Finalists set for Humanitas nods


The writers behind "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," "Juno" and "Lars and the Real Girl" have been named finalists in the 2008 Humanitas Prize feature film category.

Episodes from "Boston Legal," "John Adams" and "The Wire" were the finalists in the 60-minute television category.

The Humanitas, which honor film and TV writing that explores the human condition, also ushered in a new era by bringing writer-producer John Wells aboard as president. Frank Desiderio, the president since 2000, will become chairman of the board.

Humanitas' annual luncheon also is changing its venue, from the Universal Hilton to the Beverly Hills Hotel, for its Sept. 17 awards festivities.

Ronald Harwood ("Butterfly"), Diablo Cody ("Juno") and Nancy Oliver ("Lars") are in the running for part of the $115,000 in prize money.

Other finalists include "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," "Charlie & Me," "A Life Interrupted" and "Pictures of Hollis Woods" in the 90-minute category and "The Bill Engvall Show," "In Treatment," and "Scrubs" in the 30-minute category. (partialdiff)