Writers Guild of America to Honor Eric Roth With Its Laurel Award

Eric Roth Office Portrait - P 2012

Eric Roth Office Portrait - P 2012

Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth will received the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2012 Laurel Award for Screen, a lifetime achievement award for outstanding writing in motion pictures, at the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Hollywood Palladium.

“In a career that spans over four decades, Eric Roth’s work – from Forrest Gump to The Insider, Ali, The Good Shepard, Benjamin Button, and this year’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – has traced the larger span of our history and the smaller, individual arcs of the human life. With poetry and humor, he has illuminated time and love and moral responsibility. He has made going to the movies both a stirring emotional education and a true joy,” WGAW president Christopher Keyser said.

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Roth won both Academy and Writers Guild Awards for his adapted screenplay for Forrest Gump, based on the novel by Winston Groom, and last month, the movie was among 25 iconic films selected by the Library of Congress for the National Film Registry.

Roth shared his second Oscar, Golden Globe, and WGA nominations with director Michael Mann for the adapted screenplay for The Insider, based on the article The Man Who Knew Too Much by Marie Brenner. Roth and Mann also earned both the WGAW’s Paul Selvin Award, honoring scripts which embody constitutional and civil rights, and the Humanitas Prize in 2000.

In 2006, Roth shared Oscar, Golden Globe, and Writers Guild Award nominations for the adapted screenplay of Munich, which he wrote with Tony Kushner based on the novel Vengeance by George Jonas.  And in 2009, he was nominated again for his screen adaption The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, written with Robin Swicord, based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Most recently, Roth adapted Jonathan Safran Foer’s 9/11-themed bestseller Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close for director Stephen Daldry, and he is currently writing an original outer space-themed feature film for Warner Bros.; serving as co-executive producer on David Milch’s new HBO drama series Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte; and executive producing the political suspense series House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.