WGAW to honor Barry Levinson
Multihyphenate to receive Laurel Award for screenwritingThe WGA West will honor Barry Levinson with its 2010 Laurel Award for screenwriting.
The multihyphenate will be feted during the annual WGA Awards, set for Feb. 20 the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.
Levinson drew critical acclaim with his first feature, 1982's "Diner," which he wrote and directed. Subsequent films on which he was a writer, director and producer include 1990's "Avalon" and 1999's "Liberty Heights."
In announcing Levinson's selection for the award, WGAW president lauded the Baltimore native's "wonderful ability to create memorable movies that resonate with audiences by capturing a particular time and place."
As a screenwriter, Levinson has received Oscar nominations for 1979's "... And Justice for All," with co-writer Valerie Curtain; "Diner"; and "Avalon."
A six-time WGA nominee, Levinson won a WGA Award for his original screenplay for "Avalon" and shared awards for TV writing on "Time-Warner Presents: The Earth Day Special" and "The Carol Burnett Show."