Zailian tapped for WGAw Laurel Award

Scribe to be feted at Writers Guild ceremony

Screenwriter Steven Zaillian, whose credits include “Schindler’s List” and “Awakenings,” will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Laurel Award for Screen, honoring lifetime achievement in outstanding writing for motion pictures.

The kudo, announced Wednesday, will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 5 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood. Previous winners include Horton Foote, David Mamet, Lawrence Kasdan, Robert Benton, Budd Schulberg and Barry Levinson.

“Steven Zaillian’s best scripts not only function as intelligent, thought-provoking works that uplift and inspire audiences, but often, as in the case of his screenplays such as ‘Schindler’s List,’ they act as witness to crucial chapters in our collective history,” said WGA West president John Wells.

The guild noted that Zaillian’s “Schindler’s List” screenplay, based on the novel by Thomas Keneally, won the Oscar, a Writers Guild award, a BAFTA Award, the Humanitas Prize and PEN Center USA’s Literary Award.

Zaillian’s other screenplays include “Awakenings,” “The Falcon and the Snowman,” “Jack the Bear” and “American Gangster.” Co-writing credits include “Hannibal,” “Clear and Present Danger,” “Gangs of New York” and “The Interpreter.”

Zaillian also wrote and directed “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” “A Civil Action” and “All the King’s Men.” He recently adapted “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” directed by David Fincher, and is exec producing.

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