WGAE to honor John Patrick Shanley

'Doubt' scribe will receive the Ian McLellan Hunter Award

Film writer and playwright John Patrick Shanley, who wrote the Oscar-nominated adaptation of his play "Doubt," will be honored with the WGA East's Ian McLellan Hunter Award for career writing achievements.

He will be feted at the 61st annual WGA Awards at the Millennium Hotel's Hudson Theatre in New York on Feb. 7.

"John's ability to create and tell a compelling story, building not only from imagination but from vivid memory and experience, are profoundly worthy of the award and its namesake," WGAE president Michael Winship said.

Shanley's "Doubt" script has also drawn a WGA nomination for best adapted screenplay. His original screenplays include an Oscar-winning script for 1987's "Moonstruck," as well as scripts for "Five Corners" (1988) "The January Man" (1989) and "Joe Versus The Volcano" (1990), which he also directed. He wrote the adapted screenplay for 1993's "Alive."

Previous winners of the Hunter award include 2007 recipient Andrew Berman ("The In-Laws"). No recipient was named last year.