The Nantucket Film Festival is proud to announce Academy Award®- and Emmy®-winning screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin will receive the Screenwriters Tribute at the 19th Annual Nantucket Film Festival. Emily Mortimer, star of Sorkin’s hit HBO drama The Newsroom, will present him with the award at the Screenwriters Tribute, taking place Saturday, June 28.
Sorkin is best known as the screenwriter behind The Social Network (Academy Award winner, Best Adapted Screenplay) and the creator of the Emmy Award-winning television shows The West Wing, The Newsroom, and Sports Night. His other film and television credits include Malice, The American President, Charlie Wilson’s War, and NBC’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. The film adaptation of Sorkin’s Broadway playwriting debut, A Few Good Men, was nominated for four Academy Awards. Sorkin will next adapt Steve Jobs, the Walter Isaacson biography of the late Apple co-founder.
Past Nantucket Film Festival Screenwriters Tribute honorees include David O. Russell, Nancy Meyers, Paul Haggis, Judd Apatow, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Steve Martin, Charlie Kaufman, and James Schamus.
“Aaron Sorkin has had a profound influence on the way stories are told on the big and small screens, and we are delighted he will be accepting our tribute and joining the ranks of the great NFF Screenwriters Tribute honorees of the past,” said Mystelle Brabbée, Executive Director of the Nantucket Film Festival.
Actress Emily Mortimer will present the Screenwriters Tribute award to Sorkin. Prior to her starring role on The Newsroom, Mortimer collaborated twice with Martin Scorsese, first in Shutter Island and then in Hugo. Additional film credits include Young Adam, Dear Frankie, Match Point, Lars and the Real Girl, Transsiberian, Our Idiot Brother, Cars 2, and Nicole Holofcener’s Lovely & Amazing, for which Mortimer won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. Upcoming, Mortimer will be seen in HBO’s Doll & Em, set to premiere March 19, 2014. Written by and starring real-life best friends Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, Doll and Em is a semi-improvised comedy exploring what happens when a Hollywood actress hires her childhood friend as a personal assistant while making a film in Los Angeles. Past Tribute presenters include Glenn Close, Diane Keaton, and Jim Carrey.