Writer-director recognized for his 'The Help' script

Tate Taylor is set to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Paul Selvin Award for his adapted screenplay for the civil rights-era drama “The Help.”

The Selvin Award “recognizes written work which embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties.”

Taylor, who also directed, will be honored at the guild’s West Coast ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Hollywood Palladium.

He’s also been nommed for the WGA adapted screenplay award.

“Tate Taylor’s adapted screenplay for ‘The Help’ artfully distills the empowering essence and core emotional truths of Kathryn Stockwell’s novel, translating it into a film that forcefully illustrates how ordinary people can impact positive social change. Evoking a specific time and place, the film’s message is ultimately universal and remains relevant today,” said WGAW president Christopher Keyser. Taylor’s script “does Paul Selvin’s legacy proud by conveying the continuing power of the written word.”

Taylor said he was keenly aware of the many heroes from the battle for civil rights when he penned the script. “But to me, ordinary heroes such as Aibileen and Minny are often the ones we find most relatable and empowered by,” he said. “After all, the ordinary hero hiding in each of us is often the most powerful catalyst for change.”

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