The Nantucket Film Festival’s most esteemed awards recognize 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.
Oscar®-winner Tom McCarthy is a prolific writer, director, actor, and producer. His most recent film Spotlight, which he wrote and directed, won the Oscar for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay (for McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer). Spotlight was nominated for six Oscars in total including one for McCarthy for Best Director. The film earned massive critical acclaim and a barrage of critics awards and guild nominations, and also won four Independent Spirit Awards.
McCarthy began his career as an actor before debuting his critically acclaimed first feature The Station Agent, starring Michelle Williams, Peter Dinklage, Bobby Cannavale, and Patricia Clarkson, at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, presaging several more nominations and awards for the film. McCarthy followed this with The Visitor (2007) which received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for Richard Jenkins, an Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, and other acclaim.
In 2009, McCarthy shared story credit with Pete Docter and Bob Peterson on the award-winning animated feature Up, for which he received his first of three Oscar nominations. In 2011, McCarthy wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Win Win, starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan. McCarthy also wrote and directed The Cobbler, starring Adam Sandler and Dustin Hoffman.
McCarthy made his feature acting debut in the 1992 film Crossing the Bridge and went on to appear in such films as Flags of Our Fathers, Syriana, Good Night, and Good Luck, Year of the Dog, Meet the Parents, All the King’s Men, Duplicity, 2012, and The Lovely Bones. He was also featured in the final season of HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire and had a series regular role on Boston Public.
McCarthy also executive produced and directed the first two episodes of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which is based on the 2007 New York Times bestselling YA book by Jay Asher.
Award Presented by: Bobby Cannavale
Bobby Cannavale is a critically-acclaimed actor whose feature film roles include Win Win, The Station Agent, Ant-Man, Chef, and the upcoming Going Places. He received Emmy Awards for his roles on Boardwalk Empire and Will & Grace, and was twice Emmy-nominated for Nurse Jackie. Other TV work includes Vinyl, Master of None, and the upcoming season of Mr. Robot. On the stage, Cannavale has appeared in The Big Knife, Glengarry Glen Ross, and received Tony nominations for both Mauritius and The Motherf**ker with the Hat, winning a Drama Desk Award for the latter.
2017 CREATIVE IMPACT IN TELEVISION WRITING: DAVID CRANE & JEFFREY KLARIK
David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik are the co-creators of the Showtime series Episodes, starring Matt LeBlanc, which is about to launch its fifth and final season, and for which they have received four Emmy® nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, two Writers Guild of America nominations, a BAFTA nomination, and two Golden Globe nominations.
David Crane is best known as the co-creator of the long-running comedy series Friends, for which he won numerous awards including an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Crane also co-created the Kirstie Alley comedy Veronica’s Closet, The Powers That Be starring John Forsythe, David Hyde Pierce, and Holland Taylor, and the much-beloved HBO series, Dream On, for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
With Crane, Jeffrey Klarik co-created the critically acclaimed, award-winning comedy The Class starring an ensemble that included Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lizzy Kaplan, and Jon Bernthal. Klarik’s work on the hit comedy Mad About You earned him a Golden Globe as well as an Emmy nomination. He also created the series Half & Half, starting Essence Atkins. He has also written and produced the comedies INK, The Naked Truth, and Dream On.
Jeffrey and David have been partners in life for 28 years.
Award Presented by: Kathleen Rose Perkins
Kathleen Rose Perkins stars on Showtime’s Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series Episodes opposite Matt LeBlanc, soon to air its fifth and final season. Other TV work includes You're the Worst, Code Black, Colony, NCIS: LA, American Horror Story, Private Practice, Person of Interest, Grey’s Anatomy, The Mentalist, Royal Pains, and Nip/Tuck. On the film front, Perkins appeared in David Fincher’s Gone Girl opposite Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike; the Duplass Brothers’ The Skeleton Twins with Kristen Wiig and Bill Heder (NFF 2014 Opening Night Film); and Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said opposite Julia Louis Dreyfus and James Gandolfini.
2017 SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING: NICK BROOMFIELD
Nick Broomfield is a British filmmaker best known for his award-winning documentaries. He made his first film, Who Cares, while at university, where he met his sometime filmmaking partner Joan Churchill, with whom he made Juvenile Liaison, Tattooed Tears, Soldier Girls, Lily Tomlin, and Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer.
With 1988's Driving Me Crazy, Broomfield developed his well-known, idiosyncratic style in which he appears within his films. Other notable films applying this approach inclue The Leader, the Driver and the Drivers Wife, Aileen Wuornos, Kurt & Courtney, and Biggie and Tupac.
Broomfield has won numerous accolades, including the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, the BAFTA, Prix Italia, Dupont Award, Peabody Award, Grierson Award, Hague Peace Prize, and the Amnesty International Doen Award. His latest documentary, Whitney: Can I Be Me
, co-directed with Rudi Dolezal, tells the story of Whitney Houston's extraordinary life and tragic death.
2017 NEW VOICES IN SCREENWRITING: GEREMY JASPER
Geremy Jasper is a writer, director, and composer born and bred in North Jersey. He co-directed MTV VMA–nominated videos for Florence + The Machine and Selena Gomez, and his direction for the Target Kaleidoscopic Fashion Spectacular won a Cannes Lions Award and was inducted into MoMA's permanent collection. His debut feature film, Patti Cake$, participated in Sundance Institute's Directors and Screenwriters Labs, and had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired for distribution by Fox Searchlight. A lifelong music freak, Geremy wrote the movie's original songs.
Award Presented by: Bridget Everett
Bridget Everett is a world-renowned cabaret artist. Her film, theater and television credits include Inside Amy Schumer, Two Broke Girls, Sex And The City, Trainwreck, Girls and the off-Broadway smash Rock Bottom. Her live television special Bridget Everett – Gynecological Wonder premiered on Comedy Central, and she can also be seen featured on the hit Netflix show Lady Dynamite. She is the star of the upcoming films Little Evil, Fun Mom Dinner and Patti Cake$. She is the co-creator, co-writer and star of the new Amazon series Love You More, premiering this fall.