Humanitas Prize Finalists Announced

From the lips of the Humanitas Foundation to, um, God’s ears? (Well, ours anyway.)

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by Team TVWriter™ Press Service

40 years ago, the Humanitas Prize was created to honor television and film writers “whose work explores the human experience in a way that both entertains and enlightens.” A worthy goal if ever there was one. This year, 31 writers, including some genuine Big Names, are finalists in eight interesting – and quite specialized – categories for the 40th annual Humanitas Prize. These writers are competing $90,000 in prize money to be handed out at the annual luncheon January 16 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Wow, that’s even better than the Spec Scriptacular!

Here’s a quick rundown of this year’s nominees:

Feature Film
12 Years A Slave
Written by: John Ridley

Belle
Written by: Misan Sagay

Nebraska
Written by: Bob Nelson

Sundance Feature Film
Camp X-Ray
Written by: Peter Sattler

Hellion
Written by: Kat Candler

Love Is Strange
Written by: Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias

Whiplash
Written by: Damien Chazelle

Documentary Category
Finding Vivian Maier
Directed by: John Maloof & Charlie Siskel

Merchants Of Doubt
Directed by: Robert Kenner

The Case Against 8
Written by: Ben Cotner & Ryan White

90 Minute TV
Mary And Martha
Written by: Richard Curtis (HBO)

Ring Of Fire
Written by: Richard Friedenberg (Lifetime)

The Normal Heart
Written by: Larry Kramer (HBO)

60 Minute TV
Homeland “The Star”
Written by: Alex Gansa & Meredith Stiehm (Showtime)

Parenthood “The Pontiac”
Written by: Jason Katims (NBC)

The Killing “Six Minutes”
Written by: Veena Sud (AMC)

True Detective “Form and Void”
Written by: Nic Pizzolatto (HBO)

30 Minute TV
How I Met Your Mother “Last Forever, Part 2”
Written by: Carter Bays & Craig Thomas (CBS)

Modern Family “Under Pressure”
Written by: Elaine Ko (ABC)

The Middle “Happy Halloween IV: The Ghost Story”
Written by: Roy Brown (ABC)

David & Lynn Angell Comedy Fellowship
Nora Sullivan, USC
Han-Yee Ling, UCLA
Jessica Blaire, UCLA

Drama Fellowship
Emily Brochin, USC
Kendell Klein, AFI
Mike MacGillivray, LMU

Good luck, everybody!