boal
Mark Boal
(2012) Spike Jonze
Spike Jonze
(2013) Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
and Hugo Guinness (2014) Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer (2015) Barry Jenkins
Barry Jenkins
and Tarell Alvin McCraney
Tarell Alvin McCraney
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
(2017)

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