Arkansas connections among 2017 Writers Guild Awards nominees

wgaCourtesy of Skip Rutherford comes news that the Writers Guild Award nominees include two with Arkansas connections.

The first is that Little Rock native Jeff Nichols scored a nomination in the Original Screenplay category for LOVING.  (If it is nominated for an Oscar, it would be in the Adapted Screenplay category — because the Oscars don’t always have the same rules as other awards.)

The second is that Command and Control is nominated for Documentary Screenplay.  This film depicts that Titan II silo explosion at Damascus.  It features a telescript by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser, story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts. Based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser;

Pulitzer Finalists: Some Arkansas Connections

At least two of the finalists for Pulitzer Prizes this year have Arkansas connections.

Phillip Reese of The Sacramento Bee was a finalist in the Investigative Reporting category. He is a former writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control was a finalist in the History category.  He spoke at the Clinton School this past year. His book explores mishaps and near-misses in the US handling of nuclear weapons using, as its framwork, the Titan II missile explosion from September 1980 near Damascus AR.   His Clinton school remarks can be seen here.