Former Quad-Cities filmmakers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods took home the Critics Choice Award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Film for their blockbuster hit “A Quiet Place” at Sunday’s trophy ceremony in Los Angeles.
Beck and Woods co-wrote the screenplay for the smash hit, which was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, losing to legendary veteran filmmaker Paul Schrader for his script for “First Reformed.”
Beck and Woods grew up in Bettendorf and began their career producing films around the Quad-Cities area, featuring local talent. After winning the MTV Young Filmmakers Competition, they made their way to Los Angeles, working through various productions over the past decade before breaking through in a huge way with “A Quiet Place,” which became an international hit. Their next feature, “Haunt,” written and directed by the duo, and produced by Eli Roth, is due in theaters in 2019.
Pictured are the two with longtime local film critic, Linda Cook.
“Best part of the Critics’ Choice Awards last night was hanging with our hometown critic Linda Cook, who predicted nearly a year ago that we would be nominated for A QUIET PLACE,” Woods posted on Facebook. “We didn’t believe her then, but happy to be wrong now! Linda has been reviewing our movies since we were teenagers, so it was incredible to share this special evening with her. Thanks to everyone who watched CW last night to cheer us on.”
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