New York (ANI): Geoffrey Fletcher, the screenwriter of “Precious:
Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire", has become the first African
American screenwriter to take home an Academy Award. Fletcher, 39,
an adjunct professor of film at Columbia University and NYU,
surprised some by beating favourite Jason Reitman, writer/director
of “Up in the Air".
“I don"t know what to say," the New York Daily News quoted Fletcher
as saying during his acceptance speech. This was the
Connecticut-born writer"s first produced screenplay, for which he
was also awarded an Independent Spirit Award.