Kudos to be presented Feb. 21 at WGA Awards

HOLLYWOOD — The Writers Guild of America East has tapped Jules Feiffer to receive its Ian McLellan Hunter Award for lifetime achievement in writing.

The WGA East also named Sen. John McCain as the recipient of its Evelyn F. Burkey Award, for contributions that have brought honor and dignity to writers.

Kudos will be presented Saturday at the 56th annual WGA Awards at Gotham’s Pierre Hotel.

Previous recipients of the Hunter Award include Ring Lardner Jr., Donald E. Westlake, Evan Hunter, Herb Gardner, Horton Foote, William Persky, Jay Presson Allen, Ernest Kinoy, Robert Benton, Walter Bernstein, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and Nora Ephron.

Feiffer’s “Munro” won the 1960 Oscar for animated short subject. Feiffer also won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1986. His screenplays include “Carnal Knowledge,” “Popeye,” “Little Murders” and the Alain Resnais-helmed “I Want to Go Home.”

Feiffer has written two novels, 13 plays and nine children’s books; he also illustrated Norton Juster’s kids classic “The Phantom Tollbooth.”

The Hunter Award is named in memory of a longtime member of the WGAE Council with more than 20 screen credits. Although harassed during the blacklist, he wrote several successful TV series under a pseudonym and re-emerged as a writer on TV projects, including “The Blue and the Gray.”

The WGA East said it was honoring McCain for his work as chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee in the area of media consolidation.

“He has brought the FCC rule changes to the forefront of national concern,” said WGA East prexy Herb Sargent. “The result of Sen. McCain’s support is national awareness of these important issues and the immense effect on the quality of democracy these changes would have. The benefits continue to be felt throughout the entertainment community.”

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