'Trumbo' Screenwriter John McNamara to Get WGA's Paul Selvin Award

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He will be honored at the WGA ceremony on Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Trumbo screenwriter John McNamara has been tapped to receive the Writers Guild of America's 2016 Paul Selvin Award for his screenplay behind Jay Roach's biopic.

McNamara, who was also a producer on Trumbo, will be feted during the WGA Awards ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. His adapted screenplay, based on Bruce Cook's biography Dalton Trumbo, was also nominated by the WGA.

Trumbo chronicles the turbulent career and life of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. The Paul Selvin Award honors work that supports the constitutional and civil rights of writers.

"Though we’ve given it since 1989, it might as well have been purpose-built for John McNamara’s Trumbo," WGAW president Howard A. Rodman said Tuesday in a statement. "In shining light on a dark corner of our history, while at the same time illuminating Dalton Trumbo from within, John McNamara has both illustrated and embodied the importance of courageous writing."

Trumbo, which debuted in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, stars Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Louis CK, Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, Michael Stuhlbarg and John Goodman. Bleecker Street released the picture domestically.

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