The WGA West has selected Budd Schulberg as recipient of its 2008 Laurel Award for Screen, honoring lifetime achievement in writing for motion pictures.
He’ll be honored at the guild’s awards luncheon Wednesday at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Previous winners include Billy Wilder, Horton Foote, John Huston, Blake Edwards, Mel Brooks, David Mamet, Lawrence Kasdan, and last year’s honoree, Robert Benton.
Schulberg’s best known for penning “On the Waterfront,” which won a Writers Guild award and an Oscar. Screen credits include “A Face in the Crowd,” “Wind Across the Everglades,” “The Harder They Fall,” “Government Girl,” “Little Orphan Annie” and “Winter Carnival.”
His TV credits include “A Question of Honor,” the documentary “Once Upon A Time…Is Now: The Story of Princess Grace” and General Electric Theater TV adaptations of his own short stories, “Memory in White” and “The Legend That Walks Like a Man.”
Schulberg’s first novel, “What Makes Sammy Run?,” won the National Critics Award for best first novel. His other works include “Some Faces in the Crowd,” “Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage,” his autobiography “Moving Pictures: Memories of a Hollywood Prince” and novels including “The Harder They Fall” and “The Disenchanted.”
The Writers Guild Foundation hosts “An Evening With Budd Schulberg” Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.