'Lincoln' scribe honored for script's embodiment of liberty

“Lincoln” scribe Tony Kushner will receive the Paul Selvin Award from the WGA, given to the script that best embodies the spirit of constitutional and civil rights and liberties.

Kushner, who is also nominated for a WGA adapted screenplay honor, will receive the kudo at the Feb. 17 WGA Awards.

“Tony Kushner’s eloquent script for ‘Lincoln’ reminds us that, though we like to think of ourselves as the land of the free, in practice, freedom and equality are never a given, and that they are won only through struggle, often by the narrowest of margins and the greatest of sacrifice,” WGA West prexy Christopher Keyser said.

Kushner adapted his script for the Steven Spielberg-directed film from “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

“The best thing about working on the ‘Lincoln’ screenplay was having to think a lot about the centrality of civil rights to the functioning of democratic society and the means by which those rights are secured,” Kushner said, “so it means a lot to me to receive this lovely honor.”

Previous recipients of the Paul Selvin Award include Eric Roth, Michael Mann, Jason Horwitch, Don Payne, Robert Eisele & Jeffrey Porro, Dustin Lance Black, Anthony Peckham, Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, and most recently Tate Taylor.

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