Paul Haggis Selected for Writers Guild East Career Achievement Award

The Writers Guild of America East has selected Paul Haggis to receive the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement.

Haggis is the only writer to have won back-to-back screenwriting Oscars, for “Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash.”

The honor will be presented at the 67th annual Writers Guild Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 14.

Haggis has been a member of the WGA since 1981. His screen credits include “Letters From Iwo Jima,” “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace,” while his TV credits include “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Thirtysomething,” which earned him Emmys for writing in a drama series and outstanding drama series.

“In a career stretching from episodic television to major feature films -– and at a time when, more than ever, a national dialogue is needed on such difficult topics as race and war — Paul Haggis has provoked audiences into facing the reality of a contemporary America in which conflict is a fact of life and the search for resolution never-ending,” said WGA East President Michael Winship.

“We honor his honesty, intelligence and creativity with this year’s Ian McClellan Hunter Award.”

Edward Zwick, who also worked on “Thirtysomething,” will present Haggis with the Hunter Award. Previous recipients include David Simon, David Koepp, Claire Labine, Frank Gilroy, Alan Zweibel, Andrew Bergman, Marshall Brickman, John Sayles, Jules Feiffer, Nora Ephron and Walter Bernstein.

 

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