It took a little patience and a lot of good humor to get the 2012 Humanitas Prize kudos handed out on Friday.
Technical difficulties, human error and the propensity of scribes to hog the microphone made for a three hour-plus affair at the Montage hotel in Bev Hills, where the luncheon ceremony was hosted by Bill Lawrence. When all was said and done, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Rescue Me” and “Modern Family” claimed the top top series honors.
ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (Stacy McKee) and FX’s “Rescue Me” (Denis Leary and Peter Tolan) tied for hourlong series category. ABC’s “Modern Family” (Abraham Higginbotham and Dan O’Shannon) won the half-hour heat. HBO’s “Cinema Verite” (David Seltzer) prevailed in the 90-minute telepic category. Seltzer noted that he was one the first winners of the awards, which recognize works that illuminate the human condition, Humanitas winners back in 1975. “I’m going to be back here in 38 years, I promise,” Seltzer said.
The kidvid nod for animation went to Joe Ansolabeheve for the Hub’s “Pound Puppies.” The Disney Channel telepic “Radio Rebel” (Erik Patterson and Jessica Scott) won for live-action.
The docu category also ended in a tie. Lisa R. Cohen was recognized for the Angola prison doc “Serving Life,” as was Tom Shadyac, for “I Am,” a chronicle of his spiritual awakening after a bicycle accident.
The fellowship honors for college writers went to UCLA’s Tamlin Hall (for comedy) and USC’s Caitlin Parrish (for drama).
“House” creator David Shore was feted in recognition of the Fox drama’s eight-season run. Benjamin Salka, head of the children’s literacy org Story Pirates, was lauded with the philanthropic kudo.