Photo credit: Emerald Fennell at the 2021 Academy Awards (Photo by Chris Pizzelo-Pool for Getty)

Emerald Fennell wins Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Promising Young Woman’

Her debut musical Cinderella will open at the Gillian Lynne Theatre this summer.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Emerald Fennell has won her first Academy Award, taking home the award for best original screenplay for her film Promising Young Woman. In winning the award, Fennell becomes the first British woman to ever win the category, and the seventh woman to win the category since its inception in 1940.

Later his year, Fennell will make her musical writing debut, penning the original book for Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. Carrie Hope Fletcher will play the titular princess in a revamped production, featuring music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Cinderella tickets are on sale now.

Prior to her Academy Award win, Fennell was best known as a head writer for BBC's Killing Eve. She also played Camilla Parker Bowles in season four of Netflix's The Crown.

Throughout the awards season, Fennell has picked up numerous accolades for Promising Young Woman. She won a BAFTA and a Critics Choice Award for best original screenplay, and was also nominated for three Golden Globes.

British actors and creatives shone at this year's Academy Awards, with Anthony Hopkins winning best actor for The Father and Daniel Kaluuya winning best supporting actor for Judas and the Black Messiah.

You can watch Emerald Fennell win her Academy Award for best original screenplay below. 

Photo credit: Emerald Fennell at the 2021 Academy Awards (Photo by Chris Pizzelo-Pool for Getty)


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