WGA Awards: Paul Haggis to Receive Career Achievement Honor

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Paul Haggis

Edward Zwick will present him with the award that was given to David Simon last year

Paul Haggis will receive a career achievement honor at the 2015 Writers Guild Awards' New York ceremony on Feb. 14, it was announced Monday. Haggis will be honored with the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.

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Haggis is the only person in Oscar history to have written back-to-back best picture winners in 2005's Million Dollar Baby and 2006's Crash. He also wrote the Oscar-nominated Letters From Iwo Jima; two James Bond films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace; and TV shows Walker, Texas Ranger and Thirtysomething, for which he won two Emmys.

“In a career stretching from episodic television to major feature films — and at a time when more than ever a national dialogue is needed on such difficult topics as race and war — Paul Haggis has provoked audiences into facing the reality of a contemporary America in which conflict is a fact of life and the search for resolution never-ending,” WGA East president Michael Winship said in a statement. “We honor his honesty, intelligence and creativity with this year’s Ian McClellan Hunter Award.”

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Edward Zwick will present Haggis with the Hunter award, established in 1992 to honor a Writers Guild member for his or her body of work as a writer in motion pictures or television. Last year's award was given to David Simon, with previous recipients including David Koepp, Claire Labine, Frank Gilroy, Alan Zweibel, Andrew Bergman, Marshall Brickman, John Sayles, Jules Feiffer, Nora Ephron and Walter Bernstein.

Larry Wilmore will host the 2015 WGA Awards' New York ceremony, which will occur simultaneously with an L.A. ceremony.

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, TV, new media, video games, news, radio, promotion and graphic animation.