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Nicholl Fellowship winner Allan Durand on 'Willie Francis Must Die Again'

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Allan Durand (left) and Robert Shapiro attends The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' Nicholl Fellowship Ceremony on November 8, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. Valerie Macon/Getty Images North America

The Academy Awards aren't just for billion-dollar blockbusters and art-house films.

Each year, the Academy presents up to 5 Nicholl Fellowships, where amateur screenwriters are awarded $35,000 to help launch their careers.

Allan Durand  was one recipient of the award this year. He's a lawyer based in Layfayette, Louisiana, who wrote "Willie Francis Must Die Again," the real-life story of a 16-year old who survived his first execution attempt on the electric chair. 

KPCC's Patt Morrison spoke with Durand about the only man to be executed twice in Louisiana.

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