'Black Panther,' 'Boy Erased' and More Announced as 2019 Humanitas Prize Finalists

12:58 PM 11/27/2018

by Linda Xu

The organization will also honor Marta Kauffman and Kenya Barris at its Feb. 8 awards ceremony.

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Humanitas on Tuesday revealed the finalists for its 44th annual Humanitas Prize awards, which honor film and television writers whose work inspires compassion, hope and understanding in the human family. The awards ceremony will take place Feb. 8 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Finalists in the 30-minute comedy category include Megan Amram for The Good Place and Amy Sherman-Palladino for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The film categories feature Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole for Black Panther, Joel Edgerton for Boy Erased and Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim for Crazy Rich Asians.

“Humanitas enjoyed an embarrassment of riches this year,” Humanitas president Ali LeRoi said. “There were so many incredible submissions from such gifted writers.”
Humanitas has also named six college students as finalists for the David and Lynn Angell College Comedy Fellowship and the Carol Mendelsohn College Drama Fellowship. The winning writers in each category will receive $20,000 in prize money.
“It’s always an honor and a privilege to lift up writers who are passionate about telling stories that entertain us, but also deeply explore what it means to be a human in a way that promotes peace and love,” Humanitas executive director Cathleen Young said.

In addition to the finalists, the ceremony will also honor Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman with the Kieser Award and Kenya Barris with the Voice for Change Award. Barris won a Humanitas Prize for Black-ish in 2017.

A full list of 2019 finalists follows.

  • 60-minute Drama Category

    God Friended Me, “Pilot” - Written by Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt

    Orange Is the New Black, “Be Free” - Written by Brian Chamberlayne

    The Good Doctor, “More” - Written by David Shore & Lloyd Gilyard Jr.

    This Is Us, “This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life” - Written by Kay Oyegun

  • 30-minute Comedy Category

    Dear White People, “Volume 2: Chapter VIII” - Written by Jack Moore

    One Day at a Time, “Hello, Penelope” - Written by Michelle Badillo & Caroline Levich

    The Good Place, “Jeremy Bearimy” - Written by Megan Amram

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “Mid-way to Mid-town” - Written and Directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino

  • Children's Teleplay Category

    Alexa & Katie, “Winter Formal, Part 2” - Written by Matthew Carlson

    My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, “Surf and/or Turf” - Written by Brian Hohlfeld

    Muppet Babies, “You Say Potato, I Say Best Friend” - Written by Laura Sreebny

    Z-O-M-B-I-E-S - Written by David Light & Joseph Raso, Based on Zombies & Cheerleaders Written by David Light & Joseph Raso

  • Drama Feature Film Category

    Black Panther - Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

    Boy Erased - Screenplay by Joel Edgerton, Based on the memoir Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

    On the Basis of Sex - Written by Daniel Stiepleman

    What They Had - Written and Directed by Elizabeth Chomko

  • Comedy Feature Film Category

    Boundaries - Written and Directed by Shana Feste

    Crazy Rich Asians - Screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, Based on the Novel Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

    Eight Grade - Written and Directed by Bo Burnham

    Love, Simon - Screenplay by Elizabeth Berger & Isaac Aptaker, Based on the Novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

  • Family Feature Film Category

    Christopher Robin - Screenplay by Alex Ross Perry and Tom McCarthy and Allison Schroeder, Story by Greg Brooker and Mark Steven Johnson, Based on the characters created by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard

    Incredibles 2 - Written and Directed by Brad Bird

    Isle of Dogs - Screenplay by Wes Anderson, Story by Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi Nomura

    Mary Poppins Returns - Screenplay by David Magee, Screen Story by David Magee & Rob Marshall & John DeLuca, Based upon the Mary Poppins stories by P.L. Travers

  • Independent Feature Film Category

    Brian Banks - Written by Doug Atchison

    Laugh or Die - Screenplay by Heikki Kujanpää and Mikko Reitala

    Sorry to Bother You - Written and Directed by Boots Riley

    The Grizzlies - Written by Graham Yost and Moira Walley-Beckett

    The Rider - Written and Directed by Chloé Zhao

  • Documentary Category

    TransMilitary - Concept by Fiona Dawson, Written by Jamie Coughlin and Gabriel Silverman, Directed by Gabriel Silverman, Co-Directed by Fiona Dawson

    Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram - Written and Produced by Karen Edwards, Directed by Gemma Atwal

    The Fourth Estate, “Part 3: American Carnage” - Directed by Liz Garbus and Jenny Carchman, Produced by Liz Garbus, Jenny Carchman, Justin Wilkes

    The Price of Free - Story by Davis Guggenheim, Derek Doneen, Sarah Anthony, Directed by Derek Doneen, Produced by Davis Guggenheim and Sarah Anthony

  • The David and Lynn Angell College Comedy Fellowship

    Band of Mothers - Sabrina Brennan (USC)

    Fernando - Adam Lujan (NYU)

    Head Case - Ellie Goodman (Northwestern University)

  • The Carol Mendelsohn College Drama Fellowship

    Rue Pigalle - Jessica Shields (Columbia University)

    The Bargeman - Joe Hemphill (Boston University)

    Wilcox Park - Omar Willis (USC)