2008 marked the inauguration of the festival’s Compass Rose Acting Award, and the first recipient was none other than Meg Ryan (pictured below). Judd Apatow (pictured below) was the 11th Screenwriters Tributee, and has since gone on to achieve even greater notice as a producer and mentor to the likes of Lena Dunham (GIRLS) and Kristin Wiig (Bridesmaids). His latest film, Trainwreck, premiered to raves at SXSW this month and will open on July 17.
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Robert Benton, three time Academy Award winner, received the NFF Screenwriters Tribute in 2007. Benton’s best known films are Kramer vs. Kramer, Bonnie and Clyde, What’s Up, Doc?, Places in the Heart, and The Ice Harvest. Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Cunningham attended the Opening Night screening of the adaptation of his book Evening, which featured Kramer vs. Kramer star Meryl Streep, Vanessa Redgrave, Glenn Close, Natasha Richardson and more.
Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Oscar winners in 2005 for Sideways, received NFF’s 2006 Screenwriters Tribute. The duo also collaborated on the hits Citizen Ruth, Election, and About Schmidt. Payne won his second Oscar in 2012, this time for Best Adapted Screenplay, for co-writing The Descendants. Sophie Barthes took home the Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competition award with her script Cold Souls, which was made into a film starring Paul Giamatti in 2009. Ben Stiller directed a staged reading of Spectacle, Part One of the Mark Rosen Chronicles, which featured Macaulay Culkin, Lake Bell, Amy Sedaris, David Krumholtz, Robert Sean Leonard and Stiller himself.
NFF rang in our 10th Anniversary in 2005 with a Screenwriters Tribute to the one and only Steve Martin, presented by SNL creator Lorne Michaels (pictured below). Though best known for his acting chops, Martin began his career as a staff writer for popular variety shows like “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour.” 2005 also saw the release of his popular screenplay outing Shopgirl, which was adapted from his novella and co-starred Clare Danes and Jason Schwartzman. Read More
Charlie Kaufman, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter behind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and such Spike Jonze collaborations as Adaptation. and Being John Malkovich, received NFF’s Screenwriters Tribute in 2004. In the years since, he directed his first film, Synecdoche, New York, and is currently in post-production on his follow-up Anomalisa, an animated film starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan, and David Thewlis.