Oliver Stone to Receive WGA Laurel Award

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Elaine May, Harold Ramis and David Mamet are all past winners of the honor.

Oliver Stone will be honored by the Writers Guild of America, West with the 2017 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, it was announced Thursday.

Stone won an Academy Award in 1979 for his screenplay for Midnight Express, and has been nominated for a best screenplay Oscar on four other occasions. In 1987, he was nominated twice in the category for Platoon and Salvador

Stone's films include JFK and Wall Street and often deal with highly controversial and political subjects. His most recent movie, Snowden, centers on the story of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Previous recipients of the Laurel Award, which is given to writers that have advanced the literature of motion pictures, include Elaine May, Harold Ramis, David Mamet and Tom Stoppard.

Stone will be presented with the honor on Feb. 19 at the Los Angeles ceremony of the guild’s awards show.