'King's Speech' Screenwriter David Seidler, 'Modern Family' Win Humanitas Prizes

The awards were handed out Friday night to works that "entertain, engage and enrich the viewing public."
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Oscar winner The King's Speech picked up yet another award as the 37th Humanitas Prizes were handed out Friday night at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel. David Seidler's screenplay along with episodes of Modern Family and Friday Night Lights were among the recipients of prizes totaling $85,000 at the ceremony where films and TV shows that "entertain, engage and enrich the viewing public" were recognized.

Among the film winners, who received $10,000 each were Seidler in the feature film category and Thomas McCarthy for Win Win in the Sundance feature film category. The documentary Louder Than a Bomb earned Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel $5,000.

On the TV side, the winners, who received $10,000 each were George Stevens Jr., Thurgood, 90 minute category; Jason Katims, Always episode of Friday Night Lights, 60 minute category; Abraham Higgenbotham, The Kiss episode of Modern Family, 30 minute category; and Jonathan Groff and Jon Pollack for Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special in the animation category.

The David & Lynn Angell Fellowship in Comedy Writing was awarded to UCLA's Robin W. Morton for the spec script Life is Beautiful for Modern Family. The Humanitas Student Fellowship went to USC's Amy Ripling for the original script of Inklings.

The Kieser Award was presented to Gary David Goldberg.

"We honor the most gifted writers working today. It is extremely gratifying to play a role in recognizing and honoring these Humanitas winners," Cathleen Young, Humanitas executive director, said as she announced the winners along with outgoing president John Wells. "The work of these writers is truly inspiring."