Anthony Peckham to receive Paul Selvin Award

The Writers Guild of America West has tapped “Invictus” screenwriter Anthony Peckham as recipient of its Paul Selvin Award, recognizing work which embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties.

Peckham will receive the kudo at the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremonies on Feb. 20 at the Century Plaza. Previous recipients include Allison Cross, Gary Ross, Cynthia Whitcomb, David E. Kelley, Eric Roth, Michael Mann, Jason Horwitch, Don Payne, Robert Eisele & Jeffrey Porro, and most recently, Dustin Lance Black for “Milk.”

“Anthony Peckham’s screenplay for Invictus perfectly illustrates what the Paul Selvin Award stands for, expertly conveying how only a few men can unite to impact positive change, and have that change resonate around the world,” said WGA West president John Wells.

Peckham’s screenplay is based upon the book “Playing the Enemy” by John Carlin and details how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar, to help unite their country.

Peckham’s a native of South Africa. “True leadership is a rare commodity and should be celebrated when we find it,” he said.

Peckham recently co-wrote “Sherlock Holmes” with Michael Robert Johnson and Simon Kinberg.

He is writing the screenplay for the undersea adventure thriller “Deep Sea Cowboys” for producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and upcoming includes the screenplays for “The Tourist,” based on the book by Olen Steinhauer and produced by George Clooney, and “The Limit,” based on the Michael Cannell book. Previous recipients include Allison Cross, Gary Ross, Cynthia Whitcomb, David E. Kelley, Eric Roth, Michael Mann, Jason Horwitch, Don Payne, Robert Eisele & Jeffrey Porro, and most recently, Dustin Lance Black for Milk in 2009.

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