David O. Russell, Ryan Coogler Honored With $10,000 Humanitas Award
David O. Russell and Ryan Coogler were among the writers honored with the Humanitas Prize, it was announced on Friday.
The filmmakers, who also will receive a $10,000 prize, were named recipients of the award at a luncheon hosted at the Montage Beverly Hills on Sept. 20.
The organization, which has awarded prizes since 1974, honors writers in TV and film whose stories are "entertaining and uplifting." The prizes are funded by an endowment supported in part by studio and network contributions, the organization stated.
Russell was awarded the prize in the feature film category for 2012's Silver Linings Playbook, which featured Bradley Cooper as a man struggling with bipolar disorder. The film won an Academy Award for Jennifer Lawrence's performance.
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) and John Gatlin (Flight) were also nominated in the Humanitas prize category.
In the Sundance category, Coogler, who wrote and directed Fruitvale Station, was awarded the prize from Humanitas. The film had been awarded the Audience Award and Grand Jury prize in January at Sundance.
Writers Jeff Nichols (Mud) and Michael Starrbury (The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete) were nominated for the Humanitas prize in the Sundance category.
In 2012, Humanitas awarded The Conspirator writers James Solomon and Gregory Bernstein in the feature film category and Beasts of the Southern Wild scribes Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin in the Sundance feature category.
The full 2013 winners list is below:
Feature Film Category ($10,000)
David O. Russell: Silver Linings Playbook
Sundance Feature Film Category ($10,000)
Ryan Coogler: Fruitvale Station
Documentary Category ($5,000)
Mark Bailey: Ethel
90 Minute Category ($10,000)
Ligiah Villalobos: Firelight
60 Minute Category ($10,000)
Stephen Nathan: Bones "The Patriot in Purgatory"
30 Minute Category ($10,000)
Danny Zuker and Christopher Lloyd: Modern Family "Party Crasher"
Children’s Live Action Category ($10,000)
Eric Daniel and Don D. Scott: Let it Shine
The David & Lynn Angell Fellowship in Comedy Writing ($20,000)
Jason Romaine: Original script of Late Bloomers "Pilot" UCLA
The Humanitas Student Drama Fellowship ($10,000)
Taylor Martin: Original Script of A Special Education "Pilot" USC