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Richard LaGravenese will be given a career achievement honor at the 2016 Writers Guild Awards New York ceremony on Feb. 13, it was announced Thursday. The screenwriter will receive the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.
LaGravenese has written 17 feature films, including the Terry Gilliam-directed, Robin Williams-starring The Fisher King; Alfonso Cuaron’s A Little Princess; Clint Eastwood’s The Bridges of Madison County; Barbra Streisand’s The Mirror Has Two Faces and Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer. He also wrote and directed P.S. I Love You, The Last Five Years and Freedom Writers, among other movies.
LaGravenese also adapted Scott Thorson’s memoir of his relationship with Liberace for HBO’s Behind the Candelabra.
”The career of Richard LaGravenese is a continuing source of pride to his colleagues in the Writers Guild of America, East,” WGA East president Michael Winship said in a statement. “With sensitivity and a sure grasp of the human condition, Richard’s screenplays poignantly capture the vicissitudes of life. His creativity and skill bring to all of his work a distinctive point of view that wins the hearts and provokes the minds of anyone lucky enough to see a film that bears his credit.”
The Ian McClellan Hunter Award was established in 1992 to honor a Writers Guild member for his or her body of work as a writer in motion pictures or television. Hunter, a longtime WGAE member, was harassed by the blacklist in the 1950s and went on to write several successful TV series under a pseudonym before reemerging as a TV writer. Last year’s award was given to Paul Haggis, with previous recipients including David Simon, David Koepp, Claire Labine, Frank Gilroy, Alan Zweibel, Andrew Bergman, Marshall Brickman, John Sayles, Jules Feiffer, Nora Ephron and Walter Bernstein.
LaGravenese was nominated for a best original screenplay Oscar for Fisher King and has received two Emmy nominations, including one for Candelabra.
The WGA East recently announced that Senator Al Franken will receive the Evelyn F. Burkey Award at the New York ceremony of the 2016 WGA Awards. The prize, established to honor Burkey, who helped created the WGA East and served as its executive director until her retirement in 1972, recognizes a person or organization whose contributions have brought honor and dignity to writers. The award has previously been given to Norman Lear, James Schamus, Edward Albee, Walter Bernstein, Joan Didion, Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, Arthur Miller, Joan Ganz Cooney and Walter Cronkite.
The 2016 WGA Awards’ New York ceremony will occur simultaneously with a Los Angeles ceremony on Feb. 13. The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, TV, new media, video games, news, radio, promotion and graphic animation.
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