Steinhardt Alumnus John Patrick Shanley (‘77) Nominated for Academy Award


(From l. to r.: Shanley; Steinhardt Dean Mary Brabeck; Philip Seymour Hoffman, TSOA ‘89; Tisch Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell; Moises Kaufman, TSOA ‘89. Photo credit: Fred Bush)

John Patrick Shanley (Steinhardt ‘77) has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Doubt, his acclaimed motion picture based on his Pulitzer prize-winning play. Shanley, pictured above at a preview film screening of Doubt co-sponsored by Steinhardt and Tisch School of the Arts in December, not only wrote the screenplay adaptation, but also directed the film, which stars Academy award winner Meryl Streep, Academy award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (TSOA ‘89), and Academy award nominee Amy Adams. Streep, Hoffman, and Adams were also nominated for their performances in Doubt, along with Viola Davis, for Best Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress, respectively.

Shanley remarked, “The cast entrusted me with their careers for a time. I’m delighted that they have not been made to feel sorry for doing so. This is the first time since Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that all of the actors have been nominated.”

Best of luck at the Oscars on February 22! We’ll be watching!

Watch the trailer for Doubt.