'Invictus' scribe to receive Selvin honor

Anthony Peckham will be presented with award on Feb. 20

"Invictus" screenwriter Anthony Peckham will be presented with the Writers Guild of America, West's 2010 Paul Selvin Award, recognizing work that embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties, at the WGAW's awards ceremony on Feb. 20 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City.

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"Anthony Peckham's screenplay for 'Invictus' perfectly illustrates what the Paul Selvin Award stands for, expertly conveying how only a few men can unite to impact positive change, and have that change resonate around the world," WGAW President John Wells.

Peckham's screenplay, based on John Carlin's book "Playing the Enemy," recounts how South African president Nelson Mandela joined forces with South Africa's rugby team, captained by Francois Pienaar, to united his country.

Peckham also co-wrote the recent "Sherlock Holmes," along with Michael Robert Johnson and Simon Kinberg from a screen story by Lionel Wigram and Johnson. He is currently writing the screenplay for the undersea adventure thriller "Deep Sea Cowboys" for producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

His upcoming film work includes the screenplays for "The Tourist" and "The Limit."