Reigning Oscar-winning screenwriters Simon Beaufoy and Dustin Lance Black headlined the list of finalists for the 2009 Humanitas prizes.
In addition to Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and Black (“Milk”), the writers of animated Oscar champ “Wall-E” — Andrew Stanton and Pete Docter for the story, Stanton and Jim Reardon for the screenplay — drew a nomination in the feature film category.
Also nominated for the feature-film prize were Gina Prince Bythewood (“The Secret Life of Bees”) and John Patrick Shanley (“Doubt”).
Black drew a nomination in the 90-minute category for “Pedro” alongside John Pielmeier for “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story” and Michael R. Strobl and Ross Katz for “Taking Chance.”
TV drama nominees were Amanda Green (“Law and Order: SVU”), David Hoselton (“House”), Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”) and David Zabel (“ER”). Among half-hours, nominees were Aseem Batra (“Scrubs”), Robert Carlock (“30 Rock”), John Frink (“The Simpsons”) and Jamie Rhonheimer (“How I Met Your Mother”).
Cherien Dabis (“Amreeka”), Shana Feste (“The Greatest”) and Marie Noelle (“The Anarchist’s Wife”) were nommed in the Sundance feature film category.
Two writers from “True Jackson, VP” — Andy Gordon and Dan Kopelman — joined Arika Lisanne Mittman (“South of Nowhere”) in the children’s live-action category. No award is being presented for children’s animation this year.
Two Humanitas fellowships have also been announced. The David & Lynn Angell Fellowship in comedy writing went to Scott Rutherford (“Venice Beach, G.E.D.”) and the Humanitas student drama fellowship to Joey Falco (“Fortunate Sons”).
The Humanitas prizes, aimed at rewarding work that explores the human condition and affirms human dignity, will be presented Sept. 17 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.