Michael Arndt

Oscar-winning screenwriter
Michael Arndt headshot

Michael Arndt was a Nicholl semifinalist in 1991 and 2001 before winning the Best Screenplay Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine. He wrote Toy Story 3, perhaps the most beloved animated film in a generation, and he’s also had major successes in the sci-fi realm with the scripts for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Oblivion.

Following his win for Best Original Screenplay for Little Miss Sunshine he was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Toy Story 3. This made Arndt the first screenwriter ever to be nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay for his first two screenplays.

Michael Arndt is appearing at the following sessions:

7:00pm Endings: The Good, The Bad, and the Insanely Great PRERECORD

7:00pm Endings: The Good, The Bad, and the Insanely Great PRERECORD

The Oscar-winning writer has mastered all things screenwriting, and this thoughtful analysis of what makes an ending awesome will definitely — DEFINITELY — make your writing better.  

8:00pm Achieving Greatness: 1-on-1 with Michael Arndt

8:00pm Achieving Greatness: 1-on-1 with Michael Arndt

A master at character, structure, and theme in equal measure, Michael Arndt has worked for studios, on spec, and everything in between on his way to being the first writer ever nominated for BOTH screenwriting Oscars in his first two produced features.