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Rex Pickett is the author of the novel Sideways, which was adapted into the award-winning film of the same title. Sideways won over 350 plaudits from various critics and film organizations, capturing five Academy Award and seven Golden Globe nominations. It was recently voted #15 on a list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Cent.
Rex is the author of two Sideways sequels – the IPPY Gold Medal award-winning Vertical, and Sideways 3: Chile – and is the screenwriter of My Mother Dreams the Satan’s Disciples in New York, which won the 2000 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. Rex has written and staged Sideways: the Play four times. His play is currently on a national tour in Spain and will run to 2023. Sideways: the Musical is gearing up for production with three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall at the helm.
Rex’s debut crime novel, The Archivist, was released Nov. 9, 2021 by Blackstone Publishing. A southern California native, his Rex Pickett Papers are currently enshrined at Geisel Library, a yearlong archival process that formed the inspiration for The Archivist.
As the novelist of Sideways, the number of awards for the adaptation of Rex’s novel are too lengthy to list. Most notably: the 2005 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; the ’05 WGA award for Best Adapted Screenplay; the ’05 Golden Globe for Best Screenplay; many other critics and awards organizations for the screenplay. Rex was the screenwriter behind the 2000 Academy Award winner for Best Live Action Short.
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