Humanitas honors three scribes

'WALL-E' writers earn award for screenplay

Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter walked away with the feature film award for their "WALL-E" screenplay Thursday at the annual Humanitas Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Founded by Rev. Ellwood "Bud" Kieser 35 years ago, the Humanitas prizes reward TV and film writers whose work enriches human understanding. In his acceptance speech, Reardon noted that to keep themselves thematically on-point while writing their script, the "WALL-E" scribes referred to their protagonist as Johnny Humanity-Seed.

Michael R. Strobl and Ross Katz were honored in the 90-minute category for writing the HBO film "Taking Chance," Jason Katims was lauded in the 60-minute category for his "Tomorrow Blues" episode of "Friday Night Lights," and Aseem Batra was feted in the 30-minute category for her "My Last Words" episode of "Scrubs."

Writer-director Cherien Dabis won the Sundance feature film award for "Amreeka," and Arika Lisanne Mittman took the children's live-action award for her "Spencer's 18th Birthday" episode of "South of Nowhere."

Humanitas president John Wells, board member Steve Zaillian and trustees Shonda Rhimes, Richard LaGravenese and Damon Lindelof were among those in attendance at the celebratory luncheon.

"Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence emceed and joked at one point that "I'm milking this because I think the odds of me being back here for (his new ABC series) 'Cougar Town' are pretty slim."