John Ridley

Writer, 12 Years a Slave
Nominated for: Best Screenplay

JOHN RIDLEY is known across a variety of media, having achieved success in the worlds of television, film and literature. His film All Is By My Side, about Jimi Hendrix’s early years in London, is written and directed by Ridley and will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

His body of work includes the feature films U-Turn, Three Kings, and Red Tails; the hard-hitting novels Those Who Walk in Darkness and A Conversation With the Mann; his graphic novel The American Way; and his socio-political essay The Manifesto of Ascendancy for the Modern American Nigger, which was published in Esquire Magazine. Throughout, Ridley has built a reputation for social relevance and a willingness to forgo political correctness in pursuit of honest storytelling.