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Gallatin Alumnus John Ridley Wins Academy Award

Alumnus John Ridley (BA ’87) Academy Award Winner: John Ridley (BA ’87) is now a Best Adapted Screenplay honoree for the critically acclaimed, Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave

Mar 3, 2014

John Ridley

From Gallatin to the Academy Awards

From New York University to the Academy Awards: Gallatin alumnus John Ridley (BA ’87) is now a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award Winner for the critically acclaimed 12 Years a Slave. Ridley’s fellow nominees included Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke), Captain Phillips (Billy Ray), Philomena (Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope), and Martin Scorcesse’s The Wolf of Wall Street (Terence Winter).

Ridley’s big-screen adaptation of Solomon Northup’s antebellum slave memoir also won Best Picture and Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o) and gained nominations for Director (Steve McQueen), Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Costume Design (Patricia Norris), Film Editing (Joe Walker), and Production Design (Adam Stockhausen and Alice Baker). You can view his speech here.

This is Ridley’s first Oscar nomination and win. His screenplay for 12 Years a Slave also received a nomination at the Golden Globes, where the film won Best Motion Picture (Drama).